Everything's Going to Work Out Just Fine

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This New Zealand group formed in the '80s and took its title from leader Graeme Jefferies' solo album, Messages for the Cakekitchen, a highly acclaimed, beautiful, and intimate recording. Over many albums, the group championed his simple yet sophisticated songcraft, and central to it is a fuzz guitar sound as unique and signature as that of Bob Mould. A crafty and resourceful producer, Jefferies recorded most of the group's productions at four-track facilities, and the intimacy of this music shines through in that candid context. Comparisons abound to his equally genius brother, Peter Jefferies, and mainly stem from the gene that graced them both with a striking baritone. While his brother's piano-driven balladry sets him apart, the Cakekitchen is a more upbeat affair and, on this outing, considerably experimental in its approach. No strangers to such techniques, their many albums are laced with tape collage interludes and acoustic/electric juxtapositions. Typically filled with the kind of elating guitar pop that Guided By Voices and Yo La Tengo specialize in, Cakekitchen albums resemble little outside of their own idiom. The fuzz-heavy tracks on Everything's Going to Work Out Just Fine come close to the Bevis Frond's psychedelic guitar sprawl, and Graeme Jefferies' voice and lyrics are as fresh as on their 1987 debut.

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