Cage the Elephant Albums Ranked

Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky that formed in 2006. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Matt Shultz, rhythm guitarist Brad Shultz, lead guitarist Nick Bockrath, guitarist and keyboardist Matthan Minster, bassist Daniel Tichenor, and drummer Jared Champion. The band’s first album, Cage the Elephant, was released in 2008 to much success, spawning several successful radio singles and gained the band a large following in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

The band’s second album, Thank You, Happy Birthday, was heavily influenced by punk rock as well as bands such as Pixies and Nirvana. The band’s third album, Melophobia, was the band’s concerted effort to find its own distinct musical identity.  Cage the Elephant’s fourth album, Tell Me I’m Pretty,was released on December 18, 2015. Their fifth studio album, Social Cues, was released on April 19, 2019. Here are all the Cage the Elephant albums ranked from worst to best.

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5. Social Cues (2019)

“My copy of Social Cues arrived today, and I couldn’t wait to give it a spin. Cage the Elephant delves deeper into their repertoire and deliver on a much anticipated follow-up to their Grammy-winning, album of the year – Tell Me I’m Pretty. Social Cues has more resonance and harmony than previous efforts. They are a band that just keeps getting stronger. You definitely need to give this album a listen!”

4. Melophobia (2013)

“Wow I love the sound of this album so much. I truly enjoy listening to every single song. This was one of the first albums I ever owned and listened to all the way through multiple times, so I had to get nostalgic and buy it on vinyl. Let me tell you, it is still as awesome as I remember it being. They are one of the best alternative rock bands out there and have a little bit of everything on this.”

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3. Tell Me I’m Pretty (2015)

“This is one of the best albums of 2016. Teaming up with Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys to produce the album was a perfect decision. He took the best part of Cage’s sound, honed it, and let the band shine through. Every song is unique. There are no fillers here. The album is elastic, and deserves to be heard from beginning to end. This is a masterpiece. I consider great rock albums to be very important. Fewer and fewer bands are approaching record making the way they used to. Cage the Elephant recorded this whole album by recording songs in one or two takes. This approach to record making is more exciting and visceral to the listener. This is music that has edge. They captured lighting in a bottle. This is great album in a time where there is a shortage of great albums. If you want to support musicians and artists who are dedicated to making great records while preserving the old-school way of doing things, buy this record.”

2. Thank You, Happy Birthday (2011)

“2nd album from Kentucky band of energetic, noisy, angular & edgy indie guitar rock, where chaotic
post-punk leanings mix with aggressive blasts of screamo terror melody; and tongue-in-cheek,
ultra-hip lyrics fly from the lips with a bile-coated slacker sneer. The bright, over-the-top produc-
tion lends an air of homogenized, faux-hipster rebellion to the erratic rhythmic clatter, tainting the
album with a sense of manufactured, major label “cool”. Still, there are moments of pop clarity
“Right Before My Eyes”), hypnotic allure (“Flow”) and jagged rock (“Aberdeen”–although it’s a
total Pixies rip-off) that shine through the sheen of pretension. Reminiscent of the Pixies, Yuck,
Pavement, the Fratellis, Poison Control Center, Mr. Dream.”

1. Cage the Elephant (2008)

“I think this was the first and last great album from Cage the Elephant. It’s like it got an accidental southern rock feel by putting a grunge style on blues work. I really enjoy several of these, and I half sobbed on instinct the first time I heard “Cover Me Again”. I hadn’t really been paying attention to the album playing in my headset while I was getting ready for work, and the vibe of it just really broke through to me on the final words. I hate what the band has done to itself since then, and would love to see them return to their truly brilliant roots.”