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Move Like This by The Cars
Released: May 2011
The swaggering first 30 seconds of "Blue Tip" recall, no joke, LCD Soundsystem. But once Ric Ocasek's laconic vocals kick in, it's all vintage Cars: that stiff, sardonic new-wave jolt you remember. Their first full-lineup (minus co-frontman Benjamin Orr, lost to cancer in 2000) full-length since 1987, Move Like This keeps the flame: "Sad Song" offers the purest nostalgia (handclaps!), "Drag On Forever" the loopiest lyrical imagery (glockenspiels, ginger snaps). But anything here works, and while it can't approach the transcendence of their early stuff, it doesn't tarnish the legacy.
Rob Harvilla
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