Release date: January 2011
Showroom of Compassion, released on January 11, 2011, is the sixth full-length studio album from the band Cake. This is the band's first album since the release of Pressure Chief in 2004, the longest gap to date between two consecutive Cake studio albums. As of January 19, 2011, Showroom of Compassion has reached number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the band's first album to do so.
Near the beginning of recording, John McCrea stated that this album will sound "very different." In an interview with the Sacramento News, McCrea revealed that the music on the album would range from "aggressive rock songs" to "weird pseudoclassical compositions". In addition, McCrea allowed piano on the LP, which he had never done because he thought it sounded "too classy." He also said this is the first time he has allowed reverb, which he thought too many bands used to sound "grandiose."
On the Billboard 200, the album debuted at No. 1 with 44,000 copies, earning it the dubious honor of being the lowest selling number-one-album in its first week. Despite it being the band's first top ten album, the album sold considerably fewer copies than previous albums that had debuted at lower positions. Despite this setback, the members of Cake enthusiastically thanked their fans for the success of the album.