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Album Review

Cake's attempt to make a smug- and irony-free album, the band's third release does hold back the barbs a bit more than usual, even if they do fall back into familiar territory: postmodern takes on postmodern life. Flipping between earnest alt-rock rhythms and jittery, funky jazz, Prolonging the Magic works best when Cake lay on the irony extra heavy, or when they make their sober ambitions mesh slightly with the type of smart-ass pop they've based a career on (like "Never There"). At least they seem to realize their place in the alt-rock universe as a novelty band with chops, counteracting the genre's overwhelming seriousness with a light dose of heavy-handed yuks. [Prolonging the Magic was also released in a clean version, with all vulgarities removed.]

Customer Reviews

CAKE's Most Balanced Album

If someone were to ask me, "Who's CAKE?", I'd give them this album.

Lying between the raw potential and wit drenched offerering that is Motorcade of Generosity and the chrome-polished straight studio album that is Pressure Chief, Prolonging the Magic represents the best of CAKE. Simple in it's complexity, smooth in it's ruggedness - the album breathes from start to finish and leaves the listener wanting more CAKE. "Sheep Go to Heaven, Goats Go to Hell" may be the most rembered radio hit from the airwaves of the late 90's, but the track is equaled by almost every other on the album; it's just that good of a whole product.

I hold CAKE in high esteem because they are a genre breaking band. A little country, a little rock n' roll, they are a whole lot kicka**, and on Prolonging the Magic they mix funk, jazz, country, and rock to create a form of Americana that rises far beyond anything I would normally associate with the term. CAKE's album is a representation of America at it's most ridiculous, promising, and nostalgic, and they'll lay it on you while you laugh and sing along. A continual treat to behold over ten years after it's release, CAKE, and this album, are just that good. Get it and then get every one of their other albums, because they were, and continue to be, one of the best and most original bands on the block.


Great album, why are all the songs listed as explicit?

Good stuff right here!

Another good CAKE album. Never There is the best of the bunch, but there are some other really good songs here such as Mexico, Let Me Go, and Sheep Go to Heaven. My only complaint is that most the songs here have a slower tempo. Not a big deal though, and no reason to avoid this album. Check it out!


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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