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Shake It Up

The Cars

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By 1981, The Cars were huge stars on both radio and MTV. When a Cars tune erupted from the speakers, it was time to put the top down and motor out of the city. The band seemed like an antidote to the rock-radio roundelay of Journey, Genesis, and Foreigner. Here on The Cars' fourth album, you'll find killer guitar-synth radio singles (“Since You’re Gone” and “Shake It Up,” which was, surprisingly, the band’s first hit to enter the American Top 10), but it’s the deeper tracks that give the album staying power. “I’m Not the One” mixes machines and guitars with unlikely subtext of breakup sadness; the simple power chords and synth blips of “Cruiser” make for a wonderfully oddball art-pop ditty. The beat abstractions and spellbinding soundscape of “A Dream Away” could pull you into a kind of highway hypnosis. Some of the production choices by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Alice Cooper) date things (see the herky-jerky “Think It Over"), but any song here is good enough to transcend the sonic novelties.

Customer Reviews


This album is good. The best tracks are I'm Not the One, Maybe Baby, Since You're Gone, and Shake it up in that order.

The non-hits are actually better than the hits

Underrated album. The title track is great, but the other "hits" of "Since You're Gone" and "I'm Not The One" are quite average IMO. What I love is all of what used to be called Side 2 in the days of vinyl. From "A Dream Away" to "Maybe Baby" is a seamless set of 4 great tracks just like the close of their debut album. And thank you iTunes for FINALLY putting the FULL albums up for purchase, not just a song here and there. Hooray!

Gata have cars!

I love the cars. if picking one song pick shake it up! if looking for only the best check out the cars complete greatest hits.


Formed: 1976 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s, '10s

Blondie may have had a string of number one hits and Talking Heads may have won the hearts of the critics, but the Cars were the most successful American new wave band to emerge in the late '70s. With its sleek, mechanical pop/rock, the band racked up a string of platinum albums and Top 40 singles that made it one of the most popular American rock & roll bands of the late '70s and early '80s. While they were more commercially oriented than their New York peers, the Cars were nevertheless inspired...
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