Album #417 – The Cars

Album #417

The Cars’ debut album was excellent. With infectious new wave pop rock, this Boston-based band were ahead of their time and, one of the most popular new wave bands to come out of the U.S. in the late 70’s and early 80’s. With vocal duties shared by rhythm guitarist Ric Ocasek and bassist Benjamin Orr, it is difficult at times to distinguish the two. Both have similar singing voices. The great thing about this album was that I knew half of the songs before even listening to it: Good Times Roll, My Best Friend’s Girl, Just What I Needed, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight, Bye Bye Love and Moving In Stereo. All those songs are still played on radio today; a rare feat for a debut album. The other tracks are equally as good. The Cars made synths and guitars compatible in away that only Prog Rock did years before. Only, The Cars had much more fun and were less pretentious. Roy Thomas Baker produced this album and up to that point was best known for his work with Queen. Baker, like Ted Templeman with Van Halen, got The Cars a record deal and served as their producer on their first four albums. I liked this album because, like most rock & roll, it was fun, catchy and well-written. This would embody new wave in the early part of the next decade. Overall, I give The Cars, 5 out of 5.

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