Cold War Kids - Hospital Beds Single Review

Cold War Kids Hospital Beds Single

Review of Hospital Beds Single by Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids

Hospital Beds

Single Review

I'm still not sure what to make of this band. This is the second single I've heard by them and whilst I can appreciate the delicate nature of the piano-led bittersweet ballad, I also get the uneasy feeling that after Keane and Coldplay's recent successes, particularly in America, that A&R men all round the country have been looking for a similar band to back. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but can mean a band can get signed merely for ticking all the boxes, rather than on pure merit.

The tortured vocals and lyrics about 'joy and misery' comes across on the one hand as slightly pretentious and forced, but on the other hand the subject is obviously very evocative, and I get the feeling that he wants to come across as genuine. Unfortunately his lyrics aren't really much cop.

The live B-sides show a different side to the band. Much more soulful and challenging, and the singer's voice really comes into its own. There's also an 8 minute track here, where a vast, sprawling musical tapestry works to good effect. However, the best track on this four-track single is a Sam Cooke cover. It's easy to see why they are getting a lot of press at the minute, but personally I found there to be a lack of depth and engaging lyrics, which is critical for a band of this nature. The talent and potential is there, it's just whether this can be realised in future recordings.

David Lapidus

Site -


More Cold War Kids

French Style Furs (Cold War Kids, We Barbarians) Premiere Three Tracks In Advance Of Their Debut Lp Is Exotic Bait On Bullett

French Style Furs is Nathan Willett, Matt Maust, & Nathan WarkentinFrench Style Furs Is Exotic Bait LP came to fruition through a combination of fate,...

A Week In Music, Suede Return With A New Album To Match Their Best, Vampire Weekend Release Unusual Double A Side, Beyonce Causes A Stir With 'Bow Down'

Albums of Note... Tasked with the tricky mission of releasing an album that stood up to their back catalogue, after several years in the wilderness...

Cold War Kids - Dear Miss Lonely Hearts Album Review

Two years on from their last offering and with the addition of new guitarist Dan Gallucci, Cold War Kids return with Dear Miss Lonely Hearts:...

Cold War Kids - Hang Me Up To Dry

Cold War Kids Hang Me Up To DrySingle Review Re-released to coincide with their endless list of summer dates in the UK and already a...


Cold War Kids, Hospital Beds, Video Video

Cold War KidsHospital BedsVideoCold War Kids released their last single, Hospital Beds on May 14th 2007. Cold War Kids were one of the highlights at...

Cold War Kids - Hospital Beds

Cold War KidsHospital BedsSingle Review I'm still not sure what to make of this band. This is the second single I've heard by them and...

Cold War Kids - Hang Me Up To Dry

Cold War KidsHang Me Up To DrySingle Review From the moment the first strains of the eeriest bassline since 'With Or Without You' echoed through...

Cold War Kids, Hang Me Up To Dry, Video Stream Video

Cold War Kids Hang Me Up To Dry Video Bands to watch for 2007? - Cold War Kids have undoubtedly been named one of them....



Cold War Kids Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Cold War Kids

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All