Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Comfort Eagle" (CD)

Released in 2001, this album is definitely old news, but its Cake's unorthodoxly cool plaid-clad fedora-wearing hipster ethos that seems to keep this album near the top of my stack.

I first encountered Cake after hearing "The Distance" from their 1996 album "Fashion Nugget." It made the rounds in my college dormitory and was a favorite.

The off-the-wall kindasorta Ska vibe that Cake channeled was already passing by the time "Comfort Eagle" came out, but that didn't seem to phase Cake at all who knew that when you have a good thing, you don't mess with it.

Chunky bass lines congeal with drum hooks to create the bedroom for everything from lyrics about opera singers, Rick James and brass riffs.  Always a ton of fun; I hope it always feels this ageless.

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