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The Cars

The Cars

1978

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The Cars

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3.54

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5

I mean, each track is a 5 star track, so what more can really be said about this album? Musically, The Cars nails The mix on Moving in Stereo is fun and meta as they play with the left and right channels. There's a high toned keyboard melody in All Mixed Up that punches out of the left speaker in such a delightful way.

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Ok, so.... this is New Wave. BUT. It's also full of iconic tracks for a reason. The Cars might be the best of the new wave movement. Good Times Roll, My Best Friend's Girl, You're All I've Got Tonight, Just What I Needed... monsters of the era. It's synthy but not bloopy. And the guitar tones on You're All I've Got Tonight and Bye Bye Love are killer no matter the genre. It's got an edge and an energy that is just missing from the vast majority of new wave albums. I expected to hate it but didn't. Solid album.

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5

Classic. Great songs and sounds.

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5

One of my favorite albums of all time, perhaps my favorite pop album of all time. Just an absolute titan from beginning to end 5/5

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5

A great one from my youth.

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5

Wall to wall bangers.

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5

This album is so good. No skips. Every song is so fun and iconic, this album is one of my favorites of all time

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5

Incredible. One of the best debut albums of all time.

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5

Another awesome selection from the generator. We do just what I needed in the band I’m in. Love the cars. Such feel good music

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5

Straight jams back to back.

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5

Groundbreaking and fun. Perfect little album.

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5

Already listened! A personal favorite

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5

Let the good times roll

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5

I didn't realize how many classic rock songs came from this one album.

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5

I love the cars, but it's one of those bands I never know it's them until someone points it out. It helps that I love the first song on the album. OOOOOO I know the 2nd one too. Yeah no doubt, I like this album a lot.

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5

Love this album. The first 3 tracks are absolute gold and it doesn't really drop off too far from there. I've loved Just What I Needed for years and can't believe it's taken this long to give the rest of the record a run. Amazing.

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5

Every track is a banger

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5

Great album from beginning to end. Some of the best power pop ever recorded. Sadly, The Cars never released another LP of this caliber.

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4

I dig this so much...in spots. No one swallows his histrionics the way Ric Ocasek does. To me, this music is all the updated swing and swagger of 50s rock for the contemporary new wave crowd. This must be one of the earliest examples of power pop, and it's all just so pure. Yep. "Moving in Stereo" would be the perfect song to strip to.

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enjoyed this - wee bit dated, but good tunes and tight band.

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3

The Cars fait partie de ces groupes formés de l'article "The" et d'un nom commun au pluriel (exemple: The Doors et son imperturbable organiste Manzarek). Pour autant, ce n'est pas aux Doors que le style des Cars nous fait penser mais bien à celui de Queen. L'album s'ouvre en effet sur une introduction intitulée "We Are The Winners" suivie du titre "Don't Block Me Now". Quelques pistes plus tard apparaît soudain le titre "Nonconformist Rhapsody". Pas assez flagrant pour vous peut-être ? Alors comment expliquez-vous que le dernier morceau s'appelle "We Will Move You" et que l'on voit dans son clip le batteur taper deux fois ses mains sur ses cuisses avant de les taper une fois entre elles ? Rendez-vous à l'évidence..

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This is good fun, but not necessarily essential. It is fun new wave catchy singalong pop. Good driving (no pun intended) rhythms with occasional proper long guitar solos! The vocal hooks are bubblegum! A very high 3, maybe a 4 with more familiarity.

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5

4-5

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5

Never knew about these guys. Pretty good!

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The cars sound like the cars

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5

The cars. Yes

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5

Didn’t realize I knew so much about Cars

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5

Great!

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5

4.7 - Everything I love about Boston. The fucking attitude. The speed. The intelligence, craft and skill. Everything you want packed into 37 minutes, kid!

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5

Clásico. Lo mejor en el power pop de los Beatles pre drogas y los Nerves.

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5

A good 'un.

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5

Exceeded my expectations.

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5

This album and band’s influence is over so many things I’ve liked for most of my life

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5

5/5 Love the album. Fav songs are (Just what I needed, Good Times Roll, Best Friends Girl). Iconic album.

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5

5/5. This is the kind of album you expect to find on a list like this. Every song is great.

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5

One of the classics, so many good tracks.

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5

I thought the three songs "I'm In Touch with Your World", "Don't Cha Stop", and "All Mixed Up" were pretty bad but the rest of the album was so good they more than made up for it. 4.5 stars.

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5

September 17, 2021 Love them.

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5

Oh yea Let The Good Times Roll. I hear DEVO and hair rock in this, blended together for mutual benefit. The first 3 tracks on this album are some of the best openers ever. This album kicks ass. Its like a best of but its the first release.

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5

Overall this was a really good album, no huge stand out songs, but this is what I want when listening to a full album 4.7

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5

Great album start to finish. The Cars have a certain sound and a certain formula that can be heard across most of their songs, but it just WORKS. The beginning of Good Times Roll is such a great opening and the song is simply cool all the way through. In fact, the first three tracks (GTR, My Best Friend's Girl", and "Just What I Needed") are such classics I'd call this a 5 just on those tracks alone, but the rest keeps me interested and wanting to hear this album again and again (and of course "You're All I've Got Tonight" and "Bye Bye Love" are also classics). I'll also point out that this is a great pairing with Blondie's Parallel Lines which we randomly got a few days back. Perfect one-two punch of new wave.

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5

Like other new wave bands, I'm not sure any of the members of The Cars are going to win awards for their outstanding playing ability. But they are plenty capable. And their song-writing ability is very high. I am not ashamed to profess my love for the catchy Good Times Roll and My Best Friend's Girl. And I think they do well to show their multidimensionality with the edgier sounding Just What I Needed or Moving in Stereo. I know the former is one of their most popular, but it has a lot of depth and is less poppy than others. It's almost one of those albums that is good from front all the way to back. Tracks 4 and 9 are ho-hum and Track 5 is fun but not as good as the others. Still, I'll let that slide. Their later albums never matched the same high, but this album is one of the best new wave / pop rock albums of all time.

