ROD MITCHELL: Cheesecake: CD

Musical comedy is a tough row to hoe and Rod Mitchell is swerving all over that field with reckless abandon. One song sounds like he’s swiped Eddie Van Halen’s “1984” keyboard and strapped it to a Weird Al song, while another sounds like a cut from the children’s record Robyn Hitchcock never wrote. There are humorous bits here and there—”The Dying Squirrel” is cruel but funny—but Cheesecake needs a concept to justify putting the lyrical horse before the musical cart and make the trip worthwhile.

 –Mike Faloon (Orange Knight)