Monday, August 12, 2013

Cage The Elephant- Cage The Elephant

Hello, again! As I said last time, yes, this blog has been moved to a new account, and YES, it is still me! I just moved it onto my main account to make it easier for me to get it written. And I can cross-promote my blogs easier as well. Along those lines, I have a blog called From Kristen's Brain. It's my main blog, and I post reviews of TV shows (Project Runway and Whodunnit? currently) as well as random reviews of other things. Enough shameless self-promotion. Let's carry on to the CD!

Release Date: March 24, 2009
Genre: Alt. Rock, punk blues, indie rock
Track Listing
  1. In One Ear
  2. James Brown
  3. Ain't No Rest For The Wicked
  4. Tiny Little Robots
  5. Lotus
  6. Back Against The Wall
  7. Drones In The Valley
  8. Judas
  9. Back Stabbin' Betty
  10. Soil To The Sun
  11. Free Love
Cage The Elephant is:
Matt Shultz- lead vocals
Lincoln Parish- lead guitar
Brad Shultz- rhythm guitar
Daniel Tichenor- bass guitar
Jared Champion- drums, percussion

About Cage The Elephant: Quite a few of the members were in a band called Perfect Confusion before Cage The Elephant was formed. I actually have that band's only CD, and their music is very similar to Cage The Elephant's sound, which is probably why many fans believe that it's the exact same band with a different name. Cage The Elephant became very commercially popular back in 2009 with their single "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked." Their subsequent singles, "In One Ear," "Back Against The Wall," "Shake Me Down," "Around My Head," and "Aberdeen gained success among alternative music fans, but not among the general public. The band, and Matt Shultz particularly, is known for crazy weird concerts with odd antics. So far, they have released 2 albums: Cage The Elephant, and Thank You, Happy Birthday. Currently, they are preparing for the fall release of their 3rd album, Melophobia.

My Opinion about Cage The Elephant: When I first listened to Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, I didn't like it at all. I thought it was kinda weird and annoying. The more I heard it, the more I actually liked it. I really love them, and they're one of my favorite bands, BUT, I don't really listen to them that much. They have such a unique sound that I have to be in a certain mood to listen to them. But I really love their unique sound.

About the CD:  Although they're from Kentucky, the CD was actually released in the UK before it was released in the US (I think it was released mid 2008 in the UK). When it was released in the UK, I believe In One Ear was actually the first single, and they recorded a music video for it. They later made another one when it was released as a single in the US. It didn't reach popularity in the US until summer of 2009, when Ain't No Rest For The Wicked became popular.

IMHO: It's my favorite of Cage The Elephant's 2 CDs. For me, there are 2 types of songs on this album: The ones that I really love, and the ones that are good, but I just don't listen to much. And I would say that there are 8 of the former, and 3 of the latter.

Favorite songs: In One Ear is my favorite. I just love it. My other favorites would probably be Free Love, Ain't No Rest For The Wicked, and Back Stabbin' Betty.

Other gems: James Brown, Tiny Robots, Back Against The Wall, and Lotus. 

Ain't No Rest For The Wicked music video

Newer In One Ear music video

Rating: 8.5/10. This CD is really great. None of the songs are bad, but there are definitely some that I just don't listen to, which is why this one didn't get a bit higher.

Hope you liked my newest "The CDs on my Shelf" post! Want to know more information about the CD? Less? or just different info? Or is what I put good? What did you think of Cage The Elephant? Let me know all of this in the comments. If you like my posts, I'd really appreciate if you'd subscribe, because it lets me know y'all are liking them! Still taking comments on the time they're posted, because if you haven't noticed, I schedule them to post at the same time, as I'm either asleep or at work at noon! Hope you enjoyed! Comment, comment, comment! I love feedback! Thanks for reading!

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