Cake, "Sick of You"

60 Billboard Rating

Cake built its name on a brand of slightly skewed, idiosyncratic pop, and "Sick of You," the band's first new material since 2004's "Pressure Chief," continues to rely on its tried-and-true formula. Favoring a stripped-down mix over layers of stacked production, the first single off upcoming album "Showroom of Compassion" plods along with few dynamic or stylistic changes until a rousing trumpet solo. John McCrea's instantly recognizable half-sung vocals aren't used prominently but they spark to life on the track's bridge, as the singer opines against simple distractions and makes apocalyptic prophesies. "Every piece of land, every city that you plan/ Will crumble into tiny grains of sand," he sings. "Sick of You" makes an impression during its hummable chorus, but the track is ultimately too repetitive to leave a strong impression.

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