Cage the Elephant Are Still Doing Cool Shit

I kinda dropped the ball on this one. Cage the Elephant’s new album, Melophobia, has been out for a good bit now, yet I just finally got around listening to it the other day. Yeah, I know, I’m a fuck up……but what do you expect? Here’s my thoughts on it anyways.

On first listen, I was surprised by how odd of an album it was. I shouldn’t be because I remember how big of a transition it was from the band’s debut to their sophomore LP, Thank You, Happy Birthday. The first was the perfect soundtrack to alcohol-fueled youngin’ rebellion while the second had certain elements of that energy but was laced over with an opiate-tinted comedown. Call it growing up or evolving or whatever throwaway term people are using for it, but it was definitely different. However, as unpredictable as the second album seemed, the third is even more unpredictable in that regard. Yes, there are still the warm and fuzzy hints on songs like “Telescope”, and “Cigarette Daydreams” and even the borderline glam rock “Spiderhead”, but the album contorts between this and an almost British vibe with riffs that are like a kick in the teeth (which is exemplified in songs like (no pun intended) “Teeth” and “It’s Just Forever”). That’s not to say that the album’s not focused or any of that nonsense; it just refuses to be boring, and that’s a good thing. Plus, they’re one of few modern bands that has managed to use horns without sounding like a weak ass ska band. Kudos.

Long story short, believe the hype; this shit’s good. The band has a few more tricks hidden up their sleeves and I can’t wait to see how this plays out live.

The album was available for streaming a bit ago, but I’m not sure what happened to it. Regardless, I’ll post my two favorite songs along with their badass performance on Letterman. Pick up the whole thing if you get a chance.

Come A Little Closer (live on Letterman) – Cage the Elephant

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  1. […] that some trippy shit? See for yourself below. Their new album, Melophobia, is out now and is pretty damn good too. Check out another track from it called “Teeth.” Been getting a lot of replay value […]



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