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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.
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  • Audio CD (January 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B0049JPUCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Saw them in concert 9/10/14 at the KFC Yum Center. They were amazing!!! He went crowd surfing and then was able to stand up on the crowd! I've never seen such a light show mirroring the feeling on stage and the intensity of a band that you could still understand everything he is singing.
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This is a fantastic album. It's not quite as political as their first one, but it's still got some great songs. "It's Always Something" and "2024" as well as "Sabertooth Tiger" are all very "Cage the Elephanty" songs, with a good mix of 'new' feel to them. And "Shake Me Down" and "Aberdeen" are awesome songs. They're all fun, beat driven, and slightly trippy (with some far more so than others). I'd recommend getting this album if you like the first one, but don't expect it to be quite so full of politics mixed with vinegar. The lyrics though, are spot on, and are very much something you could expect from CtE. While still maintaining a slight defiance, they remain poetic, and sharp and that's a tough line to follow. From start to finish, Thank You Happy Birthday both screams Cage the Elephant and also shows a slightly different, more... contemplative side to the band. They actually remind me a little of the Beatles, in the way they shift, while still making awesome music.
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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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By Ryan on November 4, 2014
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This album completely outdoes their first album. It is very punk and pixies sounding, very energetic. The vinyl pressing is nice, but took several months to arrive for some reason. It was worth the wait though.
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This Lp is alright is you like screaming punks yelling in to the microphone with searing guitarist yielding their swords like as if they are their interpreters. Well-thought out game-plan with the song placement and what do you know? This is a highly recommended album for teens alike.
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There are some awesome songs just like every Cage the Elephant album before. This one was lacking with; Sabertooth Tiger, Indy Kidz, and Japanese Buffalo. Happily 2024, Flow, Shake Me Down, and Aberdeen make up for those bad songs.
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