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The Carsí 1979 Sophomore Album a Must-Hear New-Wave Classic!
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How did the Cars move beyond their smash 1978 debut and secure their status
as one of musicís leading bands for years to come? Look no further than the
quadruple-platinum "Candy-O". Continuing along the streamlined pop paths of its
predecessor, the sophomore effort is preoccupied with desirable women that are
as mysterious, sexy, and cool as the groupís musicóand the recordís pin-up
With rare exception, few new-wave artists enjoyed much of a career outside of a
one-hit wonder. "Candy-O" proves the Cars were anything but. Itís loaded with
minimalist atmospherics, pulsing bass lines, catchy refrains, and labyrinthine
synthesizers that stick in your mind for days. And while retaining a simplicity
thatís a Cars hallmark, the album also takes myriad stylistic detours: the
glam-rock accents of "Dangerous Type," a song whose title references the
recordís mysterious and lusty matter; the percolating riffs of the contagious
title track; the dizzying garage-rock nature of the upbeat "Got a Lot on My
Mind," complete with a tooting Farfisa organ. Nothing drags or feels out of
Through it all, vocalists Benjamin Orr and Ric Ocasek keep their heads about
themselves, singing in direct albeit detached tones that convey the tension,
excitement, and risky promise inherent in the lyrics. Hook-laced choruses
abound. Yet all is not what it seems.
"Hooks are mechanical by nature, but the affectlessness of these deserves
special mention; only listeners who consider 'alienation is the craze' a great
insight will find much meaning here. On the other hand, only listeners who
demand meaning in all things will find this useless. Cold and thin, shiny and
hypnotic, it's what [the Cars] do best--rock and roll that is definitely pop
without a hint of cuteness." ĖRobert Christgau, The Consumer Guide
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1. Let's Go
2. Since I Held You
3. It's All I Can Do
4. Double Life
5. Shoo Be Doo
7. Night Spots
8. You Can't Hold On Too Long
9. Lust For Kicks
10. Got A Lot On My Head
11. Dangerous Type