Three years after their critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut album, Cage the Elephant return with a bold reminder that they are stronger than ever. The rockers kicked off the New Year by dropping a "Thank You, Happy Birthday" across United States on January 11.
A 13 song collection of a raucous and inspired rock that displays an expanded sound for the band, the album debuted at No. 1 on iTunes chart in its first day of release. It later soared to No. 2 on Billboard Hot 200 in its opening week, marking their highest-charting effort.
But the album is not just about explosive rock sounds or a mark of their achievement on the albums charts, it's deeper than that. It's an attempt to be more honest with themselves after what they saw and experienced during the years of promoting their first album.
"On the first record I think I was really frustrated and angry at the world and writing about its problems and my frustrations with them," Matt Shultz said, "but on this record I realized I was part of the hypocrisy. And I was like, wow, I'm a real piece of sh*t."
Overall, the album reflected their vast musical growth and interests as a band. "We didn't have all the answers on our first album," Brad Shultz added. "But we were just like, f**k this, we're going to write the music we're going to write. This album was like a breath of fresh air."
This band have a number of concerts lined up in February, and some of them, including Coachella, have been sold out. Fans can find out detailed info about their upcoming shows on their official site.