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The Cars

The Cars

1978

The Cars

Album Summary

The Cars is the debut studio album by American rock band the Cars, released on June 6, 1978, by Elektra Records. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker, the album spawned the singles "Just What I Needed", "My Best Friend's Girl", and "Good Times Roll". It peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard 200 and has been certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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Rating

3.58

Votes

5483

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
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Tue May 18 2021
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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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

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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Sun Jan 03 2021
5

Classic. Great songs and sounds.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
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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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

A great one from my youth.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Wall to wall bangers.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
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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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
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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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Straight jams back to back.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
5

Groundbreaking and fun. Perfect little album.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Already listened! A personal favorite

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Let the good times roll

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

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

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Thu May 06 2021
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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Thu May 13 2021
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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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

Every track is a banger

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Thu Jul 08 2021
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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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Perfect timing, since I was fantasizing about a smokin' Phoebe Cates coming out of the pool and removing her top. So I guess you could say this was...just what I needed.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
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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Fri May 07 2021
3

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

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Fri Jul 02 2021
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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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

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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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

4-5

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Never knew about these guys. Pretty good!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

The cars sound like the cars

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

The cars. Yes

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Didn’t realize I knew so much about Cars

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Great!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
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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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

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

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

A good 'un.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Exceeded my expectations.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
5

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

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Tue Jun 01 2021
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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Fri Aug 13 2021
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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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

One of the classics, so many good tracks.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
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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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

September 17, 2021 Love them.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
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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Fri Sep 24 2021
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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Wed Sep 29 2021
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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Wed Sep 29 2021
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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Wed Oct 06 2021
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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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

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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Tue Nov 09 2021
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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Tue Nov 09 2021
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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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Superbe album got hooked from the start

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

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

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Outstanding one of the best ever!

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Classic.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

So fast so good

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

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

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

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

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

A gem.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

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

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Sat Jan 15 2022
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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Tue Jan 25 2022
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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Sat Jan 29 2022
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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Thu Feb 03 2022
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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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

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

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Tue Feb 22 2022
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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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

I remember this album well. I was 15.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

Wore out my vinyl copy of this when I was young. What an album!

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Mon Mar 07 2022
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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Thu Mar 10 2022
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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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Amazing. This is an all-timer.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Love this album, My mom says I hated it as a kid but I don't remember that.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
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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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

For a while this was one of the few vinyl albums my housemate and I owned, and it would get a lot of spins. Plays like a greatest hits album, and brightens the mood instantly. Love the sound of this album.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

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

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Can't go wrong with new wave.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

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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Mon May 09 2022
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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Tue May 24 2022
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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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

10/10 - really good new-wave I can't decide what my favorite song is, probably the one that's everybody's favorite: Just What I Needed anyway, just an all-around really great album honestly don't have any complaints, can't wait to hear their other stuff, hope it holds up to this

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Excellent

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Very impressive debut full of hits.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Nice classic rock album, first 3 songs are hits. The rest are pretty good too! Nice summer album

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Way more singles off of this than I had remembered, good nostalgia listening.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Great album!

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

Fantastic rock album. Each song in the first half can be a hit in its own right, with the second half more experimental. The synth and harmonies paired up with their straight rock n roll sound makes this such a classic and it many way timeless as almost a first pop punk album, closer to early 2000s rock than contemporary albums.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Sami jebeni hitovi

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

Has there ever been a stronger collection of songs on a debut album....a truly remarkable effort. 5 🌟

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

I’ve loved this album since I discovered it as a pre-teen. It has been unusual in that with the move to digital and streaming music I consistently continue to mostly listen to the album in its entirety. I really miss hearing the songs in context when they are played individually. This album is a keyboard/synth masterpiece. As every song ends I anticipate the next one and to not hear it is a real disappointment. Just seeing the cover fills me with happiness. I’m shocked to read that “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” was never released as a single! And shocked that only the first three songs on the album were. There are at least three more that I would have sworn were also singles. I’ve never tired of listening to this album and likely never will. The Cars has been on my personal soundtrack for most of my life. I don’t expect that to ever change.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

I love this album. The Cars have a unique sound among popular bands of their era. Every song on this record is so good. So good.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

The Cars...cool!

