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Much like Camper Van Beethoven or a streamlined Flaming Lips, Cake turn the crazy and the absurd into tunes accessible for everyone. The blare of horns for “Federal Funding” throws off a deceptively festive air. “Long Time” uses a stripped-down frame to kick up the new-wave vibe with tight harmonies and a swooping synthesizer. Singer John McCrea receives plenty of flack and praise for singing like he’d rather be somewhere else, but his deadpan delivery on Frank Sinatra’s “What’s Now Is Now” or his own “Sick of You” adds a sense of modern-day frustration to the variety of sentiments. “Teenage Pregnancy” is a downcast instrumental that refrains from making any comment. “Bound Away” trends towards a country waltz. “The Winter” throws together an icy pop song that sounds like it’s celebrating a Russian blizzard. “Italian Guy” throws together a peppy horn chart and a nightclub piano for McCrea to contemplate in that usually witty and slightly detached way that has become purely his own.

Customer Reviews

Waste of time

As a Cake fan I found this album dissapointing and so boring that I couldn't even get to the end of most tracks. 7 years was aparently not enough time for quality, instead this album is a monumental piece of mediocrity. I own and love all of the previous Cake albums. As a friend of mine said to me, "Some bands know when they have jumped the shark and throw in the towel rather than produce substandard material. Some dissapoint so much that they make you lose faith in all their other work."

Very CAKEy without being formulaic

I wasn't sure about this album before it came out- Cake's albums had been getting a little formulaic, but I think the time they took off worked wonders. This is an incredibly strong effort. Some (most) of the songs will have you dancing and rocking out in your seat, and some will have you listening intently at the beautiful harmonies or intricate arrangements, and everything still has that quintessential CAKE-ness to it, without seeming like a repeat of all their past stuff. Definitely worth $10. Awesome record.

Who Doesn't Love Them Some Cake?

Great to have something new from these guys. 4 layers AND sweet frosting to boot. Don't miss it. Mmmm-mmm good.


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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