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Album Review: Cage The Elephant - Thank You Happy Birthday (Virgin)

Injecting fun into music where many bands dare not venture

Album Review: Cage The Elephant  - Thank You Happy Birthday (Virgin)

7 / 10 Nice surprise this one. Nu-grunge? Hardly. There’s little sign of Cage The Elephant’s former angst here, replaced instead by three types of song. There are ones that sound like Dead Kennedys, such as ‘Indy Kidz’, a “right haircut”-baiting rework of ‘California Uber Alles’. Then there are ones that sound like The Knack, like the puckish sweetness of ‘Right Before My Eyes’.

Finally there are ones that sound like Dead Kennedys doing The Cars, like the sublimely weird ‘Aberdeen’ and ‘2024’. Basically, the album’s a mess of melody, noise, stoopidity, screaming and big choruses that does its bit for the all-important Campaign Against Intellectualism In Rock. Fun.

Martin Robinson

7/10

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