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Comfort Eagle
     

Comfort Eagle

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by Cake
 

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The smirks are still there, as are the deft melodies that refuse to adhere to a steady course. But seven years on, there's something more mature, more multidimensional about these Sacramento alt-rockers. Most of that evolution can be traced to the writing of leader John McCrea, whose worldview, while still warped, has broadened to the point where he can slip into the

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The smirks are still there, as are the deft melodies that refuse to adhere to a steady course. But seven years on, there's something more mature, more multidimensional about these Sacramento alt-rockers. Most of that evolution can be traced to the writing of leader John McCrea, whose worldview, while still warped, has broadened to the point where he can slip into the skin of a country music lifer (as on the title track) or, well, an "Opera Singer." Sometimes McCrea's efforts to channel musical history are a bit dodgy -- as on "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," a snidely observational ditty that lifts its melodic chug directly from the Lou Reed songbook. But when he's not trying quite as hard to get every last detail in place, the results can be magical, as borne out by the zigzagging "Long Line of Cars" and the shyly beckoning "Pretty Pink Ribbon." As ever, McCrea's ponderings turn to his own existence -- which, judging by the tenor of "Arco Arena" and "Commissioning a Symphony in C" -- still isn't the happiest. But his deadpan delivery pushes the needle away from self-pity and toward self-effacement, a tone that's underscored by the shuffling beats and the alternately mocking and sighing trumpet of Vincent DeFiore. Sweet? Yes -- but, don't be surprised to find a file hidden inside each slice of Cake.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Vanderhoff
While so many rock bands try to reinvent themselves with every new album, Cake has made a name for itself by sticking to its brand of smirking funk-pop. Blending jazz, rockabilly, experimental rock, and a little less country than usual, Comfort Eagle, the band's first album since leaving Capricorn Records for Columbia, carries on the Cake tradition of offbeat humor and catchy melodies. While some fans may be waiting for its sound to evolve, singer/songwriter John McCrea and company seem content to reign over their quirky little corner of the popular music landscape. "Opera Singer" and the first single, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," follow in the footsteps of Cake's previous hits, but are no less enjoyable because of it. "Shadow Stabbing" is one of the most straightforward rock songs the band has ever recorded, with McCrea forgoing his usual half-spoken vocals for an almost irony-free delivery. While it is still unmistakably Cake, it would sound right at home on a Cars album. The rest of the album is by the numbers Cake, which is comforting and slightly disappointing at the same time. The group has certainly perfected its sound, and one can understand why it would be hesitant to turn its back on its extremely distinctive style, but with Comfort Eagle Cake comes dangerously close to simply remaking its previous release, Prolonging the Magic. While new fans might enjoy Comfort Eagle on its own merits, Cake followers may feel as though they've bought the same album twice. However, both albums are strong enough that they probably won't mind.
Rolling Stone
The best songs, particularly "Long Line of Cars" and "Pretty Pink Ribbon," exhibit a modern pop that is both mechanized and organic.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646213223
catalogNumber:
62132
Rank:
11882

Tracks

  1. Opera Singer
  2. Meanwhile, Rick James...
  3. Shadow Stabbing
  4. Short Skirt/Long Jacket
  5. Commissioning a Symphony in C
  6. Arco Arena
  7. Comfort Eagle
  8. Long Line of Cars
  9. Love You Madly
  10. Pretty Pink Ribbon
  11. World of Two

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cake   Primary Artist
Xan McCurdy   Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Vince Di Fiore   Trumpet,Keyboards,Background Vocals
John McCrea   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Todd Roper   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Cake   Producer
John McCrea   drum programming

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Comfort Eagle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Real Player snippets of the songs don't do them justice. Buy this album and you won't regret it. My favorite is Shadow Stabbing: not only are the lyrics great, but it is one of the few songs where McCrea's singing talents are showcased.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cake, is nonetheless a unique and original band. Their mixture of rock, alternative, funk, and country has made them a great band to listen to if you are open minded. ''Comfort Eagle'' is a great song, with a catchy tune and unique, sarcastic lyrics that relax me. The whole album has a bunch of good songs on them. ''Long Line Of Cars'' is an other catchy tune that you will be singing in your head for a long time. I recommend this to all the Cake fans out there and to all who want to listen to some unique and original music. Cake Rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like it a lot, but the last 2 seem a lilttle bit better...not by much though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first about buying this CD. I don't have a lot of money and there are a lot of CD's that have still not been relased, so I'm trying to save money. But I bought this Cd anyway, and I am pleasently surprised by how good this CD is. Great trumpet work, catchy bass lines, basically everything you look for in a good CD. Now excuse me while I buy Fashion Nugget.........
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happened to the anger we saw in Fashion Nugget? What happened to the impeccable wackiness in Fashion Nugget? On this CD, the wackiness is subdued in favor of songs like ''Commissioning a Symphony in C.'' While I really liked the CD, I missed out on the wacky humor and stuff I'm used to by these guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing the Lou Reed ripoff in ''Shortskirt..'' I thought for sure this album was the beginning of the end for Cake. However, I was happliy surprised by the song line up and found the entire album to be even more catchy (without being too pop) than their 3 previous outings. McCrae has grown as a writer, and and you can hear that in the lyrics. I think Cake continues to get better with experience, and this album just might be the one to put them on the map.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new Cake album rocks...I love every song. While I think the first two albums are amazing, they just seem to get better and better and better...Pretty Pink Ribbon is a great song, and Opera Singer just makes me groove.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't care what the critics say. John McCrea's views on the world are not warped at all. His songs reflect an intelligent man who sings about emotions and problems that we all go through. Cake is the most ''REAL'' band around and you'll be sorry you missed them if you aren't a fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The long wait for a new Cake album was definately worth it. There are some really great songs on this album. Cake has a sound like no other band. I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
nothing will ever come close to touching the original sounds of Cake...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great album from the boys, vintage Cake. They are one of a kind. The more you listen, the more you'll like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cake is one of those rare artists who make records that shine from the opening note to the last sigh. Just like their previous releases, Comfort Eagle is just plain good catchy music from start to finish. If you're new to Cake, try any of their four releases. I promise that you will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cake is almost all I listen to. I have all the CDs and there is always one in the player. I even have my sons hooked! Can't wait for another release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Comfort Eagle is definately the best album I've heard this year. It's one of the only albums in recent memory that is solid throughout the entire CD. Anyone buying it for ''Short Skirt, Long Jacket'' will find that and more good songs on this album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good CD, not your typical listening music, which is why I had to seek them out via-internet.com. My itch was scratched, win,win for all!
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