Pressure Chief

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Quirky, satisfying songwriting.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Some good environmental messages.


One four-letter word, appropriately used

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this includes musical rants about environmental issues.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPontiusPilate April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byBrando804 November 3, 2010
I love CAKE but not as much this album. Comfort Eagle and Prolonging the Magic are probably the best ones. They are albums you can listen to all the way through... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bylh80127 April 9, 2008

What's the story?

There aren't a lot of surprises on PRESSURE CHIEF, and for Cake fans that's great news. Throughout the latter half of the 1990s, the Sacramento-based band delivered fun and original albums, developing a quirky signature sound that is maintained on here.

Is it any good?

Minimalist cover art, bubbling synthesizer tracks, and John McCrea's understated vocals offer a brand of musical consistency that will be comforting to die-hard fans but may feel tedious to others. Genuinely creative and original lyrics will be inspiring to would-be songwriters, who will be inspired by the fact that these guys can write about anything and make it work.

The lyrics are mostly squeaky clean, with one four-letter word thrown in to make a valid and literate point. Along with darkly poetic love songs, there's a "save the environment" plea (on "Carbon Monoxide") and the unusually creative use of metaphor throughout. "You won't even pick me up because I'm not enough for a local phone call," sings McCrea on "Dime," as one example. This is witty, clever, and refreshingly critical of culture and politics.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the substantive lyrics. Do you just like the sound, or do you appreciate the lyrics? Which lines or songs do you think are especially well-crafted?

Music details

  • Artist: Cake
  • Release date: October 5, 2004
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Alternative Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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