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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
On the cover of this quirky singer-songwriter's long-awaited third album, the "and" in the title is underscored, perhaps to emphasize just how much sweetness lurks within. But much as she did with mid-'90s hits like "Stay," Loeb makes every spoonful of sugar so enticing that you don't feel remotely guilty gorging yourself. As ever, she's at her best when tackling the ins and outs of romance from a slightly loopy, thoroughly whip-smart perspective, as in the adolescent recollection "Underdog" or the endearing "Kickstart" wherein she and a beau bond over getting the new home entertainment system hooked up. While not quite as minimalist as her earlier albums, Cake and Pie...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
On the cover of this quirky singer-songwriter's long-awaited third album, the "and" in the title is underscored, perhaps to emphasize just how much sweetness lurks within. But much as she did with mid-'90s hits like "Stay," Loeb makes every spoonful of sugar so enticing that you don't feel remotely guilty gorging yourself. As ever, she's at her best when tackling the ins and outs of romance from a slightly loopy, thoroughly whip-smart perspective, as in the adolescent recollection "Underdog" or the endearing "Kickstart" wherein she and a beau bond over getting the new home entertainment system hooked up. While not quite as minimalist as her earlier albums, Cake and Pie doesn't come outfitted with too many bells and whistles: A variety of collaborators, including Loeb's significant other, Dweezil Zappa, offer fairly soft counterpoint to her crisp, flirty singing voice. Loeb can get a bit lost in her tales from time to time, but over the course of the album, she invariably pulls out an irresistible sing-along like the finger-popping kiss-off tune "Someone You Should Know" at exactly the right time. A guaranteed sugar high -- and you won't gain a single ounce!
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There was a gap of about five years between Loeb's second and third albums, which is enough time for some sort of significant growth or stylistic alternation to have taken place. There's not much of such things on Cake & Pie, however. Loeb remains an above-average major-label singer/songwriter, given to pensive self-reflection that doesn't quite cross the line into self-absorption. The emphasis is on intense examination of the motives that drive, maintain, and sometimes erode relationships, passionate without boiling into a rage. Perhaps she should get a little more uncoiled once in a while, though, as the hardest-rocking numbers here, like "Payback" and "Too Fast Driving," deviate enough from her established brainy-yet-emotional persona to command a little more attention than usual. On the more expected acoustic-colored numbers, "She's Falling Apart" is, again, a standout in that it strips down the production to enough basics that the arrangement has an unguarded edginess on par with the wary uncertainty of the lyrics. Otherwise the melodies and playing tend too much toward average modern rock, albeit with more heart and intellect than most. As a singer, she remains pleasant and confident, but not so unique or fiery that she burns into the synapses as well as the best storytelling songwriters do.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 606949324223
  • Catalog Number: 493242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Way It Really Is (3:58)
  2. 2 Bring Me Up (3:29)
  3. 3 Underdog (3:01)
  4. 4 Everyday (4:01)
  5. 5 Someone You Should Know (3:22)
  6. 6 Drops Me Down (3:00)
  7. 7 We Could Still Belong Together (3:00)
  8. 8 Kick Start (2:47)
  9. 9 You Don't Know Me (3:50)
  10. 10 Payback (4:42)
  11. 11 Too Fast Driving (3:08)
  12. 12 She's Falling Apart (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lisa Loeb Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Electric), Vocal Harmony
Dweezil Zappa Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Fuzz Bass
Bruce Dukov Violin
Gary Burr Acoustic Guitar
Murray Adler Violin
Rusty Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Jonatha Brooke Background Vocals
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Larry Corbett Cello
Jim Cox Keyboards
Ronny Crawford Percussion, Drums
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Steve Forman Percussion
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Endre Granat Violin
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Derek Holt Background Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Drums
David Low Cello
Simon Oswell Viola
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Randy Scruggs Electric Guitar
Joe Travers Percussion, Drums
Cecilia Tsan Cello
John Scanlon Viola
Michael Sherwood Wurlitzer, Piano (Grand)
Joe Quigley Bass
Mark Spencer Guitar
Leland Sklar Bass
Dave Bassett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Natalie Leggett Violin
Timothy Landauer Cello
Sara Parkins Violin
Ben Loeb Conductor
Dan Coleman Conductor
Eric Gaenslen Cello
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Dweezil Zappa Producer, Engineer
Peter Collins Producer
Gary Burr Engineer, Percussion Programming
Lisa Loeb Producer, Art Direction
Steve Deutsch Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Ron Fair Executive Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Randy Scruggs Producer
Joe Travers Drum Fills
Brian Vibberts Engineer
Bill Merryfield Art Direction
Michael C. Ross Engineer
Jerry Schwartz Prop Stylist
Dan Coleman String Arrangements
David Boucher Engineer
Cory Churko Digital Editing
Lindy Robbins Vocal Arrangements
Tal Herzberg Digital Editing
Martin Beal Engineer
Nicole Frantz Art Direction
Bill Hughes String Contractor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    overlooked third album, get it before it goes out of stock!

    this is lisa loeb's third record, but it was quickly eclipsed when she left A&R records, signed with Artemis and released "Hello Lisa," which is basically this album minus a few songs and with a few added ones. that's a shame because in my opinion, this is is one of her best records. some of the best songs include "someone you should know," which has an awesome music video "look it up on youtube", "bring me up," and "the way it really is." she hits on some heavy subjects on this album, such as on the closer track, "she's falling apart," about a girl with an eating disorder. this is a wonderful album by a great artist, get it before it goes out of stock and becomes a rarity!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Between "Not so good" and "All right"

    "The way is really is," and "The underdog" are really good songs. Then there were two other songs that were all right. The rest I didn't care for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Get Back Whatever You Put In.

    Thats why I've always loved Lisa Loeb. For Romantics, you'll find that listening to her music is like taking an anti-biotic for your soul. She hits the nail on the head everytime. Just listening to ''Way it really is'' reminds me of myself, the words in the chorus eerily similiar to things I've said to my own girlfriend. At first, I considerd this album to be somewhere between Firecracker and Tails, but after my 5th or so listen, I finally unraveled the meanings of each tune, and I must say, this is by far her best work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lisa Loeb does it again!!

    I'm always worried when I buy a long awaited new relese from a musician I enjoy. Too often I find that the result is a bland re-hash of previous releases that try to mimic an earlier hit without adding anything origional. I'm happy to say that this is NOT the case with Lisa's new album ''Cake and Pie''. The entire album is enjoyable on the first listening, and only gets better the more you hear it. The songs are catchy, intelligently written, and easy to get stuck in your head. I strongly reccomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth the wait

    Lisa's long awaited follow-up to Firecracker is amazing! Her new album follow in the classic Lisa style with a few updates. The songs are vibrant and with her voice pull you in. This is one of her best albums yet! This is one album not too miss!

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