Uncaged teenage ram­page

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

bass buzz of Cry Baby, Trou­ble and Por­tuguese Knife Fight are par­tic­u­larly rem­i­nis­cent of Black Keys songs su ch as Gold on the Ceil­ing. In other places, the band – Matt Shultz and brother Brad (right), Jared Cham­pion, Daniel Tichenor and Nick Bock­rath – plough head­long into the psych-garage style more re­cently prac­ticed by the likes of Tame Im­pala, as heard on Cold Cold Cold and on the neat twitch of Mess Around.

On the other hand, Punchin’ Bag – which doc­u­ments a tale of do­mes­tic abuse – has the clas­sic rock swag­ger that The Rolling Stones made their own in the 1960s. As such, it sounds slightly more pas­tiche than homage, al­though the fin­ger-click­ing 1950s rock‘n’roll of That’s Right is done well, as is the Kinks-esque Sweetie Lit­tle Jean.

While it may sound like Tell Me I’m Pretty is an all-en­com­pass­ing mod­ern rock al­bum, the truth is that Cage the Ele­phant have sim­ply thrown a lot of sounds at the prover­bial wall to see what sticks. More of­ten than not, their ef­forts slide into for­get­table ter­ri­tory, but there are plenty of fleet­ing plea­sures here too. cageth­eele­phant.com

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