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Cage The Elephant will release their eagerly awaited sophomore album, Thank You, Happy Birthday, on January 11, 2011. Produced by Jay Joyce and recorded at Tragedy/Tragedy Studios in Nashville, TN, the album is the bands follow up to their critically acclaimed 2009 self titled debut, which has sold nearly 400,000 copies to date, spawned 3 top 5 singles at Alternative radio and has kept the band on the road for nearly two years. Now, Cage The Elephant returns with a 13 song collection of a raucous and inspired rock that displays an expanded sound for the band, and a bold reminder of exactly why they are one of the most loved bands in rock music today.

The young five-piece from Bowling Green, KY, Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass), Lincoln Parish (guitar) and Jared Champion (drums), accumulated 80 songs worth of ideas during a 2-year period touring around the globe and living abroad in England supporting their eponymous debut. As they began sorting through their arsenal of songs upon returning to Kentucky to record album two, they were unwavering in their devotion to making a record that reflected their vast musical growth and interests as a band.

1. Always Something
2. Aberdeen
3. Indy Kidz
4. Shake Me Down
5. 2024
6. Sell Yourself
7. Rubber Ball
8. Right Before My Eyes
9. Around My Head
10. Sabertooth Tiger
11. Japanese
12. Flow

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  • Audio CD (January 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive - R.E.D.
  • ASIN: B0049JPUCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On Cage The Elephant’s third album, MELOPHOBIA, the rock band was faced with the challenge of finding cohesiveness in the ideas of five different people. After touring for nearly five years straight on their prior releases, 2008’s Cage The Elephant and 2011’s Thank You, Happy Birthday, the musicians took some time off the road, to write as individuals before getting back ... Read more in Amazon's Cage the Elephant Store

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This album is even more boring than their first.
Nic Halabicky
This is what music needs, and this is what's going to keep fans buying Cage the Elephant albums because they will only get better as time goes on.
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This is such a good CD I love all the songs on it, if you liked the first album you will definitely like this one!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By brian t raymer on February 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD
With an attitude that only the young and talented can pull off, this new disc is hard to understand, which is part of what makes it great. Furthermore, it took me several (seven or so) close listens to decide if I even liked it. I do.

My suggestion to Sony Music, now that they own CTE, is to allow these guys to spend all the time they can in the studio putting down what they have to say NOW! Should CTE get three more full-length discs out within the next couple of years, they will have cemented a place in rock history. This brilliant intensity can only last a few more years before age/money/drugs/ego will take its toll.
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Cage The Elephant's Thank You Happy Birthday is both surprising and impressive. This album makes it clear that they already knew what they wanted their music to sound like before their debut. When bands have a very strong first album, it's hard to follow it up with something that is fresh and still their own. Some bands can buck that trend, but few rarely do. Reading that they worked on 80 song ideas while on tour only makes me even more anxious for the third album.

Whatever they have in the water in KY, it seems to be working. This is the best sophomore album in recent memory.

On the one hand this album has some tracks that are much more polished than the first one. Songs like "Always Something," "Aberdeen" and "Right Before My Eyes" sound like they could have come right off of BRMC's Baby 81.

Yet it still has that raw energy that makes CTE so powerful. "Sell Yourself," "Japanese Buffalo" and "Sabertooth Tiger" have the same raw energy that made "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" such a great single.

Other songs stand alone as stripped down indie rock. I love the smoother "Flow" and "Rubber Ball."

The melodic "Shake Me down" and "Around My Head" have clear pop melodies mixed with a hard edge that reminds me of some of the best of 90s rock.

It's hard to listen to "2024" without hearing the influence of classic punk rockers like The Ramones. And the rocking rhythm of "Indy Kidz" is infectious.

CONCLUSION

It's difficult to overstate how diverse and impressive this album is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nin/ja77 on March 21, 2011
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Cage The elephant return with "difficult" album number 2 "Thank You Happy Birthday" , it's obvious though they didn't read the script as this second album is every bit as good as their self titled debut album in fact it's probably better! This album was released in the U.s back in January and now finally get's it's European release.

With this second album it would have been easy to copy what they did on their first self titled debut which was a lot more indie and radio friendly, instead they have turned everything up to give their sound a much harder edge and it's a natural progression in their sound. The have also added a lot of melody to their sound as witnessed on the track "Around My Head" as well as the brilliant "Aberdeen". Yes we know the band(in particular front man Matthew Shultz) are big fans of The Pixies and it seems to have rubbed off on them. "Sell Yourself" is full of energy and at just over 2 minutes long leaves you wanting more. "Right Before My Eyes" is like an alternative track that U.S college radio would play to death in the nineties! The last trac on the album "Flow" contains a different version of "Right Before My Eyes".

With this second album Cage The Elephant are not resting on their laurels and have delivered a great album one that should see their fan base grow.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
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After the long slow climb of their debut album, Cage The Elephant finally get to release their second. "Thank You Happy Birthday" has allegedly been in the can for some time, but with the long arc of the debut's success, these songs have been laying in wait for almost a year. The difference between the two albums is striking. Where the first album seemed to be chasing Kings of Leon's brand of southern steamed Stones, "Thank You Happy Birthday" finds Cage The Elephant racing away from the straight up, greasy rock of album one and lunging headfirst into "Nevermind" with a serious dusting of Pixies dust.

Their worldview reamins the same, with plenty of Us V Them raging. "Indy Kidz" and "Sell Yourself" are broadsides that seemed oddly aimed at the kind of kids who'd dig the band anyway. "2024" has a raging punk propulsion driving its screaming guitar, yet the final song "Flow" plays like a jam band's kiss goodnight. Vocalist Matt Schultz has surprising rock range in that he manages both the punk-funk angst of "Sell Yourself," the whispery croon of "Flow" and the gravely rock of "Aberdeen" and "Shake Down" (in my opinion, the disc's two best songs).

The rest of the band is keeping right up with him. "Thank You Happy Birthday" is a reckless sophomore album that lurches from style to style with total abandon and little regard for cohesion. Cage The Elephant are fortunate in that their newness gives them enough edge to keep this disparate batch of songs from collapsing in on itself. There are moments ("Indy Kidz" and "Around My Head") where the contrivance gets too obvious, but the pluses here far outweigh the minuses. "Thank You Happy Birthday" finds Cage The Elephant whupping the sophomore slump with a sturdy, rocking records.
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