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Album Review

While so many rock bands try to reinvent themselves with every new album, Cake has made a name for itself by sticking to its brand of smirking funk-pop. Blending jazz, rockabilly, experimental rock, and a little less country than usual, Comfort Eagle, the band's first album since leaving Capricorn Records for Columbia, carries on the Cake tradition of offbeat humor and catchy melodies. While some fans may be waiting for its sound to evolve, singer/songwriter John McCrea and company seem content to reign over their quirky little corner of the popular music landscape. "Opera Singer" and the first single, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," follow in the footsteps of Cake's previous hits, but are no less enjoyable because of it. "Shadow Stabbing" is one of the most straightforward rock songs the band has ever recorded, with McCrea forgoing his usual half-spoken vocals for an almost irony-free delivery. While it is still unmistakably Cake, it would sound right at home on a Cars album. The rest of the album is by the numbers Cake, which is comforting and slightly disappointing at the same time. The group has certainly perfected its sound, and one can understand why it would be hesitant to turn its back on its extremely distinctive style, but with Comfort Eagle Cake comes dangerously close to simply remaking its previous release, Prolonging the Magic. While new fans might enjoy Comfort Eagle on its own merits, Cake followers may feel as though they've bought the same album twice. However, both albums are strong enough that they probably won't mind.

Customer Reviews

Bought Based on One Song, Ended Up In Love With the Whole Album!

I got the album on the strength of "Short Skirt / Long Jacket" (being the theme to the TV show "Chuck") and a couple quick previews and never having really been concious of the band previoustly. I have to say, this is one of my instant full-album classics! "Long Line of Cars" is probably the weakest cut but I think it's a four-star tune. From "Opera Singer" to "World of Two", it's just a great album to listen too. Even Arco Arena is one of the few five-star instrumentals in my collection. Honestly, easily one of the most enjoyable albums I have regardless of my mood!


For cake, this album was pretty good. I just wish their songs were catchier like short skirt and a long jacket. I'm not saying they're bad, i'm just saying that maybe this album wasn't my plate of cake(ha). People are allowed to have their own taste, so here's mine.

Love Cake

Good, poppy, catchy, funky, upbeat album.


Formed: 1992 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best-known for their ubiquitous hit "The Distance," Cake epitomized the postmodern, irony-drenched aesthetic of '90s geek rock. Their sound freely mixed and matched pastiches of widely varying genres -- white-boy funk, hip-hop, country, new wave pop, jazz, college rock, and guitar rock -- with a particular delight in the clashes that resulted. Their songs were filled with lyrical non-sequiturs, pop-culture references, and smirky satire, all delivered with bone-dry detachment by speak/singing frontman...
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