Plates Of Cake / Plates Of Cake
Album:Plates Of Cake Collection:General
Artist:Plates Of Cake Added:Jan 2011
Label:All Hands Electric 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-04-24 Pull Date:2011-06-26 
Week Ending:Jun 26Jun 5May 15May 1

Recent Airplay
1.Jun 22, 2011:feelin' the music
A Band Of Partisans, The Shining Path
4.Jun 02, 2011:meowgasm!
Emil The Soldier
2.Jun 22, 2011:meow proper
Emil The Soldier
5.May 13, 2011:Wee Animalcules (guest D. Cannibal)
Private Yacht
3.Jun 03, 2011:Death Control
Emil The Soldier
6.May 11, 2011:The Independent Mind
This Way Not Some Other Way

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2011-04-18 
Here's simple, basic, indie-rock. Meaning it's pretty damn good. Their PR blurb says they go for clever lyrics and melodies like Guided by Voices (yeah, I guess I hear that) and Skip Spence of Moby Grape (nah, I don’t hear that).

There's definitely some clever songwriting in this set of short songs coming in just under half an hour. The singer’s got a range of about 6 notes. He sorta talk-sings in a gravelly, low Leonard Cohen-ish voice. Instead of putting you off, though, it makes you lean forward & listen.

There’s not a bad song on here, but I’ve marked what I think are the best.

No FCC issues.

1. * It’s your first album, song number one: get off to a good start. Epitome of this band and album in one song. Twangy rhythm guitar; curmudgeonly lyric; laryngitis vocal. (2:16)
2. ** Old-fashioned jangle. Tongue firmly in cheek. And you can dance to it. (2:29)
3. Acerbic look at the rich. Uptempo and sarcastic. The band sings backup. (2:51)
4. * Lyric presents a series of seemingly unrelated images. It’s creepy & very cool. (2:33)
5. * Good instrumental! Start with arpeggios, add crunchy chords, even a bit of lead. (1:56)
6. War weary cynicism set to 2 chords. Spanish Civil War allusions. RIYL folk-rock. (2:37)
7. Tongue in cheek love song. Catchiest melody. (3:14)
8. Comically hoarse singing. Acerbic wit. A bit more bite from the guitars. (3:38)
9. ** Acoustic guitar for a change. Folk-song storytelling. Very like Leonard Cohen. (2:29)
10. * Goofy, odd, catchy. Humorous finish to the album. This will leave you smiling. (2:20)

Track Listing
1.Living Winter 6.A Band Of Partisans
2.Emil The Soldier 7.Old Debts
3.Private Yacht 8.Leper Hill
4.Kirchner 9.This Way Not Some Other Way
5.The Shining Path 10.Big Purse