The Trash Can Sinatras: Cake (1990)
Their 1990 debut offered a blend of catchy mid-tempo pop and some more languid balladry. It's highlighted by a pair of killer tunes--"Obscurity Knocks" is delightfully infectious, chiming guitars and an anthemic, soaring chorus; and "Only Tongue Can Tell" is... well, same thing, nearly as great. A few other tunes are similarly upbeat (i.e. "Circling The Circumference"), while the balance kinda drifts off into the background, less immediately striking but never less than pleasant.
Subsequent albums didn't veer too far afield from the blueprint established by Cake, each record reliably providing a few noteworthy tunes interspersed with gentle ballads. Their most recent release, 2016's Wild Pendulum, remained as lovely as any of its predecessors (while including one of their finest pop songs to date in the rousing "Ain't That Something").
Here's the video for "Obscurity Knocks":Here's a live, acoustic performance of "Tongue" from a few years back, simply gorgeous:
I agree with the genius of this album... Both "Cake" and their second album "I've Seen Everything" are (no lie whatsoever) listened to at least once a week.ReplyDelete