My beloved Cresta
Last week, while I was picking up the Shatner album, I was surprised to find that there was a new Cake CD as well. Man, there was a time when I would never have been surprised by the arrival of a new Cake record... back in the days of Fashion Nugget and Prolonging the Magic, I was such a Cake-head that I would have known about any new album weeks in advance.
But it's easy to stop following a band when they basically drop off the map for three years. And even earlier than that, the band's hold on me had grown tenuous. Their 2001 release, Comfort Eagle, didn't really do it for me. Replacing their drummer with a computer just didn't seem to be a great stylistic move for the band, and that "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" song annoyed the bejeezus out of me.
The new album is doing a good job of sweeping those unpleasant memories under the carpet. Which is odd, considering Pressure Chief features even more synthisizers and robo-drums than it's predecessor. But this time, they don't sound so out of place... in fact, they really add something interesting to the otherwise insanely-consistent-sounding Cake formula. The killer triple punch of the first three tracks is undeniable -- these are some of the best songs the band has ever recorded. The rest of the album isn't quite as good, and as a whole it seems a tad on the short side, but it has it's moments and those moments are usually pleasant. Cake, you've won me back. Hell, maybe it's even time to give Comfort Eagle another chance.