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  • Summary: After a seven-year hiatus, the Sacramento band's long-awaited album mixes alt-country sounds of steel guitars with their trademark bass-and-horn combination to create their sixth playful pop/rock record.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 11, 2011
    Fans of the band's old stuff should find plenty to love, even though it all feels pretty familiar.
  2. Jan 10, 2012
    Seventeen years on,... Cake have lost none of their bite. [Feb. 2012 p. 101]
  3. Jan 14, 2011
    Retaking the reins and returning to their indie roots, Cake delivers after the lengthy hiatus. New, old, different or not, Cake fans will have plenty to appreciate.
  4. Jan 10, 2011
    There's more than just the Cake sound here, however, with forays into Beatles-esque day-tripping and mariachi-style border-jumping broadening the sonic scope and serving as a testament to how the band has stayed viable, one-trick pony misnomer to the contrary.
  5. Jan 11, 2011
    2011's Showroom Of Compassion, still finds John McCrea writing like he's tossing off random thoughts as he struggles not to be overwhelmed by the voices in his head, and singing as if he's waiting for that grilled cheese sandwich he ordered to finally show up.
  6. May 9, 2011
    Following a seven year gap between studio albums, Sacramento's CAKE is back with the compelling, yet inconsistent Showroom of Compassion.
  7. 50
    Production value has upped the ante sonically, and while there are those who might scoff at such a thing because lo-fi makes you cooler, Showroom Of Compassion does not shoot you in the eardrum with loudness battling, or undue sound effects and segues.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 30, 2011
    Cake shows signs of maturity on their long awaited follow up to 2004's Pressure Chief. Although the single "Sick of You" is reminiscent of Cake's biggest hits, songs like Mustache Man (wasted) and Bound Away show that this band is maturing and moving in all the right directions. If you haven't seen Cake live. You're missing a great show. Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    I liked this album. More than most Cake albums. Great sound and production values. Nice flow to the album and saw them on this tour and was a great show. I would suggest this show to any Cake fan. Solid 7 Expand
  3. Jan 22, 2011
    I like cake. Cake is good. Cake cake cake. Yum yum yum.

    Cake is smooth and easy especially when you don't listen very hard. When you do,
    however, you discover its not as good as when you were only passively listening. Expand