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  • Summary: The Northern California band's fifth album in ten years includes a cover of Bread's "Guitar Man."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Smart, subtly subversive, and always catchy - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  2. 'Pressure Chief' sees the California quartet merge their trademark post modern kitsch with something vaguely approaching proper singing and the results are, by and large, pretty favourable.
  3. While traditional rock fans may have a difficult time swallowing Cake’s meticulously produced, pop-obsessed, genre-bending concoction, fans of Moby, Beck and The Flaming Lips might make for easy converts.
  4. Although Pressure Chief isn't a bad album, several of its songs come off like b-side compliation fodder rather than a batch of fresh material.
  5. 40
    The hipster thrills are fading. [Oct 2004, p.116]
  6. Only a handful of tracks -- including "No Phone" and the surprisingly sweet "She'll Hang the Baskets" -- push pleasure buttons like they ought to.
  7. 20
    The perkiness and quirkiness are paper-thin. [Dec 2004, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. BrandonR
    May 2, 2005
    Cake's done it again, and it's no surprise. These guys don't mess around; McCrea is one of the best pure songwriters today, gathering inspiration from numerous musical genres past and present while translating them into something unmistakeably "Cake," and the instrumentation/layering simply cannot be beat. Critics who write Cake off as a novelty have forsaken the pure joy of music. Interestingly, and although still stellar, "No Phone" is probably the second weakest track. Expand
  2. essronx
    Nov 29, 2004
    best cake record ever. i think its a totally new direction for them. subtlty which will suprise you for weeks on end. lunacy in the details. listen carefully. Expand
  3. KenN
    Feb 10, 2005
    Best new music I've heard in many years, unfortunately, it's the first Cake album I've heard as well, but I can fix that.
  4. JoeB
    Oct 24, 2004
    Obviously no one here has a good ear for a decent soundtrack.
  5. leee
    Oct 28, 2004
    The only thing wrong with this cd is its length--it's too short! But other than that it'great. Once again they have managed to create music that is at the same time new and different, and old and familiar. I love how every cd has a different sound, but still is very much Cake. That's what makes a great band. The only other bands I can think of that have managed to pull it off are Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. Expand
  6. AlbertoM
    Nov 25, 2005
    At last!, I thought they were dead creatively. Soberb album and change of course that brings them back on top of the indie scene, with their peculiar sound. More basses, more melody, more rhythm...more unique sound, pure Cake not seen since I will Survive to me. Sublime, record of the year in its genre. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Aug 6, 2006
    What happened!?!? I can't believe this travesty was made by Cake!

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