Feature: Why Cage The Elephant Is So Important to Rock 'N' Roll
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:21:57
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Every seminal rock band has that tipping point album.
It's the moment where they ascend to the heights that their potential had forever alluded too. For Queens of the Stone Age, it was Songs for the Deaf. For Foo Fighters, it was The Colour and the Shape. For Soundgarden, it was Superunknown. For Alice in Chains, it was Dirt. For Nirvana, it was Nevermind. The list could go on forever. Nevertheless, the impact is undeniable the moment it's loosed upon the world.
Cage The Elephant's forthcoming third offering is shaping up to be that moment for the Kentucky quintet. Right now, they're in the midst of finishing the album up, and it's set to see the light of day in the fall. However, it's one of the most important rock 'n' roll records of the year.
Cage The Elephant set quite the precedent with their 2009 self-titled debut and its 2011 follow-up Thank You Happy Birthday. At times, they can be punk-y in the sense of tempering unpredictable rhythms with unshakable melodies. Other moments remain wrapped in rapturous weirdness that's as hypnotic as it is haunting. Make no mistake either. These boys can play. Check the wild soloing from "In One Ear", the opener of the group's first record. They also know how to deliver an elegantly ethereal refrain—"Shake Me Down" is shimmering proof. All the while, nothing ever repeats. Emotions turn a dime from soothing to shocking. Psychedelic power swirls throughout, but it's not a throwback—never. Cage The Elephant rule a world all their own. If you're ready for the ride, strap in and feel the power of rock music as it should sound in the 21st century.
So what's in store for record number three? Nothing's certain other than greatness, and that's the most wonderful thing about this band.
What's your favorite Cage The Elephant song?