What does it sound like?:
It’s always been a bit of a surprise to me that The Cars had so much success Stateside and yet relatively little here in comparison. Maybe their brand of new wave power pop didn’t travel very well, but ask most people to name one of their songs other than Drive and you’ll be met with a blank look.
Their second and third albums are reissued, as is the norm now in remastered form with a handful of bonus tracks.
The better of the two is 1979’s Candy-O, produced by Roy Thomas Baker of Queen fame. The big hit single Let’s Go is by far the strongest song, the rest being acceptable but pretty one paced – America’s take on the new wave sound. While the songs are short with some catchy hooks, they are rather samey and all blend into one after a while – pretty generic stuff. The extra material comprises one previously unreleased song, which is nothing special, a non album B side and five early mixes of album tracks. Of these, the slightly rougher version of Let’s Go is again by far the highlight.
The follow up, 1980’s Panorama, was met » Continue Reading.