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  • Audio CD (July 24 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • Run Time: 37.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005MCW5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Opera Singer
2. Meanwhile, Rick James...
3. Shadow Stabbing
4. Short Skirt/Long Jacket
5. Commissioning A Symphony In C
6. Arco Arena
7. Comfort Eagle
8. Long Line Of Cars
9. Love You Madly
10. Pretty Pink Ribbon
11. World Of Two

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Comfort Eagle


When two-fifths of Cake defected to form Deathray after the release of their sophomore album, Fashion Nugget, some wondered if Sacramento's answer to Camper Van Beethoven would disappear into the land of one-hit wonders--especially since Cake's lone hit, "The Distance," had been penned by departing guitarist Greg Brown. But true to bandleader John McCrea's deadpan cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," Cake turned around and repeated their success with 1998's Prolonging the Magic and its infectious hit, "Never There." Now comes Comfort Eagle, and, with it, news of drummer Todd Roper's departure (which probably explains the addition of drum programming to McCrea's ever-expanding credits). Like Beck, McCrea's self-sufficiency is only matched by an overriding ironic sensibility. It serves him well on the title track where, above mock Middle Eastern drones, he takes on all poseurs ("Now his hat is on backwards, he can show you his tattoos / He's in the music business, he is calling you 'dude'"). By comparison, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," a song that dates back to McCrae's coffeehouse years, sounds formulaic (which probably explains its selection as the album's first single). No matter, tracks like "Long Line of Cars" and "Meanwhile, Rick James..." are sufficiently intriguing to make up for it. Factor in the distinctive trumpet embellishments of Vincent DiFiore, the band's other original member, and Comfort Eagle seems guaranteed to ensure that, no matter what happens, Cake will survive. --Bill Forman

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Format: Audio CD
I absolutely love this album. Admittedly I was never a huge fan of Cake before. All I had heard was the singles on the radio, and I had never been too enthused. Perhaps I was too young to get their unique sound, or maybe I just didn't take the time to give them a close enough look. Either way, after hearing this album all the way through I'm definitely a converted man.

There is something infectuous about this release that truly cannot be denied. Tracks such as "Meanwhile, Rich James...", "Love You Madly", and "Shadow Stabbing" are criminally catchy and bouncy and you can't help but nod your head along with the beat. These tracks are different than the singles you hear on the radio, because for the most part they are entirely devoid of the spoken-word preaching vocal style that I had assumed was all Cake had to offer. While this style is still present in many of the tracks (Short Skirt Long Jacket, and the extremely well done title track), I'm definitely impressed with the singing vocals found here.
Let me also say how much I enjoy the short intermission type track that is "Arco Arena". I find myself listening to it several times over each time I listen through the album. Truly a little gem.
Anyways, the point is that this is a great album. People who have enjoyed Cake for years now will undoubtably like it because a lot of the sound is similiar, but those who haven't checked out Cake before, or think they haven't liked what they've heard, I urge you to check again. There is something here for everyone.
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Format: Audio CD
Cake is a splendid band. Their merging of quirky themes and even quirkier lyrics backlined by their use of fun catchy melodies is enough to keep anyone boppin along. I first heard Cake on the radio (Short SKirt, Long Jacket) and was intrigued by "that guy's" voice and fun tune. I never thought much of it though until last summer a wise musical friend of my boyfriend lent us his cd case. I discovered the cd and was somewhat delighted to find that hey! here's that cool song I heard a few months ago.
Listening to the rest of the album proves just as delightful, if not more so. John McCrea proves that his interesting voice can do some singing and that his interesting mind can do some writing. "Meanwhile, Rick James" (yes *that* Rick James) is a sad and hopeless story set to a terrific melody. The songs all seem insightfil of McCrea's own thoughts on the world and his there we have it again! quirky humor. This album promises to be fun and funny and yet somehow still meaningful in anything it says. The music doesn't take itself too seriously and for this, you feel refreshed and bouncy after a spin on the ritz. And hey, if it's facetious or pretentious at times, it's only play.
Best tracks:
Shadow Stabbing(fun, catchy, memorable, sticks in your head..)
Meanwhile, Rick James
Commissioning a Symphony in C (almost a ballad)
Comfort Eagle ("we are building a religion")
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Format: Audio CD
Although on the surface these songs might appear to possess that classically funny Cake allure, with their seemingly crazy titles, this just might be their most accomplished release yet. And smartest. Earlier smashes like "The Distance" and "Never There" seemed to carry the weight of their respective CDs, but on Comfort Eagle that doesn't quite hold true. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" was greatly received by almost everyone who heard it; and the 'Orange County' soundtrack song "Shadow Stabbing" also seemed to help boost this album's sales. But unlike their previous albums, Comfort Eagle does not have a song that can be considered bad. It's very solid all the way through. And to be perfectly honest, some of the lesser-known tracks here are actually better than the singles. Here's an overview of the 11 songs:
1. Opera Singer - 4/5 - the beats here are a little more pop-ish compared to most of Cake's previous work. But the lyrics and overall feel really get you pumped for the entire CD. Although I heard it a few times on the radio, I'm surprised it never hit it big(ger).
2. Meanwhile, Rick James... - 3/5 - this is actually my least favorite song, but still I agree with other reviewers in saying it's a very intriguing song. It's more reminiscent of a Motorcade Of Generosity song; which is hit-and-miss.
3. Shadow Stabbing - 4.5/5 - with a very similar approach to "Opera Singer", it might actually be slightly better. The background beat is something that portrays the many talents of singer John McCrea. Very catchy and very memorable.
4. Short Skirt/Long Jacket - 5/5 - it may be ill-advised to label this track the CD's best, but it's indisputably close.
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Format: Audio CD
All things considered, Cake, the highly independent band of four albums to date, should be one of the highest ranked bands of all time. Cake is renowned to be the world's refreshing break from vast sell-outs, remixes, adrenaline and overall decreasing artist dignity for the past ten or more years, and their most recent album, Comfort Eagle, is no different -- as a matter of fact, it defines the band perfectly. Ranked by most fans as their most ingenious album yet, Cake is quickening it's once-slow ascent into the elite level - into the souls of modern music listeners who reject what is now often a sickening definition of "modern music." Between Slipknot's steadily decaying vocal chords and Blink 182's sound getting closer to the Backstreet Boys with every album, Cake, the "Goats" of recent music*, continue using their kooky instruments, continue using wry humor and intellect in their lyrics, and continue the once proud ideal that the best music comes from artists who don't change for anyone.
The messages that Cake incorporates into their songs are many and impressive. The title track is a mockery of a society where being a part of a collective growing "religion" that seems to have no ideals but a limitless line of products ("we are now accepting callers for these pendant key chains!") can make the member feel free, cushy and happy in a more "perfect" and united world, even while giving support to this growing corporate monster that squelches individual thought. The song is written with a heavy electric background and McCrea's whimsical "chants" in the foreground. The lyrics of this and other songs are the epitome of wit, cleverness and ironic articulation.
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