michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — THE CARS

In album review on 04/21/2011 at 10:25 am

The Cars

Move Like This

(Hear/Concord)

On their first album in 24 years, the reunited Cars (no, the New Cars project from 2006 featuring two members and Todd Rundgren doesn’t count) pick up where they left off. Their last album together, Door to Door, was icy, hooky, artsy, and vaguely New Wave. That pretty much sums up Move Like This. Even without bassist and singer Benjamin Orr (who died of cancer in 2000), the quartet nails the serrated pop found on its six previous albums. The best tracks – like the pulsating “Blue Tip” and jittery “Sad Song” – ride waves of beeping synths and squalls of orchestrated noise as Ric Ocasek clips his words like a robot inching toward real emotions. Like most Cars albums, Move Like This gives up before it’s over, but after almost a quarter century, it’s way better than most reunion albums. And it sure beats the New Cars.

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