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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The twisted cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" is a statement of intent, while the cool jazz riffs from the band's trumpet player are part of what makes tracks like "Daria," "It's Coming Down," and "Frank Sinatra" s... more »
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The twisted cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" is a statement of intent, while the cool jazz riffs from the band's trumpet player are part of what makes tracks like "Daria," "It's Coming Down," and "Frank Sinatra" so original. "The Distance" is a funked-up jam with a Chili Peppers chorus. --Jeff Bateman
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Kyle D. (kdenny01) from BRIGHTON, CO
Reviewed on 4/13/2010...
From beginning to end, Cake lyrically leads the listener to an experience no often found on most records. I got pumped up during some songs, rocked out to others, put my hands in the air and yelled 'f-you' on other.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jeff H. from FAYETTE, OH
Reviewed on 2/12/2009...
Fashion Nugget was the first Cake CD I'd bought. From the time I'd listened to it, they had me hooked. I love all of Cake's music...The horn section and their qwerky lyrics...Great stuff.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
12 great tunes, 2 DOAs.
J. T. Nite | Mesa, AZ USA | 12/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What other band could do covers of a disco hit, a country ballad, and a spanish mambo and nail them all? Cake's unique musical sensibility sustains even their strangest experimentations. The original tunes on this album are even better than the covers -- Italian Leather Sofa skewers Yuppie happiness, Nugget's catchy, f-word-laden chorus is guaranteed to get you in trouble, and songs like It's Coming Down and She'll Come Back to Me have a depth of feeling unheard of in most pop music. Fans of They Might Be Giants and REM will appreciate Cake's deadpan delivery and complex, obtuse lyrics. Fans of Wilco and the like will like the little bit of alt-country flavor (thankfully, just a taste). Ska aficionados will love the horns and great beats, and fans of Bush and Silverchair -- well, should probably see if they can get a "taste in music" implant. The only two songs that you'll find yourself skipping are "Race Car Ya-yas" and "Stick Shifts and Safety Belts," which stretch Cake's strengths until they become liabilities. All in all, however, 12 solidly great songs make a fine CD in anyone's book."
A Fun Album to Play...Again and Again
B. Merritt | WWW.FILMREVIEWSTEW.COM, Pacific Grove, California | 03/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cake became popular on the university circuit several years ago, but I'd personally never purchased any of their albums prior to this one. But after hearing several sections of this new album being played on NPR while John McCrea (Cake's lead singer) got interviewed, I went out and bought this CD. I felt compelled to hear out the remainder of the songs, and wasn't satisfied with just the few stanzas that were allowed on the radio program/interview. I was particularly drawn to Cake's remake of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". This was a song that my mother loved and I found it refreshing to hear it played at a more modern level.
Many might call Cake's music new-wave or some form of pop, but to me it sounds like a blending of 50's instrumentation with modern lyrics and a low-down beat, similar to a blues melody.
My favorites are the aforementioned "I Will Survive", "Frank Sinatra" and "Race Car Ya-Yas".
There are some definite "explicit lyrics", including a few added to Gaynor's classic (Mom! Close your ears!), but this didn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the songs.
A cool album. Now I've gotta go out and buy a few of their older one's."