Cage the Elephant

Cage the Elephant

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The more things change in rock, the more they inevitably stay the same -- and in the case of Cage the Elephant, that's a good thing. Actually, it's a very good thing. 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…  See more details below

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The more things change in rock, the more they inevitably stay the same -- and in the case of Cage the Elephant, that's a good thing. Actually, it's a very good thing. 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. Drawing on influences from different eras, this Kentucky-based band has an appealing sound that combines a strong appreciation of the Rolling Stones with elements of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, hip-hop, and punk. This isn't full-fledged R&B, but it is certainly funky by rock standards -- and that funkiness serves Cage the Elephant well on bluesy, gritty, infectious offerings like "Free Love," "Back Stabbin' Betty," and the single "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked." When one analyzes the band's sound, it makes perfect sense that classic rock-loving alterna-rockers who are into the Stones would also be into the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, and the Beastie Boys; after all, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were absolutely obsessed with both Northern and Southern soul in their 1960s/1970s heyday. The Stones were more than happy to cover gems that had been previously recorded by the Temptations ("Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Just My Imagination"), Marvin Gaye ("Hitch Hike"), Rufus Thomas ("Walking the Dog"), and Irma Thomas ("Time Is on My Side"). Similarly, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have always been heavily into Parliament/Funkadelic and Sly Stone and covered the Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster" in 1996. So there are major parallels between Cage the Elephant's influences even though their influences come from different eras. But instead of trying to sound exactly like those influences, Cage the Elephant have developed their own sound -- a sound that is hardly groundbreaking by 2000s standards, but is nonetheless their own sound. And they show considerable promise on this excellent album.

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Release Date:
04/21/2009
Label:
Red Int / Red Ink
UPC:
0886974965824
catalogNumber:
749658
Rank:
8514

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Cage the Elephant 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bookworm325 More than 1 year ago
When I initially heard the songs of the band Cage the Elephant, what caught my attention was their fresh sound. Their music is new, very original, and fun to listen to. It is so much different from the usual mess of alternative rock bands, which inevitably all sound painfully analogous. For instance, their single, "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" is catchy with a wonderfully quirky beat, whereas "Lotus" and "In One Ear" have powerfully political lyrics. Cage the Elephant is a young, southern rock band with a lot to say about modern society (they are not afraid to "stand up to the man" so to speak). They are not that cliche band which whines about lost love and trivial emotions, but a highly inspired group with intelligent, powerful - though sometimes frustrated - messages. To me, they are reminiscent of the Kinks, but more unrefined and "spunky". (This is especially true in their song "Free Love.") I would reccommend Cage the Elephant to anyone who enjoys saavy new rock. Even with that expected teenage angst, they offer a welcome change to the mainstream, uninspired and hardly intelligent modern rock band with a thought-provoking new twist.
LucyThornton More than 1 year ago
I got this cd and than bought it for my cousin because he liked it so much, it has great songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought Cage the Elephant because I had heard one song and fell in love with the original beat. I wasn't disappointed. The entire cd from the first track to the last is original and worth playing. Each song has its own message with quite a few political and universal undertones, but they're done quite skillfully. Definitely try this cd out.
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