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

Heartbeat City was one of my absolute favorite albums when I was a teen. I was less familiar with this one, but many of its songs are well known classics to me. I really enjoyed this trip to their origin point! It does feel like they helped create the sound of the 80s by going beyond guitar-bass-drum rock. "Moving in Stereo" really feels like we're there already.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Car go vroom

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

What a fun album. So much energy and each track flows with a purpose. I've found it really hard to decide between giving this a 4 or a 5 but I think it has to be the 5. There's no real weak spots on here and it sounds miles ahead of his time. I'm really excited to give this a bunch more listens.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Ah, this put a smile on my face. Was it the joyous cover art, the sentimental associations with roller discos c.1981, or the perfectly produced opening tracks (the 3 singles) that illustrate the best aspects of late 70s-early 80s pop rock? Right up there with Split Enz for integration of synths & guitars, variety of sounds, great harmonies/backing vocals. The rest of the album was all new to me. Even more variety, including some more experimental sounds, glued together with the same attention to detail in all aspects of production. And of course, those instantly recognisable lead vocals.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Not one bad or even mediocre track on this album. Fantastically put together. Near perfect album.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

This album is special to me, as it was a "game-changer" musically for me and exposed me and opened my eyes and ears to music other than radio-friendly pop/rock rut I was stuck in. This has to be considered one of the finest debut albums of the 70's and introduced me to New Wave and keyboard sounds I has previously avoided. Every track is fantastic and The Cars never quite captured the magic of this record on their other releases. Seems ironic that radio play and music videos kept the band popular following the first album. The only essential album you need to hear from The Cars is The Cars!

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Love it

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Great Record. Fun Use of Stereo! So many classics on one album.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Power pop pinnacle. Starts hard and just doesn't stop. A joy from ignition until that moment when they roar off into the sunset.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

I do like The Cars. This is a great album with 3 of their best songs. Good Times Roll, My Best Friend's Girl, You're All I've Got Tonight, Bye Bye Love, and Just What I Needed are amazing. Damn this album is good.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

-S Tier- Good Times Roll My Best Friend’s Girl Just What I Needed I’m in Touch with Your World Don’t Cha Stop You’re All I’ve Got Tonight Bye Bye Love Moving in Stereo -A Tier- All Mixed Up AVG SCORE: 4.89 / 5.0 - - - Not only is there not a single skippable song on this album, this is one the closest albums to musical perfection as far as I’m concerned. Absolutely transcendent.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

very awesome

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

back to 80s!

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Just so many hits. Should be up there on the global list of top 10's

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

This is the type of album i expected to hear everyday. So many great songs that have transcended time.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

5/5 - One of those all killer, no filler debut albums (the worst song is probably I'm In Touch With Your World, which is still a cool sounding song). File It Under: Massachusetts Weirdo Dork Rock Bands

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

This album is so much better than I recalled. It still sounds fantastic from a production point ov view. Great pop rock. Probably a 4.5 but I feel generous today.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

5/5

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Tue Sep 15 2020
4

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

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Everything the 80s got right

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Some classic dad rock anthems on this jawn

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Tue Nov 10 2020
4

Good album, fun band.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Fri Dec 11 2020
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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Wed Nov 11 2020
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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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

A lot of classics on this album

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

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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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

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

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Tue Jul 06 2021
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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Tue Feb 16 2021
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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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

What a great, great album.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Really fun rock album with several classics.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 17 2021
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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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Knew more tracks on this than I thought!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

fuck yeah

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

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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Tue Jul 13 2021
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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Mon May 31 2021
4

classic

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

honestly a banger

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

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

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Lovely album, every song flowed nicely and connected to eachother

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

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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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Rock indie

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 30 2021
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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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

groupe culte musique pour road trip ils portent bien leur nom

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

70s pop rock at its chart-topping peak

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

I enjoyed these tracks

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Buen disco siendo de los setenta recuerda a los ochenta

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Never heard of em before. Very pleasant surprise

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

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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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

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

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Fun, enjoyable, rhytmic rock.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Está divertido

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 08 2021
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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Thu Apr 22 2021
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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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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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Thu May 06 2021
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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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

decent

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

actually liked it a lot! v nice

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Sat May 15 2021
4

unerwartet moderner Hardrock und Synth für die Zeit

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

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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Mon Apr 12 2021
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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Wed May 12 2021
4

🎸🎸🎸

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

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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Wed May 26 2021
4

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

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Thu May 06 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 02 2021
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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Wed May 26 2021
4

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

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Wed May 12 2021
4

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

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Wed May 19 2021
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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Tue Jun 08 2021
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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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

new wave go brrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Mon Jul 26 2021
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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Wed Jul 28 2021
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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Sat Aug 07 2021
4

Amazing songs

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

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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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

yeah this one slaps

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

Really liked it!

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Sat Aug 21 2021
4

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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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

What a debut

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

Basically every song is a hit. Impressive debut album.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

my first rock album, i give it a solid 3.5

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 29 2021
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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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

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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Sun Oct 03 2021
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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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

Surprisingly enjoyable. Strong songs.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
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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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

I liked it, it was unexpectedly nice.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Really impressive debut album!

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Thu Nov 18 2021
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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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

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

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

I love it!!

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

didn't expect to dig this so much

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

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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