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  • Summary: The first full-length release in five years from Kentucky rock band Cage The Elephant was produced by John Hill and recorded in Texas.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 21, 2024
    80
    Brilliantly bright-side. [Summer 2024, p.75]
  2. May 17, 2024
    80
    Sometimes, Cage the Elephant’s lyrics can veer into a teen angst that jars against their middle-aged image: “I don’t want to play those games, will we ever be the same?”. But when they sound this good, they can just about get away with it.
  3. May 22, 2024
    80
    “Watching his image ripple past/Just a drop, life moves fast,” Shultz sings over a somber acoustic guitar processional. It’s that sense of pain and perseverance that pushes this music beyond smart modern rock and roll into something deeper.
  4. May 16, 2024
    70
    If perhaps lacking something as standout as ‘Mess Around’ or ‘Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked’, it is a welcome return for the Kentucky rockers showing after nearly 20 years together they still know how to groove.
  5. May 16, 2024
    70
    In terms of tone, production, and energy, Neon Pill feels connected to Social Cues. And like that album, there is plenty to enjoy, even without the powerful guitars and frenzied vocals. This softer Cage still has the grooves and melodies to keep things interesting while the band gets more comfortable.
  6. May 16, 2024
    70
    The album may have been written during a dark night of the soul but it was recorded with precision and concentration, ultimately obscuring the pain at the point of origin. It's an approach that hardly does a disservice to either Shultz or Cage the Elephant: it gives Neon Pill an alluring, subdued pulse that soothes instead of stirs.
  7. Mojo
    May 16, 2024
    60
    An intriguing return. [Jul 2024, p.86]

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