I don’t know about anyone else, but Cage the Elephant’s third album, Melophobia, is one of my most anticipated albums of the year. I’ve raved about this band in the past and have even stated that if rock and roll ever needed saving, this was the band to call, so you know I was really excited when they announced a new single. While it’s not one of their strongest songs, it’s still pretty good and if anything it at least spells good things for the upcoming album.
The one thing that fans will notice instantly is that this song finds a softer, more mellow Cage the Elephant. Over the years they have gotten noticed for their insane live shows, thanks to Matt Shultz’s mad man moves and vocals. But we don’t find any of that here. Rather, Matt coos and pleads “Come a little closer then you see, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon.” There are no crazy screams that sound like Shultz has finally snapped. Even the music is softer here.
You won’t find any aggressive back breaking guitars or rock influenced music here. Rather the song is quite mellow as the music rings and echos throughout, as if putting the listener in a trance. Mellow songs aren’t anything new for the guys; they do have slow soft songs like “Rubber Ball” and “Right Before My Eyes” that are pretty successful in their own right, but it’s definitely not what fans were expecting for a lead single.
If anything the music sounds more like their debut album, which was steeped in psychedelic influences. Maybe it’s the music or Matt’s lighter vocals, but the tone of the song is trippy and kind of dizzying, giving off that psychedelic vibe. This is probably why despite the change in sound, it still sounds like a song they would do. They’ve managed to change their sound just enough to keep their fans on their toes, but not enough that fans begin to wonder what the hell the guys are doing. It may not be the most accessible song, but eventually you’ll find yourself singing it and you’ll grow to love it.
Overall the song gets 8/10. While it’s not their best song and not even their strongest, it’s still pretty catchy. This is definitely one of those songs that has to grow on you, but the more you hear it, the more you fall in love with it. The soft vocals and lighter music show a slightly different direction for Cage the Elephant, but the track is enough to get fans excited for the new album. Let’s just hope that they include some of those wild and crazy tracks that get fans excited on the new release.