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Melophobia

Cage the Elephant

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Album Review

Among new millennial '90s alt-rock revivalists, Cage the Elephant are distinguished by their elegantly sculpted melodicism and their eagerness to smooth their scuzz-rock -– equal parts Pixies and classic Nuggets -– to make their rock palatable to the masses. The two characteristics go hand and hand — good melodies always beg for proper presentation — and CTE's predilection for polish isn't without precedent: Pixies producer Gil Norton was many things but raw was not one of them. To their considerable credit, Cage the Elephant don't sound stuck in any one of their possible pasts on 2013's Melophobia, their third album and their most assured LP to date. Influences and heroes can be heard — the Pixies, sure, but also the Strokes on the tightly wound "Take It or Leave It," the Kills (whose Alison Mosshart guests on "It's Just Forever") — but Cage the Elephant aren't recycling, they're synthesizing, mashing big, and swinging jagged guitars with candied melodies, furious rhythms, a slight hint of soul, and an echo of new wave. Melophobia is a thoroughly modern rock record, where all the past is alive in the present, so if you've ever had affection for any alt-rock sound from the '80s through the 2000s, it's hard not to find something to enjoy here.

Customer Reviews

The strokes?

Does anyone else think of the strokes when they hear this?

Been a fan since day one

Cage The Elephant is one of my favorite bands and this album is gonna be amazing. I'm highly looking forward to it. I loved the new single and I love the direction that they are deciding to go with this new album. Can't wait until the release!

They've finally done it.

I've always wanted to love this band for an entirety of an album. CTE and TY,HB were good but far from extraordinary. However, both albums had at least four amazing songs which made up for the album. Now with "Melophobia" they might not be getting those top charting songs and have the drive of songs like "Shake Me Down" or "Ain't No Rest" but rest assured the entirety of this record is quality and it's easily their best album for being an album and not a few songs. Now you may disagree with me on this but I have thought this out listening through each album and all of their albums are good but they just seemed weak with a couple of amazing racks where Melophobia is an amazing album missing the amazing tracks. It all makes up for itself since all their albums go hand-in-hand together very well so there's no loss by what it sounds like I'm saying. This is a superb record and I hope to listen to it more throughtout the coming months. 4.5/5

Biography

Formed: 2006 in Bowling Green, KY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although chart success in England was an unlikely first step to fame for a band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, mainstream rock band Cage the Elephant achieved just that. Formed by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Lincoln Parish, and Daniel Tichenor, the group earned a contract with the Relentless label and released the "Free Love" single late in 2007. A support slot for the Pigeon Detectives beckoned in early 2008, and follow-up single "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" reached the Top 40 in...
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