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5

Hit after hit! If you had asked me to name a Cars album, I couldn't have done so, but it turns out I know half of these. Great stuff.

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I'm going to out on a limb and say that more albums have been ruined by off the rack synths than by any other single factor. And yet The Cars, on their debut album, managed to make off the rack synths sound not just funny, like Devo, but actually--gasp--cool! How the hell did they do it? Most importantly, they used synths for either single note contrapuntal lines or color, never chords. Secondly, guitarist Elliot Easton was almost always way up front in the mix. These are very guitar oriented tunes--the synths are generally secondary. The arrangements are like the interlocking gears of a watch, cunningly constructed. There are no extraneous lines or pieces. Everything fits together perfectly. It turns out that Roy Thomas Baker was the perfect producer for The Cars. There is a clarity in the production that encourages the listener to pick out the separate lines in the arrangements. The only way that Baker deviates from this plan is with the vocal choruses, which are big, full, and vibrant. It's a magical combination. Notice I haven't said a thing about the tunes themselves yet. That's because if the elements I mentioned hadn't been present, this album would have sucked big time. As it is, the music gods were smiling down on The Cars because every last tune is a knockout with strong melodies and big fat, rhythmic hooks, performed to perfection by the band, so that the album comes off as loose, hip, modern and most of all fun. And to top it all off, the lyrics are simple enough to understand on a first listen and yet sardonic and multi-layered. There are plenty of albums that are more complex, more ambitious, and more innovative than The Cars' debut, but it would be hard to find one more perfect.

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5

All but three songs on this album have been FM radio staples as long as I've been paying attention and this is a debut, it's difficult to imagine an album have that kind of pop cultural impact today, I think it would be impossible.

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5

This album was amazing. Really creative use of electronic and effects. Original song writing. The well known hits from the album are perfect pop, and the unknown tracks are excellent gems in originality.

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5

Superbe album got hooked from the start

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5

10/10: Might as well be a greatest hits album.

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5

Outstanding one of the best ever!

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5

Classic.

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5

So fast so good

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5

I love the Cars. This album has several of my favorite Cars songs on it. Amazing album

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5

Only knew moving in stereo beforehand, loved the sound of the rest of the album, almost queen-like.

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5

A gem.

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5

One of my favorites. It's so much fun and it's The Cars man!

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5

What a debut. One of the best debut albums of all time. The Cars arrived with this album, fully formed. The first three songs is a career for most bands. 5 🌟

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5

Best debut album ever. The invention of top 40 radio rock. Let the good times roll. So its only 1978(!) and new wave rock already never sounded better than on this Cars album full of catchy songs, all played in their typical highly effective style - somehow they managed to get it right, right from the start. The first three songs are winners and is hard to imagine why one would not instantly like this album very much. And its massive influence is obvious. Think New Pornographers, Weezer, Urge Overkill, the Strokes etc etc

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5

Amazing album all the way through. Made me smile when I heard it because it’s just so much fun.

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5

A defining moment in New Wave, setting an example for the genre for years to come. Just like Parallel Lines, it's an incredibly well-polished pop masterpiece with a strong reliance on synths, dance rhythms, and punk-inspired vocals and instrumentals. 9 tracks, 6 of which are top-tier hits that could each stand on their own. The production is among the best of the era, everyone is well-mixed, nothing is overwhelming or taking too much of the spotlight. The guitar, synths, vocalist, drums, bassist... they all sound fantastic. You have your guitar solos. Your innovative synth effects that showcase how crazy you could take the genre. And not to mention you could dance, sing along, shake your head, whatever, to any of the tracks. There are 3 unusual tracks here. "I'm in touch with your world" is one of those avant garde pieces, reminds me of "Mother" on Synchronicity, but more akin to their postpunk contemporaries. It grows, but understandably some people couldn't stand it. "Don't Cha Stop" is a bit on the boring track, probably my least favorite, but if you like their signature sound, you couldn't hate it. Finally, the closing "All Mixed Up" is a really good track on its own, it's hard for me to call it a weak track, but it stands against the pop monsters of the other tracks. Hardly any weaknesses. All tracks are really good. Deserves a perfect score, doesn't it?

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5

Dynamic, engaging pop rock. Well ahead of its time. One of my new favourite bands.

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5

I had no idea that I was a Cars fan. I know their releases, and liked them well enough, but this whole album was stellar!

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5

I remember this album well. I was 15.

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5

This is a damn impressive album. Five all-time greats on one album. The fact that this was their demo makes it 10 times more impressive.

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5

-"Good Times Roll," "My best Friend's Girl," "Just What I Needed," 'Don't Cha Stop," and "You're All I've Got Tonight" are all classic radio hits of various sizes. All very catchy and fun -"I'm in Touch with Your World" has an unexpected change to some spookyness, very cool -All greeat, totally class rock tracks

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5

Amazing. This is an all-timer.

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5

I consider this a perfect album. Completely solid from start to finish without a wasted note. They struck the ideal balance between good old fashioned rock and roll and new wave synth flourish. Some of the catchiest tunes ever recorded.

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5

Lots of unexpected nostalgia from an album where I couldn't have even named the band. Loved it.

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5

Can't go wrong with new wave.

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I really like this album so far. Easy to listen to, very catchy on the first listen. I've heard one of their bigger hits (Just What I Needed) before, but The Cars were not a band that I was explored previously. I will definitely be looking into some of their other albums. Moving in Stereo is a jam!

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5

When I first encountered this list, I immediately started guessing what albums would be on it. This was one of my first 10 guesses.

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5

Love this album immediately, bit of new wave with mixed with classic rock. It’s a perfect blend of the two; catchy songs; lovely upbeat feel. This album is right up my alley, have to give it a 10/10. Going to listen to this album for a very long time.

