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Cake — Pressure Chief (2004)

 Cake — Pressure Chief (2004)

Cake — Pressure Chief
Formed: 1992 in Sacramento, CA
Location: Sacramento, California
Album release: October 5, 2004
Record Label: Columbia
Duration:     36:16
Tracks:
01. Wheels     (3:18)
02. No Phone     (3:52)
03. Take It All Away     (3:58)
04. Dime     (3:38)
05. Carbon Monoxide     (3:10)
06. The Guitar Man     (3:53)
07. Waiting     (3:56)
08. She'll Hang The Baskets     (2:42)
09. End Of The Movie     (1:50)
10. Palm Of Your Hand     (2:57)
11. Tougher Than It Is     (3:00)
Japan bonus tracks: 
12. "Carbon Monoxide (Karaoke Version)"     3:10
13. "No Phone (Karaoke Version)"     3:10
14. "Wheels (Karaoke Version)"     3:17
15. "Take It All Away (Karaoke Version)"     3:57
Writers:
Song 01: McCrea, Carlos Forster
Song 02: McCrea, Xan McCurdy
Song 03: McCrea, Garth Klippert, Forster
Song 06: David Gates
Song 07: McCrea, Vince DiFiore
Song 11: McCrea, Gabriel Nelson
All other songs written and composed by John McCrea, unless otherwise noted.
CREDITS:
Personnel:
John McCrea — Guitar (Acoustic), Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Cover Design
Xan McCurdy — Guitar (Ac.), Bass, drums, Guitar (El.), Keyboards, Vocals (backgr.)
Gabe Nelson — Guitar (Ac.), Bass, Drums, Guitar (El.), Keyboards, Vocals (backgr.)
Tyler Pope (!!!) — Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Chuck Prophet — Guitar (Electric), Guest Appearance
Vince DiFiore — Percussion, Trumpet, Keyboards, Vocals (backgr.), Melodica
Paulo Baldi — Drums, Guest Appearance
Matt McCord — Drums, Guest Appearance
Todd Roper — Drums, Guest Appearance
Greg Vincent — Pedal Steel, Guest Appearance
Additional personnel:
Cake — Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Tim Devine — A&R
Craig Long — Engineer, Mixing
Mark Needham — Engineer, Mixing
Patrick Olguin — Engineer, Mixing
Kirt Shearer — Engineer, Mixing
Don C. Tyler — Mastering
Pros :
Some good standout tracks
catchy songs
good lyrics
Cons :
vocals
synths
dull and boring at some points
Recomended Tracks:
"Wheels"
"Take It All Away"
"End Of The Movie"

 © Photo credit: Eric McNatt
Review by Chris Jackson on Sputnikmusic: http://www.sputnikmusic.com
Website: http://cakemusic.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/cake
Description:
Pressure Chief is the fifth studio album by American band Cake. It was released on October 5, 2004, pushed back from its original August release date. It was produced by the band and recorded in a converted house in Sacramento. The lead single, "No Phone" peaked at #13 on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The second single "Carbon Monoxide" garnered some airplay but failed to crack the Modern Rock Tracks top 40. The album was the band's second and last record under Columbia Records.
The songs "She'll Hang the Baskets" and "Tougher Than It Is" were both originally written for Cake's 1998 record Prolonging the Magic.
On its opening week, Pressure Chief sold about 46,000 copies, debuting and peaking at number 17 on the Billboard 200. However, it fell to #55 the following week.
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L'album le plus controversé du groupe: soit parce qu'il tente de s'écarter (un peu) du style des précédents albums et les fidèles hurlent à la trahison, soit parce qu'il répète les précédents opus et il est donc accusé de tomber dans la facilité. Bon, le gâteau reste encore largement consommable et digeste!
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Television performances:
"No Phone" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, October 4, 2004
"Wheels" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
"No Phone" on The Late Late Show (with guest host Tom Arnold) on Tuesday, October 5, 2004
Appearances in other media:
The song "Wheels" is featured in the soundtrack of the film I Love You, Man.
-------------------------------------------------------------------Cake (Sacramento, California); personnel
Review by Johnny Loftus  (Editor rating: ***½)
Released in 2004, Pressure Chief marks Cake's tenth year with a set of sardonic, engaging alternative pop that shows the Sacramento band's economical sound unwilted after all these years. Chief features artwork and typography typical to the group, as well the familiar three-color print scheme and stiff cardstock paper. John McCrea's wit is as dry as ever, and his tongue has grown sharper with the addition of a social comment streak that occasionally goes quite cynical. Single "No Phone" decries the encroachment of technology, while "Carbon Monoxide" is an upbeat, Beatlesque number that nevertheless wonders cynically, "Where's the air?" Later, the wispily funky "Tougher Than It Is" encourages listeners to take it easy, because life's going to keep throwing curve balls anyway. Cake have always positioned themselves as cultural observers, but McCrea's opinions on Chief rely more on clarity than wryness. This doesn't make the album a downer. It opens with "Wheels," a song built from the best parts of Cake's thrifty yet effective arsenal. McCrea's narrative mostly concerns a breakup, and life moving on ("Wheels keep on spinning 'round..."). But his imagery is on overdrive once he hits the singles bar, where the "Muscular cyborg German dudes dance with sexy French Canadians." The song's punctuated by a classic Vince Di Fiore descending trumpet line and some fan-favorite "HEY!"s from McCrea. In the tradition of "I Will Survive," the band tackles another cover song, this time reinterpreting Bread's "Guitar Man." With its vintage synthesizers squiggling off the cues of an acoustic guitar, their version meanders at a comforting pace akin to Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1," and even gives McCrea a chance to sing a little. Other highlights include "She'll Hang the Baskets," where guest Chuck Prophet fills out the mournful melody with some fuzzily toned electric guitar, and "Dime," where the charmingly home-recorded quality of Pressure Chief really stands out. Smart, subtly subversive, and always catchy -- if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Awards:
Billboard Albums:
Year / Album  / Chart Peak
2004 Pressure Chief    The Billboard 200    #17
2004 Pressure Chief    Top Internet Albums    #17
Billboard Singles:
Year / Single  / Chart Peak
2004 No Phone     Modern Rock Tracks    #13
Artist moods: -Fun-Campy-Cerebral-Confident-Cynical/Sarcastic-Eccentric-Humorous-Ironic-Irreverent-Outrageous-Playful-Quirky-Silly-Whimsical-Witty-Wry-Amiable/Good-Natured-Bravado-Relaxed-Sophisticated-Uplifting-Detached  © Photo credit: Amy Lehman

Cake — Pressure Chief (2004)

 

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