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Comfort Eagle

CakeAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 24, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005MCW5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the Whole Family September 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this CD after both my husband and my 12-year-old daughter agreed that "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" was a pretty jammin' tune. Trust me, they never agree on anything--which makes listening to music in the car an adventure in family trauma.
Imagine my surprise when we found that "SS, LJ" was merely the tip of the iceberg: probably the most mainstream (dare I say, "derivative"?) track in the package. Cake is a clever, hip, musically-friendly group with a style that's indefinable. Mix elements of country, jazz, disco, funk, salsa . . . hey, that's a TRUMPET in the background!
"Opera Singer" was hilarious in its self-deprecating, deadpan delivery. If you haven't heard Cake, you can't understand why McCrea intoning "I am an opera singer" is so funny. Just trust me. I laughed. "Shadow Stabbing" has a lovely melodic line, striking lyrics, and a bouncy rhythm that has me pushing that back button on the CD player. "Symphony in C" and "Long Line of Cars" have a melancholy feel, some great guitar, and again . . . love the lyrics.
Special mention must be made of "Comfort Eagle." Wry, rhythmic, off-beat, and . . . yes, everybody in the car was screaming out "Dude!" right along with McCrea. That's everybody--from my 50ish husband, to my 9-year-old daughter who usually listens to nothing but bubblegum pop. "Do you believe in the one big song?" This just may be it.
I didn't know much about Cake when I bought this CD, but I'm going out to buy the whole catalog.
Cake rocks.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the best Cake mix available May 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although on the surface these songs might appear to possess that classically funny Cake allure, with their seemingly crazy titles, this just might be their most accomplished release yet. And smartest. Earlier smashes like "The Distance" and "Never There" seemed to carry the weight of their respective CDs, but on Comfort Eagle that doesn't quite hold true. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" was greatly received by almost everyone who heard it; and the `Orange County' soundtrack song "Shadow Stabbing" also seemed to help boost this album's sales. But unlike their previous albums, Comfort Eagle does not have a song that can be considered bad. It's very solid all the way through. And to be perfectly honest, some of the lesser-known tracks here are actually better than the singles. Here's an overview of the 11 songs:
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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True to the roots, more fun from Cake. July 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Comfort Eagle can be seen as a return to Cake's roots. Gone are the overly catchy melodies and radio singles of Fashion Nugget; Cake keeps the music dry but never sparse. Guitar is used again for rhythmic ideas that complement the varied and interesting bass lines. The melody is once again brought to us by John McCrea and his unique style of speeksing (you try to catagorize it =) and harmonized with the occasional trumpet or keyboard line.
I will compare this album to Motorcade even though it introduces more of the electronic drum machine and sound effects found lightly in Prolonging the Magic. Don't worry, the drum machine is used very carefully and is only really prominent on the first track. The songs are traditional Cake fare with the metaphorical lyrics and syncopated rhythms fans expect. Again the rhythm of the lyrics is more akin to the first release and less like the almost randomness found in Fashion Nugget.
The CD has 11 tracks that include one instrumental (6 - Arco Arena). The tracks are of a decent length though the total album seems short comapred to previous releases.
To Cake fans and those who love the first album I recommend this new release.
If you love Cake for their radio tunes I would listen to the sample tracks before purchase.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly strong and lovely disc October 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you know Cake only from their string of unorthodox, snarky spoken-wordish hit singles ("The Distance", "Never There," and this album's delightful "Short Skirt / Long Jacket"), you can be forgiven for considering them a one-trick pony. What surprised me upon first hearing this disc was how little that distinctively dry, sarcastic sound truly represented this band's work.

Turns out that, when he's not spitting out witty lyrics over the sound of Vince DiFiore's brassy trumpets, front man John McCrea has a truly impressive voice, full of arid yearning. He's equally capable of wistful romance ("World of Two") or sardonic menace (the title track, whose slyly apocalyptic overtones sound like a lost track off the "Fight Club" soundtrack.)

The second half of the album loses a little steam compared to the string of gems in the first half, but there's really not a bad song on the disc. The musical complexity and wit of "Opera Singer" and "Commissioning a Symphony In C" favorably recall the Beatles, "Shadow Stabbing" is a tasty slice of '80s pop nostalgia, "Pretty Pink Ribbon" intriguingly mixes venom and sympathy, and "Arco Arena" and "Long Line of Cars" are nicely ominous.

All in all, a very pleasant surprise from some highly underrated musicians.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cake is delicious, and so is Comfort Eagle
Comfort Eagle is a great song, one I've always loved. It was a treat to hear it on this album, which I bought for "Long Skirt, Short Jacket. Read more
Published 5 days ago by justonewoman'sopinion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Denise Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Cake's Best
The opera singer, the girl with the short skirt and the long jacket, the religion, the dude, the long line of cars. Once you've heard it, you never forget. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott Deindorfer
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird
The song Comfort Eagle is very strange but good. Cake is almost psychedelic and is hard to listen to at times.
Published 2 months ago by Person
5.0 out of 5 stars Love My Cake
They have yet to disappoint me, my only no skip band.Just can't wait until the next time I can listen!!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Cake
This music is good for the soul. I like listening in morning, noon, evening and over night. It's all good and purrfect.
Published 4 months ago by S. Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Great
Catchy, happy, fun, and lyrically fantastic. McCrea's ablility to sing in that deadpan voice and convey such emotion through the lyrics is really great.
Published 4 months ago by SuperPowers
4.0 out of 5 stars Let them eat ...
Cake is unlike any other band in the past 30 years. They blend funk, jazz, big band, and rock into a sound all they're own.
Published 4 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome cd
Purchased this an received it fast. This version also came with a downloadable version. It was a good bonus to an already great cd.
Published 4 months ago by SykoNeko
5.0 out of 5 stars killer album!
This album rocks! DiFiore's trumpet paired with rockin riffs and McCrea's uniquely sarcastic vocals makes for a killer sound this album
Published 5 months ago by Sam De La O
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