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4

Forget how much of their songs I know until I’m listening to their albums

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4

Everything the 80s got right

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4

Some classic dad rock anthems on this jawn

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4

Good album, fun band.

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4

Actually 3.5 stars but I liked it way more than I thought I would

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4

Great album, you can tell this inspired so many future rock bands. The mixing and mastering really is excellent, every track is polished and catchy.

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4

Reminds me of my childhood and made me think about the great relationships I have and had with all of my family members and how great full I am for that. I am also very stoned and thinking about quitting my job.

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A lot of classics on this album

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Fedt pop album med flere gode ørehængere på. Skal lyttes på igen. Nogle af numrene er måske lidt for lette, men overordnet godt

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Definitely a staple sound back then, I love this punk rock mixed with some funky tunes

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4

It's nice but a bit repetitive I found. Especially the lyrics. I enjoyed and then quickly got bored of most songs. Had a second listen and really liked it

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4

A fun, catchy album. You can really hear how this album would go on to influence the synth, new wave pop of the 80's.

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4

What a great, great album.

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4

Knew all the songs, but first time listening to it as it was meant to be listened to, I did them wrong for so many years. Really 3.5 but I guess I have to round up.

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4

Really fun rock album with several classics.

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4

Seminal. Moving in Stereo moved me the most, interesting blend of prog rock and 80s synth sound.

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4

I’m fairly certain I’ve heard every song from this album in classic rock radio at some point. It turned the Cars into megastars in the 70s into the 80s and I can see why. Pop-rock radio friendly hits for the whole family. Got some cool guitar tones and synth sounds to boot. Favorite song: Just What I Needed Least favorite song: Bye Bye Love

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Knew more tracks on this than I thought!

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fuck yeah

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I like it, I like it a lot. I think my ratings got messed up and I began rating things too high Whatever, this is still a four

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Was hoping this would come up. So cool. It’s looking forward but so much of it is 70s af. Big hit.

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Aye this is a banger, I think it would be a 5 but it does dip pretty hard in the middle

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Holy cats, so many singles. I didn’t expect to like this album as much as I did. I’m still surprised at how thoughtful the music itself was of pop music from this era, far more interesting than contemporary pop music.

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4

Top three Cars album, but the bar is pretty high. It's probably the one most packed with hits, so maybe just a tad over-played for me? Either way, can't get enough of that guitar tone....

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4

classic

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4

honestly a banger

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4

first 3 bangers, the next one is weird, the rest have some diamonds in the rough. solid album

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4

One of the greatest new wave albums. First three songs are perfect pop songs. 8/10

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4

Lovely album, every song flowed nicely and connected to eachother

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80s classic rock / dad rock. It's a good album without any filler (literally zero filler), but I couldn't keep myself from picturing old dudes saying "now this is REAL rock and roll" the whole time I listened to it

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Rock indie

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Año 1978. 9 canciones y menos de 36 minutos. Me sigue impresionando lo poco que se necesitaba en esa época para completar un LP. El arranque ya merece la pena y suena realmente moderno incluso más de 40 años después. Comenzar con "Good times roll", "My best friend's girl" y "Just what I needed" sobre todo esta última a la que tanto le deben los Weezer.

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4

Lo disfruté mucho, es el tipo de rock que sí me gusta, yo digo. Muy de soundtrack, me lo imagino en las tardeadas de los jóvenes setenteros. Sobre todo, me gustó a partir de "Don't Cha Stop". Mis favs quizá "You're All I've Got Tonight" y "Moving In Stereo". Creo que alguna vez ya había escuchado algo de The Cars, pero muy contento de escuchar este álbum. 9/10

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4

groupe culte musique pour road trip ils portent bien leur nom

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4

70s pop rock at its chart-topping peak

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4

I enjoyed these tracks

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4

Buen disco siendo de los setenta recuerda a los ochenta

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4

Just What I Needed is a certified bop but the rest of this album is sexy as hell

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4

Never heard of em before. Very pleasant surprise

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komplett 70er style.. stark rockig aber mit leichtem punk einschlag vorallem auf den vocals.. coole e-gitarren riffs und solos. geht ein wenig in die richtung der talking heads.. ok richtung beschreibung wär new-wave gewesen haha my best friends girl kannte ich schon, den rest nicht wirklich.. nicht 100pro mein sound aber schon fettes album

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4

Dope. Some solid gold hits plus some other good songs.

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Movidito, peor no me capturó mucho. Supongo que esto es la idea que tengo del rock genérico, lo cual no es necesariamente malo, pero no me quedo con ninguna canción. Según Spotify agarraron mucha influencia de Velvet Underground, pero no veo dónde o cómo se refleja en este disco, quizás creé altas expectativas por leer su bio. Creo que la que más me gustó fue Don´t Cha Stop irónicamente porque es la que suena más basic, pero me parece chill y divertida. Mood: Ruta 66

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4

The Cars greatest hits, and it was their debut album!

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Fun, enjoyable, rhytmic rock.

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4

Excellent. Never heard of them before but will listen again.

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4

Está divertido

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4

Very 70s rock, good choruses, Queen style backing and linear guitar riffs

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4

Such a consistently good pop rock album. Not a bad song on here. I love how the cars kind of mixed bluesy rock with synths. It really influenced so many bands afterward.

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4

This is the Cars at their peak. Many of their greatest hits all packed into one quick listen. It falls off a little on the back end, but it's truly hit after hit for this one. Favorite Song: Just What I Needed

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Next 6/7 on newtonian scale 6/7 25.0075 pas Like you're just listening to the song halfway through wanting a bullet througj the head until this song fucking ends. SHE USED TO BE MINE

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4

The Cars had a lot of hits, they kind of sounded the same, but they had a lot of hits

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4

decent

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actually liked it a lot! v nice

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4

unerwartet moderner Hardrock und Synth für die Zeit

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What a fab opening riff - followed by another - then another. Three of my favourite songs in a row. Joy. I haven't heard this album since 1980. Sadly not all to that same high standard, but then they couldn't possibly be, and even the duff tracks are pretty good. Loved it. I was also prompted to put some of these onto my running playlist. To criticise, I felt the vocal melody lines weren't always as good as the guitar lines underneath them. I generally like Ric Ocasek's vocals and on some tracks he's perfect for the vibe of the track; when he's right, he's really right; but sometimes he takes the low road when the high road is just inviting him along. I can't help thinking that with a stronger singer, they could have taken over the world - but overall, it's still a great sound.

