Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cake - Showroom of Compassion (Upbeat Records)

When I heard that Cake were finally releasing a new album I got all excited and with tunes like "The Distance" and "Short Skirt Long Jacket" never going too far form my ipod, it can be safely said that I'm a fan.

It's been 6 years since the Californian hipsters released Pressure Chief and the first thing you'll notice is that it sounds like Cake. This band has a very distinct sound, bright bass, twangy guitars and John McCrea's immediately recognisable bass voice. Initially I was a little disappointed by this. After such a long wait I was expecting something... momentous.

After a few tracks had past however I began to settle. Cake really is a band's band. McMrea's great song writing and story telling, combined with strong hooks, great melodies and some very ambitious instrumentals make this an album that I will probably keep going back for over the next few weeks.

Highlights include "Italian Guy" and the single "Sick of You". Showroom of compassion was release on 11 Jan 2011.

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