CAKE BAKE BETTY: Songs about Teeth!: CD

This is a collection of intriguing, piano-driven songs about creepy things like spines and seaweed and shooting doves in your backyard. Cake Bake Betty is one of those bands that is actually just one person. In this case, the “band” is primarily the work of one lady named Lindsay Powell, who has a melodic, young-sounding voice and is quite skilled on the piano. And there’s some cello and violin too. The whole female-vocals-with-piano thing can get really Tori Amos really fast, but this CD manages to avoid that trap. You wouldn’t really want to buy this album for your mother-in-law, and I mean that in a good way. It’s not the kind of short, fast, loud, poppy music that I would normally listen to, but I think if you like girls who have pretty voices and spooky lyrics and pianos, then you’ll probably really enjoy this. There was certainly enough edge and noise to keep me from getting bored. I have to say, though, that I really hated the Casio keyboard meets party-background-noise track called “Backbones.” It reminded me of the “band” I was in with my friend Jocelyne Beaudet when we were both in the third grade.

 –jennifer (Infinity Cat)