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Cage The Elephant- Social Cues
Released April 19th, 2019
Indie Rock, Neo Psychedelia, Post Punk
One of the coolest bands in Indie Rock is back! Ever since Melophobia back in 2013 we all knew they were capable of great stuff I mean that record is fantastic in my opinion. Cage The Elephant have been a very consistent and strong rock band this decade even if their sound is pretty straightforward. Because their songwriting was just so solid and their combination of punchy indie rock and psychedelia was a great one. Now we get Social Cues I enjoyed the singles to this thing, the one with Beck, House of Glass, and Ready to Let Go. I was pretty excited to hear this because I was hoping for more sharp songwriting and adventurous sounds and grooves. We definitely get that with a good portion of Social Cues, but there are a lot more songs that fall into the background for me personally. While I like the psych rock styling of songs like What I'm Becoming, the tune at the core feels really basic and uninteresting. Same goes with the title track honestly, and especially Love's The Only Way. These songs, while they aren't terrible, just slip under the rug in terms of songwriting and pack zero punch for me personally. I think Cage The Elephant shine on songs like Broken Boy and Dance Dance where they deliver these fast invigorating rock grooves that make me wanna run around like an idiot. They come through with great chemistry and energy on these songs, and they sound like they're writing music for themselves. I'm also impressed with the song Tokyo Smoke which might be my favorite. I just love the odd cartoonish vocals and the dark psych rock groove with multiple phases. Sharp chorus, punchy production, and a solid adventurous rock song. Overall, I am feeling mostly positive on this thing because I like a lot of the psych rock elements going on here, but I'm also left wanting a lot more regarding songwriting and adventure because I know they are capable of a lot more.
Favorite Tracks: Tokyo Smoke, Dance Dance, Broken Boy, Ready To Let Go, Black Madonna, The War is Over
Least Favorite Tracks: What I'm Becoming