Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Music Review: The Cars 'Move Like This'

The pioneers of New Wave, The Cars, return with their first album in nearly 25 years, Move Like This.  While the new material isn't exactly in line with their classic 1978 debut, or Candy-O, the album is a welcome return and full of the sleek production, harmonies, guitar hooks, synths, and rhythms that make The Cars so awesome. 

Move Like This is The Cars' seventh studio album and their first since 1987's Door To Door and sadly since, co-founding bassist, Benjamin Orr, died of pancreatic cancer in 2000.  The surviving members of The Cars-Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes, David Robinson, and Elliot Easton reunited and hired "Jacknife" Lee to produce half of the album, the other other half self-produced by the band. 

Fans of The Cars will find that very little has changed in their sound, and Move Like This fits in nicely as a welcome addition to their discography.  The album drags and is uneven in some spots and while there are certainly some strong singles on this album, it's just great to have The Cars back with new material and a new tour in 2011.  Highlights include "Blue Tip," "Sad Song," "Free," and "Hits Me." 

The Showbiz Kids Rating: 7 out of possible 10 

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