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Prolonging The Magic
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|1. Satan Is My Motor|
|3. Never There|
|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?|
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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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.
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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It's often hard to tell each track from another, every track is unremarkable, and uniquely Cake. If you like Cake, get this cd, because it sounds like everything else they've done. Read morePublished on July 4 2003
Like many of my friends, I'm absolutely in LOVE with Motorcade of Generosity. And it's still my favorite work from this inventive band. But give Prolonging a chance. Read morePublished on June 1 2003
simply classic. songs like mexico, guitar, and never there (which is DEFINATELY a classic) are only part of this amazing album. Read morePublished on May 14 2003
In my opinion, CAKE is one of the best bands out there. This cd is great. Although it says it's explicit lyrics, it's not. Read morePublished on July 20 2002
Prolonging the Magic is not only the best Cake album, it is one of the best albums of all time. You will never get sick of any song on the CD, not even the two big singles, Never... Read morePublished on June 27 2002 by Brad Turk
This album is fun. If you like cake or if you've never heard them before - give this one a shot, you'll enjoy it. Read morePublished on May 22 2002
If you enjoy both of these artists' quirky sense of lyrics and riffs, then you will certainly enjoy Cake--Prolonging the Magic!Published on Jan. 14 2002