Formerly incorporating genres like funk, blues and punk into their garage-centric mélange, the fourth studio effort from Bowling Green, KY’s alternative radio standouts features a surf-punk flavor as their newly adopted musical calling. Cleverly hiring on The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach for production duties assures every tune is graced with splendiferous fuzz, yet opener
“Cry Baby” is the only track that transcends the trappings of homage. And even at just 10 tracks the ironic nostalgia of their hipster chic wears tragically thin.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Cage the Elephant
Tell Me I’m Pretty
Producer: Dan Auerbach