Cage The Elephant, Melophobia

Dan Hyman

By Dan Hyman

on 10.08.13 in Reviews


Cage The Elephant
A full-on genre blitzkrieg

On their eponymous 2009 debut, the classic-rock-bred Kentucky quintet Cage the Elephant merged funk, punk, blues and alt-rock, snagging a mainstream rock-radio hit (“Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”) in the process. Their follow-up, 2011′s Thank You, Happy Birthday, was equally diverse — see the fuzzy “Indy Kidz.” But the band’s latest, Melophobia, is a full-on genre blitzkrieg: There’s swampy Danger Mouse-ian electro sonics (“Come A Little Closer”), Beatlesque psychedelia “Take It Or leave It”), and enough New Orleans voodoo (“Black Widow”) to make the Night Ripper himself tip his dusty cane in approval. Ambition occasionally gets the best of them, as on the overwrought garage rocker “Teeth”). But it’s the risk-taking that continues to fuel this go-for-broke band.