• Band Name: Cake
  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Oct 5, 2004
Metascore
52

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
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. [Anonymous]
    Aug 6, 2006
    0
    What happened!?!? I can't believe this travesty was made by Cake!
  2. AlbertoM
    Nov 25, 2005
    8
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. LexingtonK
    Dec 8, 2004
    4
    The CD certainly maintains the Cake sound, but is a drop in quality. The music's competent and upbeat, but wasn't quite compelling. The CD certainly maintains the Cake sound, but is a drop in quality. The music's competent and upbeat, but wasn't quite compelling. The lyrics have fallen a lot more compared to previous albums. Most notably, "too much carbon monoxide" is horrible. The CD does have it's moments though. Full Review »