Move Like Thisby The Cars
The Cars' disbandment wasn't necessarily fractious but their afterlife sure was, with the band itching to reunite while their lead voice and face, Ric Ocasek, opted out. Bassist Benjamin Orr died of pancreatic cancer in 2000, but that didn't slow the desire for a reunion. Guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes took matters into their own hands in 2005, joining forces with Todd Rundgren and associates for the not-bad-at-all New Cars, and that seemed to be the end of the story until 2010, when all surviving members -- Ocasek, Easton, Hawkes, and drummer David Robinson -- headed into the studio with producer Jacknife Lee, who also pinch-hit on bass, to cut Move Like This, an album that defies all odds by sounding exactly like a classic Cars album. Certainly, Move Like This contains more of the sleek assurance of their prime than their 1987 farewell, Door to Door, and this is surely a deliberate move; the Cars take no liberties with their patented steely, stylish throb, weaving in allusions to past glories with Easton's tightly wound riffs and Hawkes' echoed keyboards. The remarkable thing is, for as proudly new wave as Move Like This is, it doesn't feel desperate or cautious: it's as bright, infectious, and tuneful as the Cars at their prime. Of course, even the best Cars albums (with the notable exception of their eponymous 1978 debut) provide slightly bumpy rides, slowing down on the ballads and sometimes meandering in the middle, and while this 2011 comeback falls prey to this curse, the band rights itself quickly, continuing to deliver pieces of prime pop like "Sad Song," "Hits Me," "Keep on Knocking," and "Too Late" -- and especially "Blue Tip," the best song here, which would be among the best songs on any of their other albums.
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Performance CreditsCars Primary Artist
Ric Ocasek Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Elliot Easton Guitar,Background Vocals
Greg Hawkes Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
David Robinson Drums,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsCars Producer
Ric Ocasek Composer
Stephen George Engineer
Sam Bell Engineer
Jacknife Lee Producer
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I think this is a great Cars album. Infectious pop, well written songs, some slow some fast. I am a fan from the 80s and have all of their albums but this would appeal to people that are not familiar with this group as well. Unfortunately, Ben Orr could not be a part of the reunion album because of his untimely death in 2000, so that is sad since he was such a vibrant and integral front man. R.I.P Ben Orr. Ric Ocasek's vocals, Elliot Easton's guitar, Greg Hawkes keyboards and David Robinsons drumming all sound excellent, just like their old albums. They did not miss a beat. Encore please.
Long-time fan; thrilled to see The Cars reunite! This one doesn't disappoint! Love every song! Wish I could have seen them live, but this CD will do for now. Hope they contine touring and produce another album in the future!
Awesome!!!! I've waited more than 22 years and 10 months for this moment...it's great to have the Cars running again, although we're only hitting on 4 cylinders now and not 5, you can still hear and feel the spirit of Benjamin on the Bass in your imagination's ear...we miss and love you forever Ben...of the 10 songs on the disc, 5 sound exactly of the Cars of the 70's and 80's...for the remainder of the tracks, it's really a mix of techo, hip-hop, a little off beat jazz, and some new wave mixed in and about...as usual, and with all of the previous Cars albums, the music still makes you smile while you're driving and listening...at some point, no matter when, you still end up singing alonng the way!!! Great job guys; Ric, Elliot, Greg, and Dave!!! Add this one to your collection ASAP...remember, you can't Drive without the Cars!!!