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Cake and pie
Loeb, Lisa, 1968-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : A&M, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (43 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Lyrics on insert in container.
The way it really is -- Bring me up -- Underdog -- Everyday -- Someone you should know -- Drops me down -- We could still belong together -- Kick start -- You don't know me -- Payback -- Too fast driving -- She's falling apart.
Format :
Music CD


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Material Type
Home Location
Anna M. Reinstein Library BPR 1671 Compact Disc Audio Visual
Audubon Library BPR 1671 Compact Disc Open Shelf
Central Library ROCK .L825 C Compact Disc Central Library
Central Library ROCK .L825 C Compact Disc Central Library

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There was a gap of about five years between Loeb's second and third albums, which is enough time for some sort of significant growth or stylistic alternation to have taken place. There's not much of such things on Cake & Pie, however. Loeb remains an above-average major-label singer/songwriter, given to pensive self-reflection that doesn't quite cross the line into self-absorption. The emphasis is on intense examination of the motives that drive, maintain, and sometimes erode relationships, passionate without boiling into a rage. Perhaps she should get a little more uncoiled once in a while, though, as the hardest-rocking numbers here, like "Payback" and "Too Fast Driving," deviate enough from her established brainy-yet-emotional persona to command a little more attention than usual. On the more expected acoustic-colored numbers, "She's Falling Apart" is, again, a standout in that it strips down the production to enough basics that the arrangement has an unguarded edginess on par with the wary uncertainty of the lyrics. Otherwise the melodies and playing tend too much toward average modern rock, albeit with more heart and intellect than most. As a singer, she remains pleasant and confident, but not so unique or fiery that she burns into the synapses as well as the best storytelling songwriters do. ~ Richie Unterberger

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