In honor of this album’s release in Rock Band, as well as it’s apparent 30th Anniversary (John says it is, all I could find on the release was “May 1978”), let’s take a look The Cars’ very first studio album.
The Cars has at least two songs that everyone has heard before; “Just What I Needed,” which is in like every Circuit City ad, and “Moving in Stereo,” famous for that often-parodied scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. These songs serve as nice examples of the dichotomy on this record: pop rock and more psychedelic rock.
Both aspects are present in the album, but I’m definitely more of a fan of their more pop songs. That is not to say that this album should be divided, however. What makes The Cars such a classic is the way they could blend those trippy, arty songs with more down-to-earth, sing-a-long rock and roll. What you get is an interesting blend that is very unusual compared to most albums, in a good way.
The album is a tribute to clever songwriting, production and musicianship. Whether your a fan of new age, hard rock or classic rock you’ll definitely find something you enjoy here. This album is well-deserving, at the very least, of a download in Rock Band.
Favorite Tracks: “Just What I Needed,” “Moving in Stereo,” “Good Times Roll”