Year of the Album — #024
The Cars – “Move Like This” (2011, Hear Music / Conchord)
It’s been 24 years since the last Cars record, and this 2011 effort finds them slipping right back into the New Wave groove they abandoned way back when. That’s great for fans of the Cars, who are going to get an album which is immediately accessable, like flashing back to the eighties without any musical jet-lag. But it’s hard to imagine the album converting any new fans — more than two decades after they ruled the airwaves, the band jumps headfirst into the 21st century music world, and it’s a very unfriendly place. Radio’s not going to play this, and once the retro kitsch of a new Cars record wears out, there’s really nothing here that suggests a long-term seller. But it’s great to hear a band craft a reunion record which doesn’t sound like a mere cash grab. And “Blue Tip” and “Keep On Rocking” are vintage Cars, perfect for keeping the converted rocking from dark til dawn. In the end, it’s hard to find fault with that.
The album doesn’t come out officially until May 10th, but you can hear a full album stream at Rolling Stone now.