Sound — 10
I absolutely love the sound on this album. Its fresh and it sounds like a mixture of Beck, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with some funk thrown in. Its bringing my faith in rock back and it stands out from the emo-pop stuff going around today, and traces back to better times in music, to more of the grungy 90's scene (The video for "Back against the Wall" is said to be a tribute to Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box"). They just seem to have a very odd and melodic sound I can't quite describe, but I like it.
Lyrics — 9
Matt Schultz has a very funky, rock, and smooth voice, which really complements to the band's sound. Some of it actually reminds me of Robert Plant's odd-but-appropriate voice. His lyrics are pretty powerful and stand out to the average person, like the economically-fueled lyrics of "Aint No Rest for the Wicked", and the political rampage in "Lotus". It reminds of me of Zach de la Rocha from RATM just a little bit. Regardless of the lyrics, the vocal melodies really complement the songs and add a little funk rock flavor to the album.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I think this is a great start for Cage the Elephant, and I'm surprised no one has put up a review for this. I hope that the success of this album will lead to a new direction in music, directing us from the emo-pop we are slowly falling into. The most impressive songs from this album are "Aint No Rest for the Wicked", "Lotus", "In One Year", and "Back Against the Wall". If I ever lose this album, I would run to the nearest record store and pick another copy up right away.