Showroom of Compassion

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Uncut
    Jan 13, 2012
    60
    There is, as usual, a lot of brass on cake's sixth album, a flourish that seem idiosyncratic 20 years ago but now leaves them sounding a little stale. [Feb 2012, p.83]
  2. May 9, 2011
    60
    Following a seven year gap between studio albums, Sacramento's CAKE is back with the compelling, yet inconsistent Showroom of Compassion.
  3. Jan 26, 2011
    60
    They've not lost their ability to craft subtly alluring, idiosyncratic songs in that time.
  4. 60
    The harder they aim for radio, the more rewarding the result. Beneath the irony and compact cool, Cake is still a great little pop band.
  5. Jan 11, 2011
    60
    Cake graduated from the same Nineties class of alt-rock oddballs that produced Beck and Weezer.
  6. 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.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 20, 2011
    7
    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 aI 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 Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2011
    9
    Cake shows signs of maturity on their long awaited follow up to 2004's Pressure Chief. Although the single "Sick of You" is reminiscent ofCake 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. Full Review »
  3. Jan 22, 2011
    6
    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,
    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.
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