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SOTD: “Trouble” by Cage the Elephant

Today’s Song of the Day is “Trouble” by Cage the Elephant


Album art for Tell Me I’m Pretty by Cage the Elephant.

I discovered this song while watching episode 2 of CW hit show Riverdale and immediately fell in love with it.

“Trouble” keeps a nostalgic and pleading tone throughout that is reminiscent of something you might have heard in the early 1970s. I interpreted this song as someone in love with a person they believe they do not deserve. I was most attracted to this song because of the variation in guitar sounds and the key changes. This song manages to go from soft and thoughtful to urgent and rough seamlessly and is well deserving of being put on repeat the first few times you listen to it.


Image from music video for “Trouble” by Cage the Elephant.

Produced and co-written by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, “Trouble” is the second single released from Cage the Elephant’s fourth studio album Tell Me I’m Pretty. Auerbach is also credited as a backing vocalist and guitarist for the album.

Other outstanding songs on the album include “Cold, Cold, Cold”, “How Are You True”, and “Too Late to Say Goodbye” which run in a similar vein to “Trouble” with regards to a defining sound. The lyrics take the listener through a range of emotions much like the instruments present on the song:

Got so much to lose
Got so much to prove
God don’t let me lose my mind

Trouble on my left, trouble on my right
I’ve been facing trouble almost all my life
My sweet love, won’t you pull me through?
Everywhere I look I catch a glimpse of you

                             Trouble by Cage the Elephant

“Trouble” is great to listen to late at night with your eyes closed, letting every part of the song wash over you and Tell Me I’m Pretty is much the same. Add this song to your favorite playlists and enjoy!

“Trouble” is available on Spotify, TIDAL, Apple Music, and Youtube.

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