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Prolonging the Magic

At the very least, you have to admit Cake are original — who else would blend arch soft rock, dippy disco, heavy metal, Dr. Dre synth whines, and mariachi-band madness into one daft package? On their surprisingly melancholy third album, Prolonging the Magic, however, no track goes the distance like their 1996 novelty hit ”The Distance.” Proceed with caution, unless your quirk quotient has been magically prolonged. C+

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