Cake has always been a great band to shuffle across; they prefectly cut a deck of songs. After catching them perform their newest music at the House of Blues in Chicago last month I knew I was going to enjoy their newest studio album, Showroom of Compassion.
For their sixth effort, John Mcrea and the other members of the band took their time and produced the album themselves, making it definitely worthy of the “indie” stamp. The recording process took nearly two and a half years, and involved constant revision, resulting in a well-thought-out piece, injected with authentic energy.
It’s no doubt that a song with a name “Moustache Man (Wasted)” is awesome. “Easy to Crash” is full out rock anthem, and the single “Sick of You” is a great new addition to their canon of live material. They touch on several elements of different genres; for example, “Bound Away,” is a wordly western tune that tells the tale of a weary travelin’ band on the road.
This patient, veteran incarnation of Cake has learned a thing or two from their years on the road, adding elements of reverb, looping dance beats, and tinges of a funky tight jazz band. Adding piano to their repertoire also showcased a new mood of their music, and the in-house production seemed to inject a rawer sound that came off as truer to their initial vision.
After the show last month, I noted that this is a band that’s never released a bad album; with Showroom of Compassion, Cake manage to keep this streak alive for 19 years.