Thank You Happy Birthday

Cage the Elephant - Thank You Happy Birthday
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Based on 18 reviews
2011 Ratings: #703 / 964
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Based on 168 ratings
2011 Ratings: #292
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January 11, 2011 / Release Date
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Jive / Label
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"Thank You Happy Birthday" is noisier and more raw, but that also means it's a lot more rough around the edges. Nothing sticks as well as "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" or any of their proceeding efforts. It also contains some of their worst ideas.

Fav Tracks: Shake Me Down, Aberdeen, Around My Head, Always Something, Flow

Least Fav Tracks: Sell Yourself, Indie Kidz

A: What? So, this is the album that both has some of the best songs of this band, but also their worst overall?

B: Yes.

I don't enjoy a good chunk of this album because some songs simply suck, the screaming and whatever aesthetic they were trying to go for is horrible and it's a shame since it could've been so much better only if they'd have better ideas. I hate the song Indy Kidz, because it's all of that and also pretty cringy and it tries to be edgy or something?

Then you have Aberdeen ... read more
From the get go, Thank You Happy Birthday is a lot louder than Cage the Elephant's debut but with the more abrasive sound comes at a cost of the songs not being as tight and therefore not standing out as much as their debut.


Always Something 7/10
Aberdeen 7/10
Indy Kidz 6/10
Shake Me Down 7/10
2024 6.5/10
Sell Yourself 6.5/10
Rubber Ball 5.5/10
Right Before My Eyes 5/10
Around My Head 6/10
Sabertooth Tiger 6.5/10
Japanese Buffalo 5/10
Flow 5.5/10

AVERAGE: 6.1/10
From front to back, TYHB is an album that isn’t afraid to bash its listeners on the head with raw, unforgiving energy. Chock full of noisy guitars, exploding drums and overblown vocals, the album doesn’t fail to entertain listeners looking for a high-energy album from front-to-back.

The album is chaotic, almost sounding like a loud trashing at the end of a concert rather than a collection of proper songs at times (an aspect which I enjoy a lot); balanced with a few pit stops along ... read more
This is the beginning of it all. The start of the fall of CTE. This is when they started becoming a noisy mess.

As I previously stated, I fell in love with the sarcastic, fast paced lyrics and storytelling contained in their debut album.

THANK YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY is a lot noisier. Sure there some great songs that I do like Aberdeen and Right Before My Eyes. But most of the album is just loud guitars, loud distorted vocals that somehow overpower the loud guitars. This is an album that has me ... read more
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Track List

  1. Always Something 
  2. Aberdeen 
  3. Indy Kidz 
  4. Shake Me Down 
  5. 2024 
  6. Sell Yourself 
  7. Rubber Ball 
  8. Right Before My Eyes 
  9. Around My Head 
  10. Sabertooth Tiger 
  11. Japanese Buffalo 
  12. Flow
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Added on: December 7, 2011