Over the past decade, London via Kentucky band Cage the Elephant has established itself as a staple rock act of the day. Is their fifth studio album a welcome addition to their repertoire or a sign of their slowing originality? I’m leaning toward the latter.
Social Cues is varied record. “House of Glass” is an abrasive proclamation of apathy. “Ready to Let Go” is a noble attempt at staying true to the band’s roots, while slower, softer songs like “Love’s the Only Way” and “Goodbye” keep the album from feeling too set in its ways. Unfortunately, much of the album tends to blend together.
If Cage the Elephant was trying to do something new, they ended up with a forgettable repeat of their formula. While longtime fans will appreciate the new addition to the band’s catalogue, this album won’t bring any new crowds to the circus.