Sound — 8
The folk art pop group The 1900s is a refined breed of musicians who ferment the pensive folk interludes of Iron And Wine with the arousing melodic rustles of The Polyphonic Spree on their first full length album Cold & Kind. Produced by Graeme Gibson (Joan Of Arc, Califone), the songs switch from rigging a sparse melodic trickle shown on No Delay and Supernatural to pervading a jangly-pop stock familiar to Feist and Broken Social Scene's music on numbers like Two Ways, The Medium Ways, and the poppy infectious grooves of When I Say Go. The upbeat tempo and glossy harmonics of the title track and on Georgia have a hip So-Cal pop fluency relatable to The Mamas And The Papas but with more modern pop hooks honed like Destroyer and Okkervil River. The 1900s also put a slight country flange in their folk-pop arrangements which pillow a warm, sensual vibe foaming up songs like City Water, Aculiplantar Dude, and Wool Of The Lamb. The band's use of gorgeous, seraphic strings adds opulent textures to the melodies and their use of jolly moving horns chiseling paths along the country-folk channels offers comfy projectiles. The 1900s made a good listening album whose purpose is similar to Feist and The Polyphonic Spree's music in it's pleasantries and sonic lifts.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics are about mundane things in life and issues involved with being in a relationship. The lyrics can be applied to anyone like in the song, When I Say Go as the vocalists sing Watching all the quiet faces I don't understand. I can't say that it is the lyrics which are The 1900s strongest point, but that the band has four vocalists, Jeanine O'Toole, Caroline Donovan, Andra Kulans, and guitarist Edward Anderson who harmonizes perfectly is what makes this band special. They work the vocal melodies in such a flattering way that even if they are singing about washing their cars, it comes out with graceful strokes.
Overall Impression — 7
The 1900s have several similarities to other folk art pop groups and solo artists who can make them seem lost in the shuffle. They have many good points and bring out the group's charismatic vocals in their songs for Cold & Kind, the sequel to their 2006 EP Plume Delivery. Joining the group's vocalists on this album are Mike Jasinski on keyboards, Tim Minnick on drums, and Charlie Ransford on bass. They seem more than just a music group but a family of siblings like The Partridge Family. The 1900s envision themselves as a reincarnation of Fleetwood Mac and they do produce a similar psychedelic-pop vigor but with more modern pop indentations which make them ripe for college radio audiences.