Tell Me I'm Pretty

Cage the Elephant - Tell Me I'm Pretty
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Ratings: #532 / 915
User Score
Based on 336 ratings
2015 Ratings: #292
Liked by 11 people
December 18, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
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Drowned in Sound

Other than the production, Tell Me I’m Pretty sits very much in the same league as Melophobia – a confident, eclectic rock record with heaps of personality and charm.


With the release of Melophobia in 2013, listeners saw Cage create a new identity; Tell Me I'm Pretty takes that change further by exploring new avenues and soundscapes, and it's better for it.

The Guardian

The band are operating in an ever more overcrowded field, but their songwriting has never been sharper.

A.V. Club

Tell Me I’m Pretty is the group’s best attempt at looking beyond its afternoon main-stage festival sets.

Cage the Elephant are maturing and their songs have a new heft to them, which may drive away some old diehards but will certainly attract new followers.
Rolling Stone
These guys aren't just reliving classic sounds, they're giving them a frantic sense of dread that's perfect for our own dislocated, paranoid times.

Cage The Elephant’s fourth record sounds safe, inoffensive.

Consequence of Sound
While Cage the Elephant deliver a well-rounded record, this one’s not enough to vault them multiple steps ahead.
In their bid to capture the essence of their bluesy, garage rock, Cage the Elephant have effectively managed to lose the quirky personality they once had.
Under The Radar

The band seemed more than capable of leaping ahead of their radio-friendly indie counterparts, but slip right back into the abyss with their least ambitious LP to date. 

Going to start adding track ratings and album emojis to all my LP reviews fyi
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This album is incredibly special to me, which is why I decided to save this review until the big 100. It's one of the first albums I ever fully listened to, and definitely one of the few that I actually returned to. Cage The Elephant as a band itself is fairly important to me as ... read more
"Tell Me I'm Pretty" is a great if not significant evolution from "Melophobia", with more of the catchy hooks, solid melodies and great instrumentation that made that album great. The lyrics are a big step down, though.

Fav Tracks: Trouble, Cry Baby, Too Late To Say Goodbye, Sweetie Little Jean, Cold Cold Cold

Least Fav Track: That's Right

Very Good
The streak of good albums for CTE continues with Tell Me I'm Pretty, even though the dip in quality is really noticeable. They tried doing something really different here, it still is Pop Rock and it still has good tracks, it's still a decent album, but in my opinion, they should've continued making their odd and somewhat weird fusion of genres with Pop Rock like they did on their past record.

The execution is fine, some tracks like Trouble or Cry Baby are really good, but the rest... they ... read more
Riding off of the creative fallout from their amazing 2013 release, Melophobia, Cage The Elephant's Tell Me I'm Pretty draws takes less from the fresh soundscape of Melophobia, but still feels like a lot more than the mediocre throwback rock of their first two albums. It sits somewhere in between as a solid rock album that can really be a thrill to listen to in itself.
Rating: 3.54/5.00
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Track List

  1. Cry Baby
  2. Mess Around
  3. Sweetie Little Jean
  4. Too Late to Say Goodbye
  5. Cold Cold Cold
  6. Trouble
  7. How Are You True
  8. That's Right
  9. Punchin' Bag
  10. Portuguese Knife Fight
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Added on: October 30, 2015