steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


Self-titled CD

Cake Records

Genres: funk rock, rock/pop

Cake Records
P O Box 1801
Tacoma, WA 98401-1801 USA

July 11 - 17 2005

A smooth Cake Records band that shares my namesake; what's there not to like? Shimmer play funky rock la Jamiroquai or, more recently, Maroon 5 - they let the good times flow and never miss a beat as far as pop hooks and style go. Opener "Don't Trip on Your Way Out" is the clear-cut single here; if given the right airtime, it could be a minor mainstream success in the way "Virtual Insanity" or "Two Princes" (Spin Doctors) was. This is a really crisp recording, and the performances are tight; the songwriting is the deciding factor, and for the most part it's pretty successful. It's hard not to notice the presence of at least a little filler, but standout songs like the opener and "Needle to the Vinyl" are enough to hold a listener's attention - assuming they don't tire of the formula over the record's ten tracks.

As far as funk-rock material goes, Shimmer's disc makes a nice addition to the pile. The genre has a tendency to sound pretty homogeneous, and this album isn't really a departure from that trend; however, for people accustomed to (and in love with) the sound, this is pure gold.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]