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Cage The Elephant: Thank You, Happy Birthday

Second album from the Kentucky quintet.

Thank You, Happy Birthday is a confusing listen.

If you were expecting more of the same garagey, funk-inflected rawk that filled CTE’s debut, you’ll likely walk away disappointed.

Thank You… just doesn’t know what it wants to be – one minute it’s all uncomfortable screams and squalling feedback (Indy Kidz), the next they’re playing at being the Pixies with Around My Head, and somewhere in between they’re having a go at being the Beach Boys (Right Before My Eyes).

It’s not a bad album, it’s just one that appears to be having an identity crisis.

Sian Llewellyn

Classic Rock editor Siân has been an obsessive music nerd for as long as she can remember. Has a pathological hatred of people turning the rock canon into jukebox musicals.