Cage The Elephants recent release Tell Me I’m Pretty is an evolvement for the Kentucky band – with production from The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach.
Auberbach’s influence across the album is prominent from the get go with opening track -Cry Baby. Scuzzy guitars and blues inspired the track feels as if Auerbach is producing a Black Keys album revolutionising the original 5 piece band’s sound. A hypnotic vocal from frontman Matthew Shultz elevates the track giving its raw edge in which Cage The Elephant still obtain in their 4th studio album.
First single to be taken from the LP is Mess Around, marking their return to the music scene. Catchy, fun and upbeat, Mess Around will sure set to be a highlight across festivals this summer.
Sweetie Little Jean begins with a slower pace before leading into a fast chorus of drum roles which showcase their versatility as a band. They’ve certainly come a long way since their self-titled debut album in 2008. Notably the album shows a subtler side to the band with the acoustic guitars used in How Are You True; mark a true standout point from the album, portraying a vulnerable yet angelic side to the production.
Overall Tell Me I’m Pretty is a confident album from Cage The Elephant. Auerbach’s strong production helps freshen the band both musically and lyrically making Cage The Elephant more creative as a 5 piece. However, some tracks (including Punchin’ Bag) leave little to the imagination and could leave listeners feeling as though there is too much Black Keys inspiration.