November 05, 2004

Cake "Pressure Chief"

Cake defined their sound about ten years ago and have been fine-tuning it ever since. It’s hard to describe what that sound is…picture Blood, Sweat and Tears and Dr. Dre collaborating in the year 1992, and you’ll have something in the right ballpark. Upon first hearing them, I honestly didn’t think they would last, yet I secretly hoped they would. Thankfully, my prayers were answered, and Cake wound up having a successful musical career. Pressure Chief is the latest addition to their resume. While it’s not much of a departure from anything they’ve done in the past, the stuff is good. They have a knack for both making light of society via catchy hooks on songs as “No Phone” and “End of the Movie”. I like that a lot. However, with the exception of a couple songs, this album is a rather melancholy one for Cake. Gone are the fun numbers which riddled their previous releases, like “Going the Distance”, and “Sheep go to Heaven”, and present are slow ones like “Dime” and “Take it all Away”. Who would have thought that Cake could put out an album you could drink yourself to sleep to?
(I’ve always believed their album Prolonging the Magic, is one of the best break-up records of the 1990s—ed.)

--Kyle Sowash

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