Cage The Elephant - 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: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  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. 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. 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. Collapse
  6. Oct 13, 2013
    8
    One of the best latest bands of all time, truly amazing riffs and great vocals with hammering drums and breezy bass, The album is a true mixOne of the best latest bands of all time, truly amazing riffs and great vocals with hammering drums and breezy bass, The album is a true mix of blues,rock,grunge and indie just such an amazing album, downside probably the fact that the after a while the album get tedious and repetitive Expand
  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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