Unpeeled (Cage the Elephant album)

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Live album by
ReleasedJuly 28, 2017
ProducerBen Baptie, Cage the Elephant
Cage the Elephant chronology
Tell Me I'm Pretty
Social Cues
Singles from Unpeeled
  1. "Whole Wide World"
    Released: June 21, 2017
  2. "Sweetie Little Jean"
    Released: July 7, 2017
  3. "Rubber Ball"
    Released: July 21, 2017
  4. "Cry Baby"
    Released: August 25, 2017
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
The Skinny3/5 stars[4]
Under The Radar8/10[5]

Unpeeled is the second live album by American rock band Cage the Elephant. The album was released on July 28, 2017, and features the single "Whole Wide World".[6] The album was recorded on tour and features acoustic versions of the group's best-known songs, with the six principal musicians backed by strings and a choir on many of the songs. Three of the tracks are cover versions, including the lead single.


"Whole Wide World", the cover of a song by Wreckless Eric, was the first single of the album and was released on June 21, 2017. A music video for the song was released the following day on June 22, and features the band playing live.[7] A music video on July 7, 2017 for "Sweetie Little Jean" was released.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Cage the Elephant unless otherwise noted.

1."Cry Baby"4:20
2."Whole Wide World" (Eric Goulden)3:25
3."Sweetie Little Jean"3:26
5."Take It or Leave It"3:24
6."Too Late to Say Goodbye"3:52
7."Punchin’ Bag"3:25
8."Shake Me Down"3:26
10."Instant Crush" (Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo)5:09
12."Ain't No Rest for the Wicked"2:59
13."Rubber Ball"3:55
15."Golden Brown" (Hugh Cornwell, Jean-Jacques Burnel, Dave Greenfield, Jet Black)3:57
16."Cold Cold Cold"3:27
17."How Are You True"4:39
18."Come a Little Closer"3:45
19."Back Against the Wall"3:45
20."Cigarette Daydreams"3:26
21."Right Before My Eyes"4:40
Total length:79:21


Cage the Elephant
  • Matt Shultz - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Brad Shultz - acoustic guitar
  • Jared Champion - drums
  • Daniel Tichenor - bass, acoustic guitar
  • Nick Bockrath - acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, backing vocals, string arrangements
Additional musicians
  • Emma Kleinberg Singers - choir
  • Matthan Minster - keyboards, acoustic guitar, percussion, vibraphone, backing vocals
  • Kyle Davis - additional percussion


Chart (2017) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[10] 50
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[11] 10
US Billboard 200[12] 61
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[13] 9
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[14] 11


  1. ^ "Reviews and Tracks for Unpeeled [Live] by Cage the Elephant". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  2. ^ Wacey, Rob. "Unpeeled - Cage the Elephant". Allmusic. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  3. ^ Dolan, Jon. "Review: Cage the Elephant Chase Perfectionism on a Live Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  4. ^ Innes, Corrie. "Cage the Elephant – Unpeeled". The Skinny. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  5. ^ the Raven, Matt. "Cage the Elephant: Unpeeled (RCA) Review". Under The Radar. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  6. ^ "PRE-ORDER - Cage The Elephant Unpeeled CD + Digital Album - Cage The Elephant". Cage The Elephant. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  7. ^ CageTheElephantVEVO (2017-06-22), Cage The Elephant - Whole Wide World (Unpeeled) (Live Video), retrieved 2017-06-23
  8. ^ CageTheElephantVEVO (2017-07-07), Cage The Elephant - Sweetie Little Jean (Unpeeled) (Live Video), retrieved 2017-07-08
  9. ^ "Unpeeled by Cage the Elephant on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  10. ^ "Cage the Elephant Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 7, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  12. ^ "Cage the Elephant Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "Cage the Elephant Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Cage the Elephant Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.