Shake It Up [Expanded Edition]

Shake It Up [Expanded Edition]

by The CarsThe Cars


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By augmenting their sound with more synthesizers, electronics, and drum machines, the Cars' fourth release, Shake It Up, helped bridge their hard rock-based early work (1978's The Cars) with the futuristic pop direction of 1984's Heartbeat City. The band's sound may have been evolving with each succeeding album, but Ric Ocasek was still writing compelling new wave compositions despite all the change, many of which would ultimately become rock & roll standards. The uptempo title track remains a party favorite to this day (reaching number four on the singles charts), while the melancholic "Since You're Gone" remains one of Ocasek's best-ever tales of heartbreak. Intriguing videos were made for both songs, officially introducing the band to the MTV age. Like its predecessor, 1980's Panorama, filler is present ("This Could Be Love," "Maybe Baby"), but many lesser-known album tracks prove to be highlights: the almost entirely synth-oriented tracks "Think It Over" and "A Dream Away," the rocking "Cruiser," plus the more pop-oriented "I'm Not the One" and "Victim of Love." Although Shake It Up was another resounding commercial success, their next album would be the one that made the Cars one of rock's quintessential acts of the '80s. [The 2018 reissue of the album features behind-the-scenes liner notes by drummer David Robinson and some interesting extras. Early versions of album tracks like "Since You're Gone" show how closely the band's early takes were to the finished product, the demo of "Shake It Up" is a fascinating glimpse of the usually tightly buttoned-up Ocasek fooling around a little behind the mike, and the version of garage oddity "Little Black Egg" is goofy fun. A previously unreleased track, the Benjamin Orr-sung "Midnight Dancer," could have been a fine addition to the album.] ~ Greg Prato & Tim Sendra

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Release Date: 03/30/2018
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0603497862719
catalogNumber: 565270
Rank: 4769

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