Dedicated fans are well aware of the lead singer’s crazy vocals and ecstatic performances. Matt Shultz, along with his brother, Brad Shultz, and fellow band mates, Jared Champion, Daniel Tichenor and Lincoln Parish form Cage the Elephant, a Kentucky rock band with a real punch. These fellows just released their hugely anticipated third album, Melophobia, on October 8th. The album, a mix of The Pixies, The Strokes, Kasabian and a hint of The Arctic Monkeys, reminds us of the good old days, a time of classic rock. While many fans were surprised not to hear crazy drums and guitar like in Japanese Buffalo or Sabertooth Tiger from their second album, the album is a bit more relaxed. However, fans of Aberdeen, Back Against the Wall and Shake Me Down will love Melophobia. The first and fourth songs, Spiderhead and It’s Just Forever, have more of an old time rock feel. Meanwhile, Come A Little Closer, Telescope, Hypocrite and their ending track, Cigarette Daydreams, are mellower like Flow. Take It Or Leave It is a cross between the Beatles and The Beach Boys, while Halo is similar to their 2011 hit song, Around My Head. Finally, Black Widow and Teeth will satisfy those more hard core rockers. This album is something different and will impress most rock fans. Melophobia deserves a 10/10 for amazing lyrics and a refreshing sound. It’s also one of my favorite albums from 2013. And as a bonus, there’s a video of Letterman freaking out about Come A Little Closer!
This is a full stream of their new album:
And this is Letterman: