Cage The Elephant: Melophobia Review Over their six-year career as a band, Kentucky based Cage The Elephant has never fit into one genre of music. They have been labeled with titles such as “garage rock,” “punk blues” and “indie rock” but none have been very fitting for the group. Their style has been evolving with each release, from the energetic funk of their first release to the melodic tunes off “Thank You, Happy Birthday,” they continue to improve on their latest release, “Melophobia.” The first single from the album “Come a Little Closer” strikes a slight resemblance to “Shake Me Down,” a single off “Thank You Happy Birthday” from 2011. They both reveal a more emotional side to vocalist Matthew Shultz, with more whining vocals in substitute of the usual eclectic growls. Other tracks on “Melophobia” have this same vibe to them, like “Telescope” and “Cigarette Daydreams,” and the track “Halo” sounds like a calling to the Arctic Monkeys’ “Fluorescent Adolescent.” Going a little over 40 minutes with the longest track at five and a half minutes long, this album is a shorter listen. And with Melophobia meaning the aversion to music, there is nothing to be afraid of with this release being their best work so far.
October 29, 2013