Hello everyone! My name is Trish Kohut, and I am a lover of all things music. One of my favorite things about music is when you find an album where every song is an amazing piece of a great collection. In this series, I discuss my favorite albums, track-by-track, and why you should check them out. This week’s album was one of my most played albums growing up. Thus, I present to you the self-titled debut of The Cars.
“Good Times Roll”
The album starts off with a chill rock tune written by the late-great Ric Ocasek. It was written as a satirical thought on rock ‘n’ roll’s idea of “good times.” The layered harmonies with producer Roy Thomas Baker are top notch, and the synthesizers by keyboardist Greg Hawkes is also outstanding. Overall, this song is a great introduction to the group.
“My Best Friend’s Girl”
This song depicts something that has probably happened to a lot of people: when one of your friends starts dating your ex. Even though it is about an unfortunate subject, the song is very upbeat. With a quirky hand-clap throughout the song and Ocasek’s stellar vocals throughout, this is a song that will have you singing along.
“Just What I Needed”
Written by Ocasek, this is arguably the most famous and well-known The Cars song. Sung by bassist Benjamin Orr, the lyrics portray the story of the appreciation for a significant other. It includes a fantastic guitar riff and a beat that will have you rocking out and stomping your feet.
“I’m In Touch With Your World”
Written by Ocasek, this is not a well-known Cars song, but it is still a great track. Greg Hawkes adds in many bizarre sound effects, which adds to the creative elements to the song. Although it received mixed reviews from critics, I believe it is a fun and different track that deserves some recognition.
“Don’t Cha Stop”
One of the faster tempo Cars songs, this track features a great piano rhythm throughout. Ocasek presents the vocals on this track in a choppy style; however, it works for the song. It also includes a catchy chorus and a great drum beat.
“You’re All I’ve Got Tonight”
The title means exactly how it sounds—when you are treated terribly by your partner but have no one left to go to. There is a powerful guitar riff with a distorted effect at the beginning of the track, as well as a beautifully done solo by lead guitarist Elliot Easton. The track also ends abruptly, which makes you want to press repeat on this great number.
“Bye Bye Love”
Orr takes back the vocals on this track and details the story of saying goodbye to a unfaithful relationship. This is one of The Cars’ oldest tracks and is a fan favorite. With clever lyrics and a top-notