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Cage The Elephant - Social Cues (2019) Published: April 19/19 Released: April 19/19 albumAlternative13 Tracks • 44 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: Their underground, nonchalant signature sound holds up in Social Cues. -Aesthetic Magazine (CA)
    Social Cues is the fifth studio album by Cage The Elephant, released by RCA Records from Sony Music Entertainment on April 19, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Broken Boy2:43Cage the Elephant
    2. Social Cues3:39Cage the Elephant
    3. Black Madonna3:46Cage the Elephant
    4. Night Running3:28Cage the Elephant & Beck
    5. Skin and Bones3:16Cage the Elephant
    6. Ready to Let Go3:07Cage the Elephant
    7. House of Glass2:34Cage the Elephant
    8. Love's the Only Way4:00Cage the Elephant
    9. The War Is Over3:15Cage the Elephant
    10. Dance Dance3:10Cage the Elephant
    11. What I'm Becoming3:50Cage the Elephant
    12. Tokyo Smoke3:25Cage the Elephant
    13. Goodbye4:16Cage the Elephant
℗ 2019 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Critic Reviews (31)

Social Cues is Cage The Elephant’s darkest and most personal album yet.

80% 3 months ago

musicOMH.com musicOMH.com

Social Cues shows why Cage the Elephant has stayed in the game for so long.

80% 3 months ago

The Young Folks The Young Folks

It’s the kind of album that deserves many critical listens and appreciation for not only the tender lyrical elements but the musicality chosen to match them.

3 months ago

PureGrainAudio.com PureGrainAudio.com

The songwriting on Social Cues is far too tame to live up to the album's dark backstory.

50% 3 months ago

theneedledrop theneedledrop

A refreshingly honest perspective in an age that glorifies the presentation of personal success above all else.

80% 3 months ago

The Harvard Crimson The Harvard Crimson

Tracks that feel invitingly raw and raucous.

3 months ago

DiandraReviews DiandraReviews

A sobering and deeply personal glimpse into the marriage breakdown of lead singer Matt Schultz.

3 months ago

Essentially Pop Essentially Pop

They have veered from garage rock to electro-pop to quirky indie without ever really standing out.

60% 3 months ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

They reveal a swaggering beast of a band, perhaps the one they were always meant to be.

80% 3 months ago

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Telegraph

The strong songs are too enthralling to let go of the less refined ones.

60% 3 months ago

Plattentests.de Plattentests.de

Cage The Elephant is more than an average rock band, that is clear.

80% 3 months ago

Dansende Beren Dansende Beren

This audacious album succeeds not by altering Cage's distinctive identity but by exponentially amplifying it. [June 2019, p.26]

80% 3 months ago

Uncut Uncut

The band’s best work to date.

80% 3 months ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

The band relies on old strengths but still opens up to new elements.

80% 3 months ago

lautde lautde

Think Imagine Dragons in leather jackets and ripped jeans, if you will.

40% 3 months ago

DIY Magazine DIY Magazine

Social Cues has plenty of spectacular music to make it a 2019 Top 10 contender.

80% 3 months ago

Under The Radar Under The Radar

Social Cues finds Cage the Elephant exploring more intricate arrangements and bringing influences like electronic pop, glam and even reggae closer to the front than before.

4 months ago

Nashville Scene Nashville Scene

Social Cues keeps things interesting with a lot of attention drawn to Schultz’s voice and story.

4 months ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

The underlying intensity to their music on previous records is stripped away, leaving in its wake a bland and largely forgettable experience.

45% 4 months ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

The eclectic Kentucky band channels its mid-career angst on a great album.

80% 4 months ago


This is the sound of Cage The Elephant exploring every corner of what they are.

80% 4 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

Throughout the album, the fragility of love collides with the personality warp of celebrity.

4 months ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

Musically, it's a radical rethink. [May 2019, p.89]

80% 4 months ago

Mojo Mojo

While it doesn't measure up to such great break-up albums as Beck's Sea Change or Blur's 13, Social Cues still possesses emotional heft. [June 2019, p.108]

60% 4 months ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

Cage the Elephant’s Social Cues shows that the band can still reach for new sounds while continuing to thump out radio-friendly hits.

60% 4 months ago

The Skinny The Skinny

Social Cues shows the group maturing musically without losing its grip on their ability to craft haunting, accessible tunes ready for the larger venues they have rightfully graduated to.

70% 4 months ago

American Songwriter American Songwriter

It’s the sound of Cage the Elephant finally uncaged.

4 months ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

It looks like Cage The Elephant are headed the big sound headliner way of bands like The Killers.

40% 4 months ago

Soundblab Soundblab

Their most sophisticated and captivating offering yet.

90% 4 months ago

GIGWISE (UK) GIGWISE (UK)

Social Cues is easily one of Cage the Elephant's best efforts.

70% 4 months ago

PopMatters PopMatters

Their underground, nonchalant signature sound holds up in Social Cues.

80% 4 months ago

Aesthetic Magazine (CA) Aesthetic Magazine (CA)
User Reviews (5)

KaseyLD116 months ago
Fantastic as usual Cage the Elephant is one of my all time favorite bands. I am by no means any musical expert, but I think they are a unique and substantial band amidst today's typical junk. I have been excited about their new album for months. I thought it would be tough to top "Tell Me I'm Pretty", but if the first single is indicative of "Social Cues" this may be their best yet!

Just dis kid6 months ago
Finally!! This album will be amazing

SongReviewer206 months ago
pure music When I read the preface for “Ready to Let Go” and the truth and pure emotion that went into writing such a song I knew this album could be nothing short of raw talent and songs written through suffering. The single, referencing the collapse of songwriter’s 7 year marriage (according to Rolling Stones interview), was excruciating to execute, battling emotional stress and physical exhaustion from it all. This album is genuine human emotion displayed through music and the riveting melodies that Cage the Elephant never ceases to provide.

cjcarr214 months ago
Yikes So far, honestly, sounds horrible.

TomahawkBlues4 months ago
It’s not BAD but... Cage the Elephant doesn’t go off the deep end like a lot of bands do when they change their style. But this album is very different. If you like the rock/blues sound they used to have, then this album isn’t for you. Lots of white noise, ambience and synth.
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