What does it sound like?:
Cage The Elephant were formed in Kentucky ten years ago and relocated to London before their first album. Ironically, their albums sell well in the US, but not in the UK where they struggle to make the charts at all. They are said to be great live. Most importantly, they carry the flame for guitar rock, consisting of two guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and charismatic frontman, Matt Schulz.
To begin with, they had a rough-arse blues-rock sound. Their second album revealed a Pixies obsession. For their fourth, 2015’s Tell Me I’m Pretty, they recruited Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys to produce. He got them more organised, the songs tighter and the performances more focussed. They won a Grammy, a sign they had moved away from the edge towards a crowd-pleasing middle road. Unpeeled documents their Tell Me I’m Pretty tour.
So far, so straightforward. At this point, they decide to stretch themselves. They rearrange the songs for acoustic instruments and add a string section. Unpeeled is a very nice listen, too nice. All the wildness is gone. Matt Schulz hardly ever comes close to his legendary Black Francis scream, the closest is on » Continue Reading.