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Cake – Showroom of Compassion (2011)

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Cake – Showroom of Compassion (2011)

In their first album in more than 6 years, Cake bares no rust to shake off. From the opening track, “Federal Funding” – a satirical critique of government inefficiency – the familiarity of John McCrea’s deadpan voice relieves longtime Cake fans, while the echo that follows it is a welcomed new layer (pun intended).

With a healthy balance of traditional Cake-sounding (though some might label them “filler”) tracks like “Long Time,” “Got to move” and “Bound Away,” as well as fresh licks like “Mustache Man,” “Teenage Pregnancy” (first piano ever featured on a Cake track) and “Easy to Crash,” Cake’s first ever self-recorded and independently released album maintains the distinct flavor that’s had the quintet from Southern California evading genre-allocation for their nearly 20 year life.

RATING: 8.0 out of 10

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