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CAKE's first album of new material since 2004's gold-selling Pressure Chief. The band will release Showroom Of Compassion, their 6th studio album, January 11, 2011. The album was recorded over the last two & a half years and was produced and engineered by the band themselves at CAKE's own solar electric powered studio in Sacramento, CA.

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"We heard this hip little fuzzed-out tune on the radio, and we were, like, who's this cool new band? Maybe something called Bear Antler? Then we realized it was CAKE." --Rolling Stone Magazine

"Showroom of Compassion finds the group at its most musically accomplished and quirkily ambitious, covering more ground on one album than most band do in an entire career." --Billboard magazine

"Lead singer John McCrea unspools dry observations in his usual deadpan tone over the synth squiggles, campy brass fanfares, snappy guitar parts, and crisp backbeats that have always been his band s signatures. The resulting confection tastes remarkably fresh..." --Entertainment Weekly


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  2. Long Time 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  4. What's Now Is Now 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Upbeat Records/ILG
  • ASIN: B0049JPU9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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158 of 184 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on January 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
These reviews here are far too gracious or far too negative. Cake's "Showroom Of Compassion" is neither here nor there. This could have been released in 2005, shortly after "Pressure Chief", or it could have been released in 1993, or it could have been released now. It's not their worst album, and not their best. I'd even go so far as to say it's not their most inspired or original work either.

"Showroom Of Compassion" has standard classic Cake sounding fare like "Long Time", "Mustache Man (Wasted)" and "Sick Of You" that easily conjure up memories of former glories "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" and "Never There". Then there's some ballads like the Frank Sinatra cover "What's Now Is Now", the instrumental "Teenage Pregnancy", the country waltz "Bound Away", the Christmas-belled "The Winter" and the wry observational album closer "Italian Guy" plus the catchy "Got To Move".

And then there's two songs that seem like true blue filler: "Federal Funding" and the worst track on the album "Easy To Crash". These two songs do not really fit with the rest of the album, though "Federal Funding" grew on me the more I listened to the album.

So, what's really, truly interesting here is that, according to Billboard, this is Cake's first number one album. Time for celebration, right? Well, it's also the first number one album to sell the lowest number of units to obtain number one status! Time to celebrate, right? Hmmmm. I wonder how the band feels about this? Are they partying it up in their solar powered studio? It's kind of like running a marathon and you are the only contestant in the race. Of course you're going to earn first place. Only 42,000 units moved in its first week of release, the lowest amount ever for a number one album. After 7 years away, no less.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on January 13, 2011
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"Showroom of Compassion" is Cake's sixth studio album and their first since 2004's "Pressure Chief." Although lead singer John McCre claims to have "wasted so much time" on the track "Mustache Man (Wasted)," Cake does not seem to have lost a bit of their dry humor or catchy, upbeat grooves.

The first track on the record, "Federal Funding," may catch some longtime fans off guard.

Cake's typical clean guitar tone is replaced with a rather fuzzed out, echo-laden sound while McCre's vocals are also run through a similar set of effects. The trumpets are still present, but not nearly as prominent or upbeat. As a whole, the track sounds more like a Velvet Underground single than a Cake tune.

While the lack of polish is certainly not a bad thing, fans of the first five Cake records may find "Federal Funding" somewhat hard to digest. Never fear, although these effects do make return appearances further along on the album, there is plenty of classic Cake to enjoy as well.

It doesn't take long for Cake to settle back into a familiar form. "Federal Funding" is followed with "Long Time" which should be more than enough to put the ears and minds of Cake fans at ease; all of the ingredients are there.

A solid, mid-tempo drum groove paves the way for a cleaner guitar tone, dry vocals, bright trumpets, and even some call and response stylized harmonies.

Like all good Cake singles, "Long Time" also introduces their latest catchy groove with a hit on the vibraslap. Yes, that instrument that sounds like a rattlesnake heard on such classic Cake tunes as "Never There," "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," and "Comfort Eagle" is back for another set of quality Cake singles.
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mac on January 11, 2011
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Cake is still at it. They keep the same instrumentation with a few modifications including acoustic piano and some voice modulation. Distorted signature guitar sound, trumpeting and digital keys while gallery shouts and calls circulate over vibra-slap infused grooves.

Fans will continue to nod their heads with songs like Sick of You and Mustache Man (Wasted). Instrumental Teenage Pregnancy is one of the most emotional instrumentals the band has written (see Arco Arena).

The album rounds out with riffy Easy to Crash, country waltz Bound Away (see Sad Songs and Waltzes), The Winter, a stark melodic, building, baladesque jam and the humorous Italian Guy, which just seems like John McRae was sitting there on the street corner watching this guy doing what he is singing about.

Overall a good album. The average listener will take a few times to get through. A fan will sink their teeth into it right away. Welcome back from your 6 year album release break. We have been waiting patiently and are pleased with the results.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. W. on November 12, 2011
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The packaging and cute little colored records look great. Unfortunately, style superseded substance here. The transparent record which is supposed to contain "Huge Misunderstanding" (and is labeled as such) actually plays "Federal Funding March," which is also (correctly) on the yellow record. While you might not miss this little bonus track, I have to add that the sound quality, on this particular clear record is also especially bad, though I'm not sure any of the records sounded as high quality as the dusty old mistreated 5th Dimension record I dug up at a garage sale for a quarter this morning. I'm no vinyl connoisseur; my record player is just a new toy for me, but these records strike me as something of a toy as well. Only two or three of the records had paper sleeves. I considered sending them back due to the flaws, but...they ARE an awfully cute toy. Great album, great aesthetic, poor quality control.
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