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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

Product Details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SuccessfulFailure on September 20, 2011
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"Thank You Happy Birthday" is another great and original album by Cage the Elephant. What makes this album so awesome is the diversity it offers throughout the tracks. While the first album offered consistency in sound, but also enough variety to keep it from getting boring, this album just oozes variety. It's a colorful assortment of great beats that you can't help but find yourself moving all along in an empty room, while still offering the same eargasmic sounds that are found in the first album. While the feel is more 90s compared to the 70s Zeppelin-esque feel of the first, this album only proves Cage's ability to expand their musical range. There is also a gentleness in a couple of songs on the album ("Rubber Ball", "Right Before My Eyes", "Flow") that further show the band's ability to delve deeper into lyrical thought while also showing maturity. I have nothing but praise for both albums, but "Thank You Happy Birthday" shows that Cage the Elephant can do more than just rock out, but they can provide heart-felt lyrics that truly hit home, under all of the musical eargasmicness that is Cage the Elephant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrSavoie2U on January 24, 2011
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I always wonder what a group like Cage the Elephant, who enjoyed moderate success on their debut cd, will do on their sophmore effort. Would they write songs made for the radio and try to become even more mainstream to sell cds or would they venture into a slightly new direction? Thankfully, Cage the Elephant did the latter, while still maintaining a certain level accessibility.

Their single "Shake Me Down", along with opener "Always Something" and "Right Before My Eyes" are rather catchy to the ear. While tracks like "Aberdeen", "2024", "Indy Kidz" and "Japanese Buffalo" bring some raw edginess into the mix. Cage The Elephant aren't necessarily the most talented band around, but they are an intriguing and rockin listen, with just enough of a soft side to keep your ears from bleeding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RGS on October 10, 2013
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If you want more "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" then just buy Beck's back catalog (which I love). This album, however, is an absolutely fearless album pulling from Ministry, Flaming Lips, Killing Joke, The Cure, Madness, The Damned, Bush, Flock Of Seagulls, XTC, Ben Kweller, Ok Go, Louis XIV, Butthole Surfers, The Replacements, Donovan, and Cold War Kids, but all with a CTE touch. Yet some of these songs could be at home (should be) on some of the deeper Coen Brothers soundtracks. Solid album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on June 28, 2012
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this is an awesome cd, it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this cd are.

Tracks

1. Always Something
4. Shake Me Down
5. 2024
8. Right Before My eyes
10. Sabertooth Tiger

if you have not listened to this cd then i recommend you do
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