Thank goodness Cage the Elephant decided to stream their third album Melophobia on Rolling Stone Magazine‘s website because, honestly, the wait was getting to be a little unbearable. The first single off the album, “Come a Little Closer”, is such an epic thought-provoking comeback song that longtime fans wanted more. It feels like it’s been ten years since their last album was released (it’s been only two), but Melophobia marks the dawn of a new chapter in Cage the Elephant’s musical career and I’ve gotta tell you I’m diggin’ it.
The album’s opener,”Spiderhead”, draws listeners in with funky guitars and merry-go-round instrumentation at the end that sounds like it could be a part of a rock-infused circus. “Telescope” has a soothing, head-in-the-clouds lullaby feel to it (which is funny because there are references to looking to the stars to understand the meaning of life), while “It’s Just Forever (feat. Alison Mosshart)” has a modern spy feel to it that makes you imagine high speed car chases or lurking around dark corners pretending you’re James Bond, especially when Mosshart comes in with her high-pitched-yet-bluesy voice.”Black Widow” is the angsty I’m-pissed-off-at-a-girl track that almost all bands incorporate in their albums.
Considering it’s the longest track on the record at a whopping almost five and a half minutes, “Teeth” is definitely one of the best songs on the album because it’s great blend of old-school Cage the Elephant and the added new-age feel that they weave throughout this album. It also has the potential to be used in some form of sports commercial (maybe NASCAR?) because of the fast-paced guitaring and drumming paired with the high-pitched rasp of lead singer Matthew Shultz’s voice. Plus, the transition into a trance-like three-minute monologue with bluesy instrumentation in the background just makes you want to think a little more about life itself.
Melophobia ends with a track that would have fit in perfectly with their self-titled album or Thank You, Happy Birthday, called “Cigarette Daydreams”. There is a funky and psychedelic ambiance being portrayed throughout all of the songs with hints of Big Band. They’re joining the musical ranks of Grouplove with their energetic sound, gritty vocals and lyrics that make you really want to take the time to think about all that you’ve done in your life. There are definitely more radio-friendly tunes in this bunch, but it also doubles as a perfect road trip soundtrack that will get you pumped to be listening to it. Melophobia is a great staple for any Cage the Elephant fan to have in their collection.