Review: Melophobia – Cage the Elephant

October 17th, 2013 by WLOY Staff

MelophobiaCage The Elephant


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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 [itunes link=”″ title=”Thank You, Happy Birthday” text=”Thank You, Happy Birthday”], starts off with two fast paced jams before slowing down in the third track, [itunes link=”″ title=”Telescope” text=”Telescope”], a slow moving, somewhat sad, surf guitar fueled little ditty that is stuck somewhere in between [itunes link=”″ title=”The Beach Boys” text=”The Beach Boys”] and [itunes link=”″ title=”Mac Demarco” text=”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. [itunes link=”″ title=”It’s Just Forever” text=”It’s Just Forever”] features vocals from [itunes link=”″ title=”The Dead Weather” text=”The Dead Weather”] and [itunes link=”″ title=”The Kills” text=”The Kills”]’ Alison Mosshart, and a grungy guitar riff. Track 8, [itunes link=”″ title=”Hypocrite” text=”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 [itunes link=”″ title=”Portugal. The Man” text=”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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