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Cage THE ELEPHANT is a Bowling Green, Kentucky-based five piece band consisting of Matt Shultz (vocals), his brother Brad (guitar) and their friends Daniel Titchenor (bass), Lincoln Parish (guitar) and Jared Champion (drums). Matt, Brad and Daniel grew up on an alternative religious commune started by their ex-hippie parents. Pop music was strictly forbidden so their discovery of key punk and rock influences was covert and somewhat recent. The essence of Jimi Hendrix, Green Day, White Stripes and Kings of Leon, among others, fuels Cage's libertine, over-the-top rock explosions. Appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and a tour with Queens of the Stone Age provided the band with critical early live exposure. They then relocated to the UK for a period of time, where their debut self-titled album was released in mid-2008. It has sold over 40, 000 copies to date in the UK, driven by a Top 40 charting single and extensive touring there, including memorable performances at sold-out Reading and Leeds festivals. Cage the Elephant now returns to the land of their origin, exultant, intemperate, and ready to conquer.
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  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jive - R.E.D.
  • ASIN: B001Y7SIFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Williams on January 31, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Well the first time I had ever heard of the band was with vocalist Matt Schultz appearance on British comedy show "Never Mind The Buzzcocks." He formed an unlikely alliance with Stephen Fry and Josie Long. The bands music wasn't played or even that heavily mentioned in the show, but thanks to Matts antic I became intrigued at what this band had to offer. Were they just another indy band with nothing new to give, or were they something fresh and original amongst a bland "pop-rock indy" music scene.

They are definitely the latter in that respect and have brought to a world audience possibly the best album of 2008. From "In One Ear" to "Free Love" Cage the Elephant present a delightful, cool, loud and crazy album that will have all the bland indy music lovers wake up and realise originality and talent when they hear it.

The vocals of Matt Schultz is definitely the most enticing part of the band as although it's not something I haven't heard before, he has a sort of reminiscent rebellious tone to his voice that I'm not sure why but remind me of the great punk bands the Ramones, The Clash and even the Sex Pistols. Cage The Elephant are nowhere near as controversial as these legendary bands, but they're certainly just as loud and abrupt and really make you want to get on your feet and go nuts when listening to their music.

The guitar and bass by Brad Shultz, Daniel Titchenor and Lincoln Parish definitely add to that old school feel and sometimes mimic the equally awesome guitar talents of Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.

My Top 5 are

1. Aint No Rest For The Wicked
2. In One Ear
3. Back Stabbin' Betty
4. James Brown
5. Free Love
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anthem006 on April 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first saw CTE's video for "Ain't No Rest..." and the tune was catchy enough that I did some research on-line and saw that they were performing at Cafe Du Nord in SF a few days later. I caught the show and I must say that it is one of the BEST performances I've ever seen. I met Brad, his wife and Matt afterwards and they are some of the nicest and down to earth people I've ever met. I hope that doesn't change when they become huge stars, which I KNOW they will. Matt's energy on stage is electrifying and Lincoln is a surprisingly talented guitarist. He's only 19 yrs. old???!!! I bought the album and it pales in comparison to seeing them live, but it is a stil an awesome example of the band's talent. I know they are going to hi it BIG!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Hernandez on November 9, 2009
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I'd been hearing the single "No Rest For The Wicked" all summer and every time it came on I'd turn it up and rock out a bit. Eventually I broke down and got the album. The first few tracks were quite good, but like other people said kind of White Stripesey. Not that that's a bad thing, there's isn't a band out there that doesn't sound like somebody who came before them. Unfortunately (for me at least) is that a few of the tracks veer a little too close to Arctic Monkeys, Kaizer Chiefs territory and these bands already sound enough like each other that we don't need an American band imitating bland Brit Pop.
So it's not a perfect album, but when was the last time you heard one of those? It's got enough fun upbeat rock songs to be worth it. Some people have panned this band because they lack originality, but chances are they're such hipsters that no music is good enough for them anyway. Listen to it because it's fun, not because you're looking for music that will define your existence.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jerald Barker on December 24, 2009
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We are very happy with this release...the music is just our style and almost every cut is very well done and a real pleasure to the ears. I've owned it for about a month now and have actually had to put it away for a bit because I've listened to it so much - I was about to burn out on it! But I'll drag it back out in a week or two and it will likely get a lot of time in my CD player in 2010.

There are several primo cuts on here that are really stand out...roughly in order of my favorites: In One Ear, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, Back Against the Wall, and Free Love. Who doesn't like free love? :-)

When I first heard it, it sounded much like Jet to me and still does in places. But I can also hear other influences briefly here and there including Nirvana, Beck, and maybe a splash of Smash Mouth. But they definitely have their own sound...give it a whirl...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Miles E. Hider on December 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Well this must be my album of 2008, I have heard pleny of stuff this year but none that made me sit up and turn my stereo up like this band!. I'm usually pretty picky and sceptical of my mates music choice, but when he told me to listen to Cage I thought what could I lose!?, well the first thing I did was turn my stereo up!. I have seen them live twice here in the UK and enjoyed them both times, they are no 'rock' band, more punk/indie rock, but they were a finger in the socket kind of band for me and I'm glad I listened to my mate for once!. They only lasted 45 minutes on stage, which was a little disappointing, wish they'd lasted longer!, but they are a good and energetic band live, they played some new songs when I saw them at the Thekla in Bristol, which sounded pretty damned good, bring on the next cd!. This is a finger in the eye to all the boring bands out there in radio land, for once here's a band whose lyrics and music match up!, great stuff!
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