As always, it took America way too long to jump on a good thing, as with the debut album from Cage The Elephant. It took the United States 10 months after it released in the United Kingdom to get an earful of true rock n 'roll. It has been too long since we have been able to satisfy the need for a real powerful all-around intense rock band.
This record pops with lyrics that are staggeringly thought-provoking and defined to get the attention of those who crave lyrics with substance. Matt gives us lyrics that have not been heard with such twists and turns since Bon Scott.
The early stages of a band are the blueprint of where the road will lead them as they make their way through the business of rock n 'roll. The symbols ring like ear candy as the drums beat out the path of never-never-land. Jared Champion makes sure that when the needle hits the record, or in today's terms, you click play on any track, you will know exactly what CD you are listening to.
Daniel Tichenor just pumps throbbing off-beats that work so well with the backbeat of the drums on every track. He fills with great intensity so as to not leave your ears a moment to recover from the emotional ecstasy of the music. Not since the early days of The Red Hot Chili Peppers has a bass player filled the void like Tichenor.
At times it almost notices as if they are a three piece guitar driven band. Yet Brad Schultz and Lincoln Parish are the only guitar players kicking the band to elevated energy. Matt's style of syntax when delivering his lyrics seems to just keep rocking out as the Sex Pistols of the 70's used to being on songs like "Holidays In The Sun" and "God Save The Queen".
There are moments on songs like "Back Stabbin 'Betty" where you feel Jim Cregan coming through from his days with Rod Stewart on his album "Foot Loose & Fancy Free". Those were the days before Stewart went for the dollars and truly rocked on each record. Can I get a witness? Just listen to "Born Loose" or "You're Insane" and you will see where Stewart went astray and Cage The Elephant takes it to the streets and rights all the wrongs.
Just seconds into "Free Love" you just know Hendrix is lighting his guitar on fire. No one understood more about free love and groupies than Jimi Hendrix. His spirit must be circling every time Cage The Elephant rocks out the final track from the best CD of 2008.