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4

I don't know if it's because I listened to this album every day for months or because they had a strange release plan, but I remember like seven singles coming from it. Plenty of great songs that sound like a more romantic Devo.

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🎸🎸🎸

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A great mix of new wave cool and radio-friendly pop, the Cars' clever use of synths also really helps to elevate this album above normal rock/pop fare.

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4

really good, cant believe i never listened to this before.

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4

Pretty good, easy to listen through. Love the popular singles that everyone else does.

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4

I mean it’s hard not to give it 4 stars, since almost every song is a hit. But, still I’ve hear them all like 4,007 times

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4

Very refreshing music. Seems out of place and unlike anything. I will listen to it again, definitely.

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4

Solid! Some classic for sure. A bit early for some of the tunes, but greats nonetheless

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4

Liked most of the album. 1 or 2 songs that I could take or leave but overall very good album

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4

This was 'Just What I Needed' after the crap punk of the last album. I'm sorry for that one. This is so much better though. It has some of that 70s vibe but also some proto-80s feel too. I'm also a fan of the band chiming in to sing sometimes.

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4

new wave go brrrrrrrrrrrrr

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4

I had listened to this one a couple of times before and it has always made me feel good. Overall a pretty fun album.

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4

Good times roll is my favorite track from this album. My best friends girl, and Just what I needed are also outstanding tracks.

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4

Amazing songs

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this feels like it would've been a revelation in 1978 - i didn't realize it'd been out for that long. even the less well-known tracks here were strong. plus, you know, hometown heroes!

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4

yeah this one slaps

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Really liked it!

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Pretty impressive debut album. I've never been a big Cars fan, something about Ric Ocasek's voice that I just don't like, but I can't deny that this album is full of catchy, radio-friendly tunes. Amazing there were at least 5 hit songs off of this one album. 4 stars.

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4

What a debut

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Basically every song is a hit. Impressive debut album.

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4

my first rock album, i give it a solid 3.5

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4

Pretty solid album. Great start. Lost me a bit near the end.

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finally a regular classic rock album Good classic songs, but "I'm in touch with your world" is odd and not that great Sorta flew by fast, was a short album but it really did have some hits in there

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4

I don't think I ever gave this band enough credit. The first 3 tracks are well known hits but then you have the tracks that aren't singles. They may not have the same 'hook' that the singles have but they're all solid songs. This album definitely made me want to check out the rest of the Cars' discography

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A comment on this album on YouTube was that this could be a greatest hits album. Boy, are they spot on. That one-two-three of the first three songs on it, man! I’ll be honest, I was not a big fan of The Cars. Mostly because of “Drive.” (So overplayed when I was a teenager.). But this first album is really good. They really have the songs down. Very concise and well-written.

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4

6 of the 9 tracks on this album get regular radio play to this day. So yea, it’s pretty damn good. And the other three songs? Also pretty damn good.

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4

Surprisingly enjoyable. Strong songs.

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4

Part of me wants to hate The Cars for spawning a dozen shitty imitators, but I guess that's not actually their fault. This is a fun album. Best track: Just What I Needed

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4

I liked it, it was unexpectedly nice.

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Really impressive debut album!

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4

Really good! A lot of the unknown songs where kind of funky and different, not just straight forward classic rock. Also reminded me of Talking Heads a little bit. 7/10

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4

Tight pop-rock of a bygone era; a PG favourite.

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Ah this has some great pop songs on - always loved 'Best Friends Girls' and some of the other tracks. Not consistent enough across all songs to be brilliant, but really enjoyed the album.

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Interesting instrumentation choices, the songs feel varied throughout. All very danceable, every song has a distinct driving feel to it. Memorable guitar riffs and hooks. Some of the vocal harmony moments were cool, some felt sort of forced. Album got stronger from “Just What I Needed” and beyond. First two tracks just felt like anything you could hear on classic rock radio, but the third track is iconic, and after that it feels like more risks are being taken. Incredible flow throughout the album. Last two tracks are a cool note to go out on. Still upbeat, but weirder and almost haunting/mysterious at times. Every song could be a hit.

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I love it!!

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Excellent new wave gem, thoroughly enjoyable. Talking Heads crossed with Roxy Music. Sounds as fresh as a daisy.

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A new wave classic.Love the drums and harmonies in "Good Times Roll"."My Best Friend's Girl" has a great guitar part and great harmonies."I love the song "Just What I Needed", a lot because i also love the Car Seat Headrest "Not what I Needed" which is kinda of a reworked version of this song made by Will. "I’m In Touch With Your World" is kind of weird, with a lot of synths and guitars all over the place, not as enjoyable as the previous ones. "Don’t Cha Stop" is very catchy and has a great guitar solo, and great guitar work overall." You’re All I’ve Got Tonight" has great flangered drums , a very good chorus, and the song is finished with a great solo and a repetition of the chorus. "Bye Bye Love" sound a little bit similar to the last one, but with a better synth work, in my opinion.Great transitional intro to "Moving In Stereo", with greath synths and vocals from their bassist,is certainly one of the top songs of this album.The last song, "All Mixed Up"has great harmonies, however, it's not that great, possibly one of the worst with "I’m In Touch With Your World". A solid 8. If not for thos 2 songs, it would have been a 9. Favourite track(s): Good Times Roll/Just What I Needed_____ Least Favourite tracks: "All Mixed Up"/"I’m In Touch With Your World". Can see the influences that they had on weezer's blue album (which ocasek produced).

