Thank You Happy Birthday

Cage the Elephant - Thank You Happy Birthday
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2011 Ratings: #671 / 922
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
2011 Ratings: #259
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

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
It's not as memorable as their debut, but it doesn't need to be. I love this album because it's extremely raw and noisy (at least by CTE's standards) and it sounds like it was fun to make. Luckily this translates over to this listening experience as well, because although everything they're doing has been done before (and admittedly by better bands probably; i.e. The Jesus Lizard, Nirvana, The Beatles, The Pixies, etc.) it's so enjoyable that it's hard to really care too much about ... read more
Always Something: 10/10
Flow: 9.5/10
Carry Me In: 9.5/10
Sabertooth Tiger: 9/10
Rubber Ball: 9/10
Doctor Doctor Doctor Help Me Help Me Help Me: 8.5/10
Around My Head: 8/10
Aberdeen: 8/10
Right Before My Eyes: 7.5/10
2024: 7/10
Shake Me Down: 7/10
Indy Kidz: 6.5/10
Japanese Buffalo: 5.5/10
Sell Yourself: 3/10
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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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