Cage the Elephant - Melophobia
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2013 Ratings: #630 / 962
User Score
Based on 329 ratings
2013 Ratings: #100
October 8, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
Suggest a Genre
Abuse of this feature may prevent future contributions from your account.
Your Review
Sign In to rate and review
Although Cage the Elephant comes from Kentucky, their music seems to come out of a British recording studio. Their third album "Melophobia" is rich and varied with fine melodies and an interesting change of rhythm. This record mixes many genres. He unites the Beatles with pop punk, and a retro sound with blues beats. The highlights of this record are the songs that are carried by a melancholy anthem. In these moments the music of Cage The Elephant is sometimes light sometimes ... read more
Space Vacation
Thank you @celsi03 for the recommendation! Means a lot to me for people to send me stuff ^_^

I've kind of soured over the psychedelic music scene the last four years or so, it just doesn't have the same effect on me that it did when I was in my teens.
There was nothing bad on Melophobia so I don't want to come across negatively-- I really did enjoy this.

I thought Spiderhead was the most consistent track followed by Hypocrite and Cigarette Daydreams.
A few other tracks like Telescope and Halo ... read more
On "Melophobia", they tone-down the aggressive garage rock style that made up their previous records in favor of a lighter indie rock sound while retaining their lo-fi roots and bringing brass sections to the table. The result is Cage the Elephant's best work to date! The instrumentation is absolutely solid, the melodies are smooth, the writing is a huge improvement and the hooks are just so damn catchy!

Fav Tracks: Cigarette Daydreams, Spiderhead, Come a Little Closer, Halo, ... read more
I swear the entirety of this record is on the radio. That’s pretty fucking impressive.

Melophobia is watertight. Save for a couple odd vocal deliveries and one or two tracks that are pretty average affairs, this is CtE at their best.

Yeah maybe it’s the normie white bitch album, but I can be one of those people occasionally.
"Melophobia" marks an important moment in the group's career. Its songs are perfect to who is really suffering from a heartbreak or an toxic relationship. This album finally sees Cage The Elephant realise their full potential.

✅ Spiderhead | Come a Little Closer | Telescope | Take It or Leave It | Halo | Cigarette Daydreams
Purchasing Melophobia from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.

Year End Lists

#27/The Needle Drop

Track List

  1. Spiderhead
  2. Come a Little Closer
  3. Telescope
  4. It's Just Forever
  5. Take It or Leave It 
  6. Halo
  7. Black Widow 
  8. Hypocrite
  9. Teeth
  10. Cigarette Daydreams
Sign in to comment
No one has said anything yet.
In Library (68)

Added on: October 1, 2013