Well, it only took 24 years. The Cars (sans bassist Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000) re-formed last year and now are on the brink of releasing the first collection of new material since 1987's Door to Door. Much like Devo's 20-year gap between Smooth Noodle Maps and last year's Something for Everybody, the time away has been healthy for Ric Ocasek and his band.
Ocasek has since established himself as a successful producer with countless credits including Weezer's Blue Album and Green Album, a Guided by Voices record that only diehards can enjoy, Bad Religion, No Doubt, and Suicide. And, especially in the past decade, a ton of albums that had nothing to do with him mimic the Cars' polished synth-pop, infectious beats, and his forceful, cocky vocal style. Get a piece of that pie, guy!
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Upon first listen, it's an immediate relief to hear that Ocasek's voice has weathered the years well. As for the new-wave trappings of their past releases, these are songs that will fit right along with their existing material for reunion shows. "Hits Me" probably won't even require a switch of keyboard effects. If LCD Soundsystem hadn't just quit playing live, they'd be a wise tour pairing, and "Blue Tip" seems to be a bit of an homage of James Murphy's past homages. And yes, all of the Strokes/Killers comparisons that went the other way in the past are still in effect here.