Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Cars - Move Like This

The Cars' catalogue has always remained current and fresh to me. They have never sounded liked dated 80’s music to me. So when I heard that Ric Ocasek and the band had reunited and were going to release a new record entitled ‘Move Like This’, I was unsure what to expect or what it was going to sound like. Were they going to sound tired or try to go in a new direction and be something they aren’t? Bands like BTO (now just Bachman and Turner) and Trooper just can’t seem to pull off relevance anymore. Maybe that’s a bad example since to me those bands were always just 3’s dressed up as 9’s. Nonetheless, when I think of those bands, the first thing that comes to mind is “Oh great, more rehashed, tired old crap”.

Not the case with the Cars, however. ‘Move Like This’ beams into 2011 as fresh and relevant as they ever were. The only difference is that now the artists that were inspired by the band that recorded albums such as their self-titled record and ‘Heartbeat City’ can now hope to share the stage with them. ‘Move Like This’ is the comeback that makes 1987’s ‘Door to Door’ album forgivable. They picked up were their peak left off and put out a modern new wave record that is worthy of any Cars fan. In the 70’s and 80’s, the Cars made really great complete songs and have done so again. This album could have come out in 1988, 1998, 2008 or as it has now. It doesn’t matter when it was released because the Cars have put out a fresh record that is not dated and is stylized in their classic sound. That is everything I would want in a new Cars record.

While the late Ben Orr’s physical contributions are not there, his spirit is definitely on the record. The song ‘Soon’ is very reminiscent of ‘Drive’ and ‘Sad Song’ let’s us know that this is still the band your best friend's girl listened to. That being said, ‘Keep On Knocking’, ‘Too Late’ and ‘Hit’s Me’ are my personal favourites. The record is an instant classic for any Cars fan (or for any rock’n’roll fan in general for that matter). If I had to pick one that I don’t dig as much as the rest, it would be ‘Blue Tip’. I like it, but it seems a little like an 80’s novelty song one would get sick of. A little too talky sounding in combination with the synth is what I think gives me that vibe. Again it’s still a great tune.

Minus Ben Orr, the original band is still intact with Ric Ocasek on rhythm guitar/vox, Elliot Easton on lead guitar, Greg Hawkes on keyboards/synth and David Robinson on drums. ‘Move Like This’ is simply a record you must pick up. Ric Ocasek has done what many bands have forgotten how to or never have known how to do, and that’s write great pop rock’n’roll songs where the songs themselves are the focus. There is not one bad cut on the record which is pretty impressive for a band in their late 50’s and early 60’s.


Cheers Rockers,