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.
By Yancey Strickler on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Released into the modern-rock wilderness of Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Nirvana in 1994, Motorcade of Generosity was an amazingly ill-timed record, a light, loose and flirtatious collection of tough-to-classify songs...
By Karen Schoemer on 12.08.10 in Reviews
If the members of Cake took an oath against irony, recorded an album of Von Trapp Family favorites and brought baskets of puppies and kittens onstage, would the world finally accept their sincerity? Showroom of Compassio...
By Neal Pollack on 10.01.04 in Spotlights
A few months ago, somewhere between the I-35 North on-ramp and Texas State Highway 183, an important thing happened: I introduced my two-year-old son to jazz. Elijah had been particularly fussy after his nap, and the usu...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.