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didn't expect to dig this so much

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Un d'aquells discos que mai et canses d'escoltar. Sense grans singles destacats ('Drive' vindria anys més tard), tot ell és un conjunt de temes sense màcula. En els anys de més brillantor en la música pop més creativa, aquest destaca com un dels seus discos més disfrutables. No és pas poca cosa

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A classic

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Love the Cars! I have definitely heard all of the big hits from this album for my whole life, but the few that I haven’t heard were really interesting. Surprisingly short album too!

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Into the first minutes of this album I thought it was going to be quite boring, but after a while I noticed it was rocking away quite nicely. Not mind-blowing by any means, but just a very solid album.

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Really good album quite enjoyed this one. Never heard of this band before.

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A sneaky 4. More like a 7 out of 10 but I'm feeling generous.

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Overall, this is a good album with a few weaker tracks that I didn't enjoy as much. I like how experimental this band got with technology (apparently they used large amounts of it). Highlights: My Best Friend's Girl, Just What I Needed, You're All I've Got Tonight

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This was really good! The main thing that stood out to me was just how tight the rhythm section is, all of the grooves just locked together perfectly (even the quirky, disjointed rhythms of I'm In Touch With Your World) Most of the songs were more simple but the texture always built and varied throughout to keep things interesting, and there were some great flourishes and interweaving melody lines to spice things up to perfect effect. Just a really enjoyable record from front to back

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Very very good. Some absolute bangers and lead to Weezer so a good thing in my opinion.

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Muito bom.

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This was actually a brilliant album. Well written and sounds way ahead of its time in terms of style and genre. Really enjoyable with many string tracks. Also kept it concise and impactful with it being only 35 minutes. Will definetly give it another listen

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Whopping debut album. Knew most of the tracks but never realised it was from 1978!!! I would have guessed '82 or '83. Cover art 5/5

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I love this album, especially the last three tracks. It's so good.

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Wow, that was really great.

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very energetic pop/ pop rock album that has some interesting songs

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Hi- Bye Bye Love, Moving In Stereo, All Mixed Up Lo- Don't Cha Stop Growing up with The Cars getting heavy rotation on the radio and media, I've always considered this album just a matter of fact. Most of these tracks are reasonably fun and boppy. Don't Cha Stop is obviously inspired by "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and is kind of a weak end to a pretty decent first act...But the flipside is where you get 3 very solid tracks (all seamlessly blended into each other) that really kicks sounds ahead of its time, preceeding albums by The Cars will sound more like this. Another thing to note about this album is its fidelity; It's absolutely great for 1978, rivaling Steely Dan and similar albums.

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I was surprised by how many hits were on this album from good times roll to best friends girl to bye bye love. All the other songs were pretty good and enjoyable too.

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Fun 80s pop

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There's a little more depth to this album that I thought there was. Some good deep tracks beyond the popular ones.

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Never have heard this album before, but obviously have heard a lot of songs. The first half of the album seems to have the hits whereas the second half is more experimental. 35 minutes which I tend to think is around the sweet spot for a lot of albums. Glad I listened to this one

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Yeah, I like the guitars. More if a pop style than I'd usually go for but it's great album.

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Some good solid driving.

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It would be enough Orr's 'just what I needed'

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Great sound.

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It's pretty great. Almost every track is solid gold. I just don't think that "I'm In Touch With Your World" and "Doncha Stop" are all that great. So close to a perfect 5.

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Really more like 4.5 stars. This is like a greatest hits record plus a few lesser songs. Of those, you got a highly entertaining number using every random percussive instrument known to man, plus kazoos, and the last track is tremendous.

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This was a blast from the past. I listened to The Cars a lot when I was a youngster. This album is actually older than I thought.

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Such good new wave, so many iconic songs

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Þessi er bæði hress og skemmtileg. Hlustaði tvisvar og myndi gera aftur.

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The Cars are one of those groups where I know a ton of songs by them but don't really process it because I only hear them on the radio. Standout tracks: "Just What I Needed" (perennial favorite), "Moving in Stereo" (new discovery)

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I really liked this! A few recognizable songs (and the perfect hook to get me back into the listening project)

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Quite a few big hits on this album. Really enjoy the spacey, new-wavey sound mixed with rock. Never listened to a full Car album before.

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Even the non-radio hits are pretty good. Solid album and I was pleasantly surprised.

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Wall to wall banger 4

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This is a pretty good classic rock album. The first half of the album is all hits. The back half of the album isn’t bad. Just pretty generic classic rock. Overall it feels pretty timeless and the songs are enjoyable. 7.6/10

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I guess you’re just what I needed!

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Classic rock

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We put 80s in your 80s music. Nice rhythm guitar, nothing to complain about.

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Some great songs but looooots of filler.

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I've never heard of this album, but apparently its the soundtrack for every movie ever. Some real bangers in there though.

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da riascoltare!

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Fave Song: Good Times Roll

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false

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I thought this was just okay. Nice tone to it though

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Was ok

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FUN cars

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Solid classic rock album - added 3 tracks to 'the highway' playlist

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I like

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Meh.

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This was more enjoyable than I Initially expected. A decent rock album.

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Pretty classic late 70s

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I liked this more than I thought I would. Still don't like the songs where they bring in the backing vocalists, but the music is solid. Ric Ocasek's voice doesn't really help much.

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I recognized quite a few popular songs on here, so they have to get credit for that. Overall not bad. I think in the right environment this would be fun music, but sitting at my desk during work isn't that environment.

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Un trois étoiles mais un bon 3 étoiles. Avec des tounes plus Upbeat come Don't Cha Stop ou catchy comme Bye Bye Love. Je suis surpris qu'ils n'aient pas vraiment de gros hit à leur actif.

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The hits are amazing. The rest is okay. Totally thought All Mixed Up was a Red House Painters song until I heard it here.

