Comfort Eagle
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Comfort Eagle

July 24, 2001

Song Title
Opera Singer
Meanwhile, Rick James...
Shadow Stabbing
Short Skirt/Long Jacket
Commissioning A Symphony In C
Arco Arena (Instrumental)
Comfort Eagle
Long Line Of Cars
Love You Madly
Pretty Pink Ribbon
World Of Two

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 24, 2001
  • Release Date: July 24, 2001
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 36:52
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  • ASIN: B00138J0P4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,508 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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41 of 41 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness.
I didn't know this album existed.
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I purchased three Cake cd's for my wife's birthday and Comfort Eagle was one of them.I've owned Fashion Nugget for a while now and really like that cd. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already.

If you like Cake - this belongs in your collection. Read more
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