Cage the Elephant (album)

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Cage the Elephant
Cage the elephant album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 23, 2008 (UK)
March 24, 2009 (US)
LabelRelentless (UK)
RCA/Jive Label Group (US)
ProducerJay Joyce
Cage the Elephant chronology
Perfect Confusion
Cage the Elephant
Thank You, Happy Birthday
Singles from Cage the Elephant
  1. "In One Ear"
    Released: March 17, 2008
  2. "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked"
    Released: June 16, 2008
  3. "Back Against the Wall"
    Released: July 27, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The Fly3.5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]

Cage the Elephant is the first studio album by American rock band Cage the Elephant after changing their name. The album was produced by Jay Joyce and released on June 23, 2008, in Europe through Relentless Records, and on March 24, 2009, in the United States through RCA/Jive Label Group. The album was preceded by Perfect Confusion in 2005, before the band became Cage The Elephant.

Chart performance[edit]

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


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 number 32 in the UK Singles Chart, and a later 2009 US release would reach number 3 on the Alternative Songs chart, number 8 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Although it was their most successful and most popular single to date, it did not hit number 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 reached number 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs, number 26 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and number 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 are written by Cage the Elephant.

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
6."Back Against the Wall"3:48
7."Drones in the Valley"2:27
9."Back Stabbin' Betty"3:39
10."Soil to the Sun"3:17
11."Free Love"3:28
Total length:36:28


Cage the Elephant[edit]

  • Matt Shultz – lead vocals
  • Brad Shultz – rhythm guitar
  • Jared Champion – drums
  • Daniel Tichenor – bass, backing vocals
  • Lincoln Parish – lead guitar

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Jay Joyce – producer
  • Jason Hall – engineer
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Europe[8] June 23, 2008 Relentless Records CD CDRELX17, 50999 206399 2 1
United States March 24, 2009 RCA/Jive Label Group CD


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  2. ^ "Cage the Elephant - Cage the Elephant - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ Goldring, Susie. "Review: Cage The Elephant, Cage The Elephant Review". BBC. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  4. ^ Doherty, Niall. "Review: Cage The Elephant". Mama Group. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Cage the Elephant (Relentless)". NME. 21 June 2008. p. 44.
  6. ^ Hoard, Christian. "Review: Cage The Elephant, Cage The Elephant". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Cage the Elephant – Cage the Elephant". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 19 August 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  8. ^ "Cage The Elephant - Cage The Elephant". discogs. Retrieved 16 June 2009.