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Classic Album Review: Cake | Comfort Eagle

The quirky rockers' fourth album makes you wonder why they aren't bigger.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


If a novelty act like The Presidents of the United States of America can have hit singles and even Ween can sustain a decent career, there’s no reason why Sacramento quirk-pop outfit Cake shouldn’t be bigger than they are.

These gifted nerd-rockers are writing the same sort of tunes — ditties with sardonic lyrics, set against ironically catchy backdrops of spazzed-out pop-rock and fizzy folk-hop. This fourth album has another 11 decent examples of smirk-inducing fare like the Beck-meets-Velvet Underground funk-rock of Short Skirt/Long Jacket, the art-rock sarcasm of Arco Arena, the druggy Arabian dude-rock of the title cut and the Weezer-ish pop crunch flanger-rock of Pretty Pink Ribbon. With Comfort Eagle, you can for once have your Cake and enjoy it too.