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Cars, The - 2011 Move Like This

ARTIST: Cars, The
ALBUM: Move Like This
LABEL: Hear Music
SERIAL: HRM-32872-02
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Ric Ocasek - rhythm guitar, lead vocals * Elliot Easton - lead guitar, background vocals * Greg Hawkes - keyboards, bass, background vocals * David Robinson - drums

Additional Musicians: Jacknife Lee - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Blue Tip * 02 Too Late * 03 Keep On Knocking * 04 Soon * 05 Sad Song * 06 Free * 07 Drag On Forever * 08 Take Another Look * 09 It's Only * 10 Hits Me


WEBLINKS: www.thecars.org

It was always on the cards that Bostonian faves The Cars would return to their reserved parking space held for them since their industrious days of the 80's. Their brand new 2011 outing 'Move Like This' is the bands first proper studio album since 1987's disappointing 'Door To Door'. We can't really count 2006's 'It's Alive' under the monicker The New Cars and with Todd Rundgren being part of the line-up. As much as it heralded a kick-start for Ocasek and co, The New Cars just couldn't get out of the parking lot and into fourth gear! This reunion however carries more traction and is a genuine attempt at rediscovering their 70's/80's success, even if it is without talismanic co-lead singer and bassist Benjamin Orr who passed away in 2000 of pancreatic cancer. The bass duties have been picked up Greg Hawkes and Jacknife Lee who some of you might remember from his production work with the likes of U2, Weezer, R.E.M, Snow Patrol and The Hives. The 24 years away from the public eye have enabled the band to return with a fresh perspective, and a vintage sound that harks back to the first three albums of The Cars back-catalogue, more so than the MTV laden 'Heartbeat City'.

The Songs
Leading off, 'Blue Tip' features the zany mono-synthesizer trademark of David Robinson, a quirky rocker which gallops away like a runaway racehorse on the chorus. Some tip huh? Swirly synths are the entree for 'Too Late', a track which has radio potential and is encased in 70's memorabilia. 'Keep On Knockin' phases through the speakers with a demanding attitude. We get that familiar pre-chorus that we heard on a song like 'You're All I've Got Tonight', with its double note snare drumwork giving us a reference point to that debut album. 'Soon' evokes a wonderful sense of serenity, a lulling peaceful tune that cruises the soundscape. Elliot Easton's strutting guitar lines are again so familiar on 'Sad Song', so too the handclaps. Aah this is a trip down memory lane for sure. I enjoyed the retro vibe of 'Free', which sees the band finding their feet in the 21st century. 'Drag On Forever' slows the pace fractionally, with a hari-krisha tambourine banging away in the background, the song is probably the weakest on the album. Moving on, 'Take Another Look' meanders upon a keyboard layer and percussion with little in the way of real drums. It's a ballad in the vein of Michael Learns To Rock but not as appealing. 'It's Only' is a straight-ahead rocker while 'Hits Me' is a mixed bag though does have a quirky side and a sharp edges to it.

In Summary
It wouldn't surprise me to know if some of these songs were written eons ago, because they do flow ever so easily as if they were outtakes from their 1978 debut. Being a long time away from the action, The Cars have decided to return to the sound from the 70's, and even though Roy Thomas Baker is not involved, sonically, Ric Ocasek has returned them to the era where their songs were fun and interesting. A couple of tracks bring the rating down slightly ('Drag On Forever' and 'Take Another Look'). Despite that, it looks as if 'Move Like This' could be on my playlist for a wee while to come. For those of you who enjoyed their debut and to a lesser extent 'Candy-O' and 'Panorama', you will love this return to form! Recommended.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 06 2011 05:38:59
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#3 | Eric on June 06 2011 12:04:40
I have a friend who saw The Cars a few weeks ago at First Avenue here in Minneapolis. He had seen them with The Doobie Brothers and Night (!) back in '79 so it had been quite a while, but said this club gig was fantastic and they covered every album with the exception of 'Candy-O'. Could be a one off but 'Move like This' is a terrific album in a year that's been kind of ho-hum when it comes to power pop.
#4 | reyno-roxx on June 07 2011 19:50:37
Really enjoyed this album too!
#5 | tonissive on June 08 2011 19:15:54
good new album! but too far of a masterpiece like 'hearbeat city'!
#6 | jeffrey343 on March 08 2012 21:19:56
This is definitely a nice return to form for these guys. I've never been a humongous fan of The Cars, but I definitely like a good chunk of their material, with a lot of it being essential. They do miss the late Benjamin Orr on some tracks, but Ocasek does a reasonable imitation.
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