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  • Audio CD (April 24 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005ABIP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Satan Is My Motor
2. Mexico
3. Never There
4. Guitar
5. You Turn The Screws
6. Walk On By
7. Sheep Go To Heaven
8. When You Sleep
9. Hem Of Your Garment
10. Alpha Beta Parking Lot
11. Let Me Go
12. Cool Blue Reason
13. Where Would I Be?

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A kinder, gentler Cake? You'd never know it from listening to the opening track, a ditty with the rather unconventional title "Satan Is My Motor." But the truth is, most of Prolonging the Magic finds the Sacramento, California, quintet toning down the arch commentary of tracks such as "Rock and Roll Lifestyle" and "The Distance" from albums Motorcade of Generosity and Fashion Nugget. In its place is straight-ahead observational songwriting on "Alpha Beta Parking Lot" and "Guitar," and the naked, if still quirky, relationship commentaries "Where Would I Be?" and "Walk on By." Not to worry: The group's trademark humor is still in place on "You Turn the Screws" and "Sheep Go to Heaven," while touches of steel guitar and musical saw expand their already unusual sonic palette. As the title suggests, Cake seems capable of prolonging the magic a while longer. --Daniel Durchholz

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Cake does it again with their Junior offering to the public. This album pretty much continues where Fasion Nuggett and Motorcade of Generosity left off. The songs are 3-5 minutes, tightly constructed and usually follow the typical intro, verse, chrous, solo, verse, chorus, ending. Again the mix of lyrical smoothness combined with a jazz ensemble and some kickin horns make for some particularly memorable tracks. Although not as completly even as Fashion Nugget, there are stil some excellent offerings here. The album actually gains steam as it goes along much the same way that Mortorcade Of Generosity did. You Turn The Screws is an excellent song that exemplifies Cake's cathy lyrics and double meanings. Other favorites include When You Sleep and Cool Blue Reason. The only downside of this album is that by the time you get to Where Would I Be, you are pretty tired of the repetiveness. Cake's style was good for three albums and I think they will need to reinvent themselves if they want to continue to be cutting edge.
On an interesting side note, I lived in the Sacramento area for a awhile where these guys are from. They were known for cancelling live shows and getting pissed off at the audience for "moshing" and misunderstaniding their music. Their live shows were reputedly direct replications of thier studio albums which is dissapointing.
Bottom Line: Fans of Cake should pick this up in and newcomers can start here or with Fashion Nuggett.
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They have steel guitars, country-rock and 80s new wave influences, a brilliant trumpet player doubling on keyboards, bass lines that walk like the funky chicken, smart, almost-spoken lyrics and a social conscience with a sense of humor. They are Cake, and words do not describe. This third release from the Sacramento-native band is less raw than Motorcade of Generosity and less angry than Fashion Nugget, but it stands out as the most consistently excellent album in their catalog. Those who heard only the radio hit "Never There" might be surprised to learn that while it's similar to their other earlier radio-rotated "Going the Distance," it's more of an anomaly in their overall repertoire. There's no disappointment in that, though - from the sweet, twangy, and lyrically brilliant "Mexico" to the raucous sing-along power of "Sheep Go To Heaven", Cake hops gaps between genres and never fails to deliver a better mood. If you don't like this CD, you'll find someone in your close circle of friends who will be happy to capitalize on your bad taste and take it off your hands.
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I heard a song on the radio that put me in stitches. That song was "Rock and Roll Lifestyle", and for years after I never ever heard it again, and wondered many times who had penned it. It was Cake, and just recently I finally decided to buy one of their CDs when the new "Comfort Eagle" record had been released. I figured I should start somewhere else besides their new stuff, and I remembered how much I liked "Sheep Go To Heaven" and "Never There" anyway, so I settled on Prolonging the Magic. Certainly a worthwhile stop on the road to all things Cake. Tracks 1-5 are all choice. First song is the best, "Satan Is My Motor", a laid back analogy of the authors psyche if he were a car. "You Turn the Screws" is a catchy GenX rant about how evil America is, and if you can ignore that lamebrained message, its a cool tune. Also worth noting, "Hem of Your Garment", in which the author feels unworthy to touch a femme's said piece of clothing. Great use of the trumpet, minimalist music that doesn't grate on the ears, cynical, smart-alecky lyrics, this is a good piece of Cake.
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Cake has good ingredients: excellent musicianship, witty lyrics, adventurous music, intriguing musical styles, and unusual instruments for a rock context. Cake is never like meat and potatoes. I especially like the great Gen-X poetry--ironic, cynical, slyly amused, not overly earnest, cool, and aloof.
Satan is My Motor is a jokey song with the singer singing about his motor--probably lust despite superficial evidence that he's a nice guy. Mexico is probably about dating a Latino and it features wonderful pedal steel. Never There is a danceable song about a game-playing female. Guitar is a fantasy song about throwing a guitar out a window high up in a building. You Turn the Screws sounds like a song about an unethical record company mogul and his lust for money and how the musician feels himself getting sucked into the corruption. The breezy Walk on By is about breaking up an affair. Sheep Go To Heaven uses trumpets again deftly and has the great line which sums up my sentiments exactly about downtown party zones: "I don't want to go to Sunset Strip, I don't want to feel the emptiness, gold marques with stupid band names, I don't want to go sunset strip."
When You Sleep (Where Do You Fingers go?) is a dreamy, fanciful song. Hem of your Garmet is another uneasy love affair song in which the lover feels evil and unworthy of her. Alpha Beta Parking Lot is probably about being feeling abandoned and alienated. Let Me Go is another Hold On Loosely love song. Cool Blue Reason is a crime drama. Where Would I Be is an exotic sounding finale.
Throughout the bass and guitar work together well with creative riffs and musical lines. John McCrea vocals are a bit deadpan and don't have much range, but like Lou Reed's voice, you can't help but listen--his voice seems to match the mood of the lyrics well.
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