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Cool unique infusion of electronic synthesizers and the early hard rock that was seemingly just getting popular during this time. “Moving in Stereo”

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Je vois les influenceurs du groupe the killers, de la pop mais back par des instruments et pas des criss de musique fait à l’ordi.Au début je m’enlignait pour un 2 mais la fin de l’album est moins pop mais plus rock, Je lévite; moving in stéréo !!! Fort ça , un toune j’écouterais dans mon char .just what i needed!! Don’t cha stop Je l’évite my best friend girl, Ouff c’est pop bonbon quétaine noir

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#3 olorcillo de Bowie, rollings y Byrne

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6

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Unexpected treat

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Couple of nice tunes, enjoyable

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3/5

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un par de canciones buenas

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I'm not a huge cars fan, but I actually own this album. I think I picked it up at a thrift store... Anyway, It's synth heavy rock that doesn't offend me. I won't switch stations if it's on, but I don't have them on any of my playlists either.

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Easy rock listening, knew a few of the songs

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The Cars define everything I like and don't like about the 80s. The songs are well crafted enough but I find them somewhat formulaic. They have a bit of new wave and electronic push riding over a rock base. While they define the 80s sound it doesn't quite settle with me. I think a lot of their popularity came with timing, they got a ton of play in the early days of MTV which had huge viewership. A lot of the songs go a little over the top with the added electronics. Songs are fine, I just never was drawn to their sound. Best song: My Best Friends Girl I'll give it a 3 but more a 2 1/2 for me.

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Un album sympa mais pas revolutionnaire, même si j'ai apprecié la prise de risque au moment où Flash Mc Queen utilise Bessy la goudronneuse pour tenter de réparer la route 66 avec l'aide de son acolyte Martin la dépanneuse.

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Two great hits in My Best Friend's Girl and Just What I Needed. The rest of the album was good too. I like the singing style and found it to be a god solid bunch of tracks.

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Found this to be quite good. Much better than I expected

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Album of only hits and misses. The misses are so bad that they almost outweigh the hits.

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There's an amazing EP in here with, yep, the 5-6 singles/radio hits (however you want to count them) - "Just What I Needed," "You're All I've Got Tonight," "My Best Friend's Girl" - all amazing songs, great songwriting and really snappy performances. The rest of the tracks though... "Don't Cha Stop" and "All Mixed Up" are fine I guess? Honestly, compared to the singles, they're filler. And "I'm In Touch With Your World" is awful. It's all obnoxious studio effects and a tedious chord progression. How did this make the cut?

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Its okay. hella white person music. you can tell a lot of 80's rock (like Boston) were inspired by them. 3.5

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Great pop album, can't really pick any huge standout tracks but enjoyed pretty much all of it

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It was pretty cool and knew more songs than I thought

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a lot of radio songs which makes it a little tired for me, but solid album front to back.

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3.5/5 It's pretty good, typical late 70s early 80s pop rock

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3.5 stars. Better than I was remembering.

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Está bueno. Escuchar cuando no sé qué escuchar

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Fun guitar and odd singing, but it works. A band I'd never listened to, so it was nice to hear their debut as an introduction.

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A bit of a shaky start in that a couple of the earlier tracks reall are not to my taste, but on the whole it’s a really enjoyable album with a couple of great tracks. Definitely worth a revisit

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Great stuff, enjoyable new wave pop, particularly on classics like My Best Friends Girl & Just What I Needed.

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Very good music, but the 80s super-clean production makes it sound very sterile.

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Saai

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Mwah

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Vrolijk album met leuke deuntjes. Heel goed te luisteren, maar ook bij dit album mis ik weer de x-factor om het echt bijzonder te vinden. ***

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Maomeno

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this feel modern even today. great blend of styles. tracks: good times roll, best friends girl, moving in stereo

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Didn't really like it. But theres some interesting songs i like

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8. The Cars - The Cars. 9 tracks. What a pleasant surprise this was. Not all tracks are great but the one's that are make the album well worth a listen. Just what I needed is just what I needed. 3/5.

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Catchy moments but overall makes me feel unsatisfied. All the songs were enjoyable but none of them left me with the sense of awe, or the feeling of having to go back to it.The vocal production has too much reverb for my liking. The standout song for me was "Just What I Needed It," for the punchy guitars, the sharp synths, and the straight-to-the-point lyrics.

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There were many excellent songs on here but this one falls into the trap of being too popular and becoming generic.

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easy rock listening, nothing outstanding.

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Just What I Needed, Don't Cha Stop, Bye Bye Love Cutting Edge: My Best Friend's Girl Overall Notes: I knew a little about the Cars (ie just Shake It Up) but I'd heard that they were one of the most underrated New Wave bands by the mainstream, despite the fact that I wasn't a huge fan. Sure enough, this was not very good on first listen, mostly because of what I feel to be fairly laidback vocals. However, repeat listens uncovered sublime little bits of guitar, base, and drums that elevated the album from a 2 to a 3. Don't think I'm in Touch with Your World got away though, that track is HORRID.

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Classic hits. Good background/driving music

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Agradable, letras sin complicaciones

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Nice and jammy, some songs had queen vibes for me. Casual, definitely from the late 70's, liked it, but not crazy abuot it.

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Nothing really jumped out at me. Maybe I was too afk doing work, but it really just sort of... melded into the background. Nothing like a Dave Brubeck that really captures your attention.

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Okay. Quite good, but not what I expected

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It was fine. One or two jams.

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Noting it is a strong 3… a fun ride… hehe

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Don’t like but good

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urgh it's gonna be new wave, I just know it. Ok yea it is, but it's got a bit more rock in it than later new wave. I'd still prefer this genre didn't exist but I'll give this 3/5 cause it's so short and didn't drive me up the wall in that time.

