Music Review: Cage The Elephant

When I first heard the song “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant on EQX last summer when their self-titled debut album came out, I liked the song, but for whatever reason I was convinced that the rest of the album sucked, and didn’t give it a second thought.

It wasn’t until I heard “In One Ear” on a radio station in Buffalo that I took advantage of my Borders discount and bought the album…it’s awesome. Simply put.

Cage the Elephant formed in 2005 in Bowling Green, Kentucky where they were originally known as “Perfect Confusion.” The band signed with EMI Records after showcasing at the 2007 South by Southwest music festival. They released their self-titled debut album, Cage the Elephant, on 23 June 2008.

The 11-track album is probably one of the best I’ve heard in a long time. The only way to really describe their sound is a fusion of southern rock, blues, and alt-rock. It’s like if The Arctic Monkeys and The White Stripes had a baby and that baby fucked The Kings of Leon…the product of the sexual relations between the Kings and Stripes-Monkeys baby would be Cage the Elephant.

It’s just a really fun album. It was great to listen to on my drive back from Buffalo yesterday. My personal favorite songs on the album are “Free Love” and “Back Stabbin’ Betty.”

You should check them out. It’s worth it.

I hope they go on tour, I’d be interested to see how they are live. They’re playing a bunch of festivals this summer including Bonnaroo last weekend, and Lollapalooza and All Points West in August. None of which I can attend. I guess I’ll have to settle for their performance on Letterman on July 30.


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