Cage The Elephant

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  • Summary: The debut album for the Kentucky indie-rock band was produced by Jay Joyce.
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  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. AlM
    Sep 23, 2009
    9
    Critics are only critics because they lack the talent to be musicians. Ignore them at all times.
  2. Dec 15, 2014
    9
    I understand that the music we're saturated with today causes critics to be misled on what good music is. I can take the song and transpose itI understand that the music we're saturated with today causes critics to be misled on what good music is. I can take the song and transpose it into a playable arrangement. Check. It has a base rhythm for all of the components of the song. Check. It is pleasing to listen to. Check. Critics are wrong about this band going nowhere. Check. Expand
  3. Apr 6, 2015
    9
    Probably the best album they've made, the only one that touches it is "Melophobia". A very solid record, start to finish. It includes some ofProbably the best album they've made, the only one that touches it is "Melophobia". A very solid record, start to finish. It includes some of the best rock songs released in the 21st century, such as "In One Ear", "Ain't No rest for the Wicked", "Back Stabbin' Betty", "Back Against the Wall", "James Brown", and "Tiny Little Robots". Nothing overly special about this, just a group of friends playing good ol' fun rock n roll, and that's exactly what it is. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2011
    8
    Saw these guys at summerfest in Milwaukee. Have no doubt this band is great and puts on an unbelievable show with so much passion.Do not justSaw these guys at summerfest in Milwaukee. Have no doubt this band is great and puts on an unbelievable show with so much passion.Do not just judge the band on "Wicked" which is a good track but the entire cd will blow you away. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Oct 25, 2015
    7
    Cage the Elephant is an energetic rock band that is based out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The band was originally formed in 2006 by brothersCage the Elephant is an energetic rock band that is based out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The band was originally formed in 2006 by brothers Matt and Brad Schultz who sang vocals and played rhythm guitar. They were accompanied by their drummer Jared Champion and their current bass guitar player Daniel Tichenor. Nick Bockrath who currently plays lead guitar replaced original band member Lincoln Parish in 2013. The Band Signed with the record label Relentless Records in 2007 after playing in the South By Southwest music festival. In 2009 Cage the Elephant released their debut self titled album “Cage the Elephant”.

    Cage the Elephant has a unique style that separates them from the rest. There vocal stylings and chord progression reminisce that of The Rolling Stones and The Red hot chili Peppers. On the record they combine hip hop and punk with different flashes of blues and funk. There songs “Free Love” and “James Brown” are examples of the concept in use. In songs like “Back against the Wall” and “Aint no rest for the wicked” there is more of a melodic acoustic feel that gives different dimensions to the band and the album. Overall, this record is a great listen if you are into punk fused with blues and funk.
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  7. omgchrista
    Aug 26, 2009
    3
    Tolerable only if you're into G. Love-style rap-rock--and even if that's your favorite genre, you'll know it's been done Tolerable only if you're into G. Love-style rap-rock--and even if that's your favorite genre, you'll know it's been done before (better, in fact). If they don't start playing Cage the Elephant on the generic rock stations real soon, then I'll agree to eat my boot. They work on some level as an entertaining live group, but the record itself is flavorless and weak. The self-titled album falls flat somewhere in the middle when Matt Shultz's vocals and the lyricality start to grow old, making each song seem like a carbon copy of the track before. They open for Silversun Pickups on their upcoming tour. Expand

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