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3.5/5 i'll have to relisten

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undeniably a classic with tons of great hooks and radio hits that have been huge forever, but I'm just not a big new wave guy

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Just What I Needed might be my favorite song off of the album. So far the album feels upbeat and full of joy. The odd background synths overlaid over strong guitar riffs and consistent high hat rhythms are very neat. In touch with your world - has a really lovely groovy guitar lick as the song opens. Whimsical noises really add to the instrumentation of the song. A whistle is included as is a metronome sound? Shimmering synths chime in and out in a gorgeous fashion. -You're all I've got tonight - driven by drumset. Power chords by lead guitar. Vocally fairly simple. -Moving in Stereo has a fun and bright background synth melody

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6/10

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Proto-post-punk, some een beetje te classic rock.

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I know i've listened to this once or twice in 2020 or 2021. Decent power pop album.

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Not a favorite of mine, the genre. The hits are decent. Highlight Tracks: 1,2,3,6

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alright

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Some fun new wave. This list does have a lot of new wave, this is somewhere in the middle of the previous ones

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liked this album more than i thought, not my favorite though

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persoanlly it hasn't aged that well, but still good for what it is

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expect 3. not offensive not terrible.

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Das Cover WARUM?!?! Sehr tight, ganz lustige pop-rock nummern, ironisch überspitzt öfters mal. Im vergleich zum gestrigen Album sehr easy listening, gut für eine AUTOFAHRT geeignet xD Rocky Horror hört man manchmal, und klingen irgendwie wie die Vorfahren der Viagra Boys auf 80er. hat mir überraschend irgendwie getaugt - hab mich allerdings einen Tag später an kein Lied erinnern können, darum nur mittelmaß

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Started strong, I was really enjoying the album, but it started to lose me, maybe it's my attention span this morning. Where's my ritalin?

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Favorites: Good Times Roll, My Best Friend's Girl, Just What I Needed, You're All I've Got Tonight, Bye Bye Love, All Mixed Up

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Maybe I need to give it another listen but this album seemed to blur into one long bland classical rock track. Good in general but nothing stood out to me.

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Good this. I bet Partridge is a fan. Good driving music. I might buy driving gloves. Vegan ones obviously. Well done everyone. Cook Pass Babtridge.

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You might say - The Cars remind me of the guy who begins a fuck with lots of promise but then pulls back at exactly the wrong moment, forcing you to resort to your fingers to finish the job. -but I wouldn't.

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Throwing a toaster into a bubble bath full of toddlers isn't normally how I get to spend my weekends, but on those special occasions when the stars align and there's a certain magic in the air, I will find myself doing exactly that. I've never questioned why I have such a desire to do it, it must just be hard wired into me from when I was growing up. My parents always seemed fairly relaxed and my household was full of life and joy interjected with the occasional blazing row. This was only because we love eachother and I'd imagine it was pretty typical of most nuclear families in the 70s. Every few weeks I would beg my mother to allow me to have a sleepover with my school friends, to which she would reluctantly agree. I remember playing all day, eating junk food and just having such a laugh. We would play in the fields behind the house until dusk, but this would often lead to us being covered in a musky cocktail of sweat and mud by the time we were done. Mum would send us all up to the bath and we would all jump in together, like we were celebrating an FA Cup triumph. I would usually insist that I was clean first and would leave the bath having barely got my armpits damp. I would head into the kitchen, unplug the toaster and run back upstairs. The other kids were still lathering eachother up, having a great time and I just casually tossed the toaster in, killing them all instantly. I remember the feeling of overwhelming happiness coursing through me. Such a thrill. We buried the bodies in the same fields we had played in just hours before and didn't mention it again. The police found no evidence and we were free to do the same thing again and again without anyone becoming suspicious of the children going missing at our house or the sheer volumes of toasters my family was purchasing. More innocent times.

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in the world of cars this album would be a ford focus. straight down the middle. not particularly fast, but not slow. not particularly good looking, but not hideous. not particularly economic, but not a gas guzzler. not particularly interesting, but not boring. not particularly cool, but not a ssanyong. just middle.

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Catchy tunes, but a bit dated

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Kachow! This was fine.

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This was close to being good. Some good tracks just not a fan of the vocal style. Also think I'm going to have nightmares about the crop of the album art that Spotify decided on...

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Overall groovy vibe, probably would have enjoyed this more if I was jamming out to it at the time of release

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Niet zo speciaal

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Lightweight, poppy, not stood the test of time. Was very enamoured of this record as an 18 year old mind.

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I mean...yeah, I get the appeal. You can definitely see why this album has a lot of nostalgia for the Boomer and Gen X crowds (at least, based on what some folks have told me). It's a fun album. Solid addition to this list. Can't say it's an automatic five-star for me but it's absolutely worth a listen. Fave track: Just What I Needed. How could it not be? It was just what I needed.

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p415. 1978. 3 stars I knew the singles, but never listened to the album. This is good stuff - quality power pop, echoes of Blondie. The singles are the standout tracks, the rest is well done but not memorable. Short and sweet, still holds up today.

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This sounds like the year it was released. Perhaps a Holden Gemini

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A lot of hits here. I get why people like The Cars but it's just too poppy for me. Iconic though.

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Apparently the bass player (deceased) was not the sharpest tool in the shed, but they sure had a great sound together. I wish they had just kept cranking out the albums. This is the sound of the early eighties and the beginning of MTv. Iconic. I only really enjoy the first three songs on the first side. Ah, the days of albums when you could bury the crap on the second side. The bigger your hits off the first side, the smaller the chance that anyone would ever bother to play the second side. The Cars used to rehearse and record in a storefront in Boston.

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A nice listen

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A step away from the prevalent disco of that era. The promise that was all the best of 80s music.....

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no more albums by men society has progressed past the need for albums by men

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Kinda boring. Too pop-rock-y

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Cool transition record from 70s rock to 80s rock, but too heavy with hits and has a hard decline after that

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Not many individual highlights. Good album but did not catch my attention during the first listen.

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Pretty generic classic rock, didn't feel like there was anything super special about it.

