As more time passes and Lisa Loeb gets further into her career, her early '90s hit "Stay (I Missed You)" is establishing itself as apparently the best and worst thing that ever happened to her profess

As more time passes and Lisa Loeb gets further into her career, her early '90s hit "Stay (I Missed You)" is establishing itself as apparently the best and worst thing that ever happened to her professionally. Sure, it established a dependable (albeit small) fan base that will show its support at retail and in the clubs. But it also raised our expectations for her subsequent releases, which have all yet to really satisfy our sweet tooth in the same way as "Stay." Such continues to be the case on Cake and Pie, a group of songs that is often irritatingly formulaic and predictable. It's when Loeb takes a chance musically that she comes up with the album's best cuts: the '80s-pop-feeling "You Don't Know Me"—perhaps Cake and Pie's best cut—and the power-poppy "Too Fast Driving." But, ultimately, there is very little to get excited about here.—WO

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