• Band Name: Cake
  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Oct 5, 2004

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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.
  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. Smart, subtly subversive, and always catchy - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  4. Pressure Chief won't change your mind on the band, although I will call it their weakest effort simply because there's no memorable single like "The Distance," "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," or even "Never There."
  5. 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.
  6. 40
    The hipster thrills are fading. [Oct 2004, p.116]
  7. Only a handful of tracks -- including "No Phone" and the surprisingly sweet "She'll Hang the Baskets" -- push pleasure buttons like they ought to.
  8. 20
    The perkiness and quirkiness are paper-thin. [Dec 2004, p.112]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Sep 30, 2010
    I can't believe this album doesn't get better ratings. Dime? Wheels? Guitar Man? Carbon Monoxide? ... some of their best work, and overall a much better and much more clever album than Comfort Eagle. While Pressure Chief probably isn't my favorite CAKE album (that would be either Prolonging the Magic or Fashion Nugget), it certainly isn't far from the top. Full Review »