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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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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.
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.
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")
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The ever strange Cake deliver an album of very well done songs but listining to the entire album gets boring. Pop it in listen to the songs individualy over a few days. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Peter M.
I've always loved Cake's special outlook on the world. It's here again on this album. "Pretty Pink Ribbon" is a good example of this - great take on girls, kind of... Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Corvo
even if you are a hardcore KORN or 311 fan youll get a strange joy out of this album (god knows some of my friends did! Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Willem Winterbottom
I enjoy all the previous Cake CDs - however I always felt half the tracks were fillers - although the solid tracks made up for this. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004
I love my Cake. I am a 37 year old mom who has a few Black Flag and Husker Du and Jesus & Mary Chain albums stuck back in the closet but I've turned around(somewhat). Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2003
Cake has gotta be one of the best bands of all time. This CD rocks. You can listen to it over and over again and never be bored with it. It has such a unique sound. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by J. Tan
I own all of Cake's CD's and I love every one of them in varying degrees.
This one is my favorite.
A previous reviewer perceptively described this album as a collection of average songs done very well. This is an extremely accurate observation. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003 by Neil Jenkins