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Forgettable

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This sounds very of the era to me, perhaps its why its on this list. Its not something I personally would seek out and listen too again. I can appreciate the popy and catchy songs for what they are. Perhaps I am just a simpleton but this album like a few others did not surprise me in anyway. Perhaps I am not understanding the purpose of the list. Top 3 Bye Bye Love, You're all I got Tonight, and Good Times Roll 2of5

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Grand, some decent songs on it but not sure if I'd bother listening again.

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This album impressed me like Thatcher scares tories. Didn’t do much for me

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The Cars es una banda estadounidense de rock que surgió de la escena new wave a finales de los años 1970, proveniente de la ciudad de Boston, Massachusetts. Liderada por Ric Ocasek, y conformada además por Benjamin Orr, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton y David Robinson, se formaron a mediados de los años 1970 en pleno despegue punk; en 1977 consiguieron un contrato discográfico con Elektra Records y en 1978 lanzaron su primer disco, el cual hemos escuchado este fin de semana. Decir que el disco tiene una música muy pegadiza, típica de la new wave. Los temas están muy bien hilados y es un disco que se puede escuchar pero sin grandes pretensiones. Los mejores temas desde mi punto de vista son Good Time Roll, You're All I've Got Tonight y Bye Bye Love. De los demás se puede destacar también My Best Friend's Girl y Just What I need. Quizá me resulta un poco pesado el uso escesivo de los sinetizadores porque considero que a veces están poco metidos de re-lleno, sin ir al compás de la música. 2,5 / 5. Disco Correcto, sin más.

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Thought I would like this, but apart from the obvious hits, I wasn’t enjoying it very much.

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Hit and miss. Some of the quirkier ones hit the mark but most is mor bollocks.

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The voice is is cloying on about half the songs.

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Disappointed to say the least! I misread this as the Corrs and was beside myself with excitement only to find out it was the bloody cars!

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Not my cup of tea, per se. This record just doesn't inspire a strong reaction from me: it's just kind of inoffensive, middle of the road. There's not much here that would make me stand up and notice. I can appreciate the meticulous production and radio-friendly songwriting, though. There's something about it that feels exceedingly well-crafted, but lacking any particularly stirring artistic vision or compelling expression. The lyrics are particularly boring. Favourite track: "Just What I Needed"

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Tough one to rate. I can sense the innovation, very tight new wave rock. For some reason, I was getting a sonic connection point between the Cars and Queen, but that might be a little off. "Just What I Needed" has an insane build up to the chorus, and I'll love them for that, but overall I was uninterested with the music halfway through the album. Fav Track: "Just What I Needed" Rating 2.5/5

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i don't have high expectations looking at the tracklist. first song sounds okay. second song: can't ever stand clapping in songs, wonder why that is. well, i'm done. there wasn't anything special about this album. nothing stood out. but it wasn't awful so, a 2 it is.

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NOt so great

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Not as bad as I first would have thought Some pretty good tunes. You're all I've got tonight was catchy

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What may have been interesting and innovative at its time doesn't always translate into good music today. It all sounds really bland and boring and the songs tend to drag on (not so much because they're so long, but because they're so uninteresting).

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I was transported back to the 80s, where I starred in a movie, sitting through Saturday detention, stealing the Ferrari belonging to my friend's Dad, or being forbidden to dance within city limits, and this was my soundtrack. A pleasant enough listen, but nothing very interesting.

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I better liked the movie.

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It was okay, nothing really stuck out though.

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Two classic songs that I never knew were by this band. Drummer is a g but everything else is just ok. For the time era I can see how it’s a classic but it’s just not for me.

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ну я не дослушал, чот всё понятно стало к третьему треку уже

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Meh

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Perus kasarijurnutusta. Eipä tästä paljoa irti saanut. Esim Modern Lovers teki saman huomattavasti tyylikkäämmin. Toisaalta ei tämä myöskään mitään Talking Headsia ole. Menevämmät kappaleet olivat jopa paikoin ihan hyviä mutta negatiivisen puolelle valahtaa arvio.

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Ei vakuuttanut. Laulajan ääni ärsytti vähän liikaa ja soitantakaan ei oikein maistunut. Jumittelevaa pre-kevyt-punkia tms.

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I've never liked the singles from this album, so I'm basically evaluating how much the deep cuts redeem it. I'm in Touch With Your World is better, but definitely a more lowkey track, not something to bank on as a salvation. Don't Cha Stop is pretty obnoxious, like the big hits. Moving in Stereo is the best song on here, sounding like if Brian Eno had never left Roxy Music. All Mixed Up continues in this vein but also adds some Queen-like vocal harmonies. So there are three tracks on here that move this from a low 2 to a high 2. Not a statistical change, but it makes me dislike them less, I guess.

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Erinnert mich an eine Mischung aus Franz Ferdinand und teilweise Queen...nur langweiliger

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reisst mich gar nicht vom hocker, 08/15 rock‘n‘roll

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doesn´t do much for me, only like the last song, maybe because it was the last song

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It’s fine… another rock album. Did nearly every song need a call and response vocals though? That was annoying as hell.

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This debut by The Cars is as ok pop rock album with fun poppy tunes and some new wave instrumentation. It has good guitar riffs and nice vocals, but sounds mid most of the time. "Just What I Needed" is somewhat a classic, but one at the very botton of the list of late 1970s pop rock classics.

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Where are the bangers everyone is talking about?

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2 1/2

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bem meh música de rádio, sei lá não é muito minha vibe 2/5

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Never cared for these guys - wimp rock.

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Ekkert stórvirki, rann í gegn mjög óeftirminnilega. Ekkert hræðileg samt.

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I don't know any music by The Cars so this was my first time hearing them and I am not impressed.

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Bad Queen tribute band

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Dog shit

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Absolute rubbish

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Crap

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Nah

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Boring

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Seriously!? This is an album I should listen to at all, let alone before I die?

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I decided at the start of this to listen to every album from beginning to end. I regret that now. I guess you had to be there, but with hindsight this feels like a really overly commercial, uninteresting album.

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