CAKE, b-sides and rarities

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

It's just like Cake to eschew the typical compilation route, instead opting for a collection of "b-sides of rarities." The group has consistently gone against the grain of popular opinion and won each and every time throughout their career. Here, the group tackles a number of covers that would seem to be impossible for one band to perform (Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up," Buck Owens '"Excuse Me, I Think I've Got a Heartache," Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night"?!?!?) and pull them off without a hitch. It's a testament to their versatility — and their resilience in the face of trends that have come and gone many times over — that Cake is still standing. And excelling.