Review: Melophobia – Cage the Elephant

October 17th, 2013 by Billy Dries

MelophobiaCage The Elephant


Letter Grade: B


Melding together the upbeat songwriting that made their first two albums so successful, with a distinctly more lo-fi sound, the third release from Bowling Green Alt-rockers, Cage the Elephant, continues to drive more traditional Rock N Roll into the mainstream.  Melophobia, the follow up to 2011’s wildly successful Thank You, Happy Birthday, starts off with two fast paced jams before slowing down in the third track, Telescope, a slow moving, somewhat sad, surf guitar fueled little ditty that is stuck somewhere in between The Beach Boys and Mac Demarco. The fourth track off of the album starts the fast paced rock and funk movement that is the trend on the flip side of this album. It’s Just Forever features vocals from The Dead Weather and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, and a grungy guitar riff. Track 8, Hypocrite, might be the highlight of the album, it consists of a slow intro that builds into a full bodied song that really sounds like the Cage The Elephant that Thank You, Happy Birthday made us love. So the big question is what grade do I give the album? I think a nice fair B is in order. The album really rocks, and continues to pursue the same distinct brand of rock that the first two albums explored, but with other current bands like Portugal. The Man pushing the same boundaries and releasing such similar music, I think it could have used a little more variation.

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