Cage the Elephant (album)

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Cage the Elephant
Studio album by Cage the Elephant
Released 23 June 2008 (UK)
24 March 2009 (U.S.)
Genre Alternative rock, punk blues, garage rock, indie rock
Length 36:27
Label Relentless (UK)
RCA/Jive Label Group (U.S.)
Producer Jay Joyce
Cage the Elephant chronology
Cage the Elephant
(2008)
Thank You, Happy Birthday
(2011)
Singles from Cage the Elephant
  1. "Free Love"
    Released: 5 November 2007
  2. "In One Ear"
    Released: 17 March 2008
  3. "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked"
    Released: 16 June 2008
  4. "Back Against the Wall"
    Released: 27 July 2009
  5. "In One Ear (re-release)"
    Released: 7 August 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC (favorable)[2]
The Fly 3.5/5 stars[3]
NME (7/10)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Cage the Elephant is the debut album by the American rock band Cage the Elephant. The album was produced by Jay Joyce and released on 23 June 2008 in Europe via Relentless Records, and on 24 March 2009 in the United States via RCA/Jive Label Group. The album has been certified gold by the RIAA on 5 June 2012 which means it has sold over 500,000 units in the US alone.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Cage the Elephant debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number 38 in its week of release, and debuted at #171 on the Billboard 200, later rising to #67. Upon release of the band's second album, Thank You, Happy Birthday, Cage the Elephant reappeared on the Billboard 200, this time reaching #59.

Singles[edit]

The first and second singles from the album, "Free Love" and "In One Ear", did not make significant impact in any charts. However, the third single "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked", (from its original 2008 release) reached #32 in the UK Singles Chart, and a later 2009 U.S. release would reach #3 on the Alternative Songs chart, #8 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #83 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Although it was their most successful and most popular single to date, it did not hit #1 on the Alternative Songs chart like "In One Ear" and "Back Against the Wall", but it actually had more airplay on alternative rock radio stations than the other two and it was also the most played Cage the Elephant song on the radio. It would also be featured in numerous television spots, becoming their most popular single so far. "Back Against the Wall" became the fourth single from the album, and has so far reached #1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs, #26 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #12 on their Rock Songs chart. The song "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" was featured in the opening cutscene to the video game Borderlands.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks on the album "Cage the Elephant"

No. Title Length
1. "In One Ear"   4:01
2. "James Brown"   3:20
3. "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked"   2:55
4. "Tiny Little Robots"   4:10
5. "Lotus"   3:16
6. "Back Against the Wall"   3:48
7. "Drones in the Valley"   2:27
8. "Judas"   3:26
9. "Back Stabbin' Betty"   3:39
10. "Soil to the Sun"   3:17
11. "Free Love"   3:28
Total length:
36:27

Personnel[edit]

Cage the Elephant[edit]

  • Matt Shultz – Vocals
  • Brad Shultz – Guitar
  • Jared Champion – Drums
  • Daniel Tichenor – Bass, Vocals
  • Lincoln Parish – Guitar

Technical personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Europe[7] 23 June 2008 Relentless Records CD CDRELX17, 50999 206399 2 1
United States 24 March 2009 RCA/Jive Label Group CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Goldring, Susie. "Review: Cage The Elephant, Cage The Elephant Review". BBC. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Doherty, Niall. "Review: Cage The Elephant, ‘Cage The Elephant’". Mama Group. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Cage the Elephant (Relentless)". NME. 21 June 2008. p. 44. 
  5. ^ Hoard, Christian. "Review: Cage The Elephant, Cage The Elephant". Jann Wenner. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Lineup". theaudioperv.com. 
  7. ^ "Cage The Elephant - Cage The Elephant". discogs. Retrieved 16 June 2009.