Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Cage the Elephant didn't exist until 2005, but as this self-titled album demonstrates, their ability to be influenced by alternative rock and classic rock simultaneously is a definite plus.
  2. The group's self-titled debut shows that it has more than one flashy single to offer.
  3. Despite callow lyrics and what sounds like an unfortunate Nineties rock-rap influence--'In One Ear' sports G. Love and Special Sauce-style rhyming--Cage the Elephant make a fine mess on their debut.
  4. There's a Red Bull-powered Stooges lurking in here somewhere, and when Cage the Elephant can transfer their live power to record, they'll be unstoppable.
  5. In the context of a studio recording, Cage The Elephant's premiere isn't far off insufferable.
  6. It’s a fatal flaw that rears itself again and again as a bastardised version of blue-collar Americana is force-fed a mass-produced strain of bland modern rock throughout all eleven tracks.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. AlM
    Sep 23, 2009
    9
    Critics are only critics because they lack the talent to be musicians. Ignore them at all times.
  2. GeoffC
    Sep 3, 2009
    9
    Of course I heard their single "Ain't no Rest for the Wicked" on the radio. I downloaded the CD and was not disappointed ! The best way Of course I heard their single "Ain't no Rest for the Wicked" on the radio. I downloaded the CD and was not disappointed ! The best way I can think to describe their sound is classic rock with blues, funk, and jazz thrown in. One of the best CD's I've heard in a long time. Full Review »
  3. stephanieh
    Jul 23, 2009
    8
    Rockin'! Something with an actual message, something real, something unique. A nice change from the manufactured pop, radio friendly Rockin'! Something with an actual message, something real, something unique. A nice change from the manufactured pop, radio friendly crap that's been out for years. Critic reviews?? Ha! Proof again that the industry has lost the idea of real genuine talent and are completely out of touch with the consumer. Hello?? Who pays your salary?? Us. Slamming a group that is creative and talented only turns me off more from the mags, reviews, and TV stuff you've been force-feeding us for years. Full Review »