Showroom of Compassion It has been more than six years since the sardonic alt-rockers' last studio effort, but their sixth LP, Showroom of Compassion , makes it sound… Showroom of Compassion It has been more than six years since the sardonic alt-rockers' last studio effort, but their sixth LP, Showroom of Compassion , makes it sound… 2011-01-11 Cake Rock
Music Review

Showroom of Compassion (2011)

CAKE Showroom of Compassion
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CAKE Showroom of Compassion
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 11, 2011; Lead Performance: Cake; Genre: Rock

It has been more than six years since the sardonic alt-rockers' last studio effort, but their sixth LP, Showroom of Compassion, makes it sound like hardly any time has passed at all. Lead singer John McCrea unspools dry observations in his usual deadpan tone over the synth squiggles, campy brass fanfares, snappy guitar parts, and crisp backbeats that have always been his band’s signatures. The resulting confection tastes remarkably fresh, considering how few concessions it makes to contemporary trends. B+

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Originally posted Jan 05, 2011 Published in issue #1137 Jan 14, 2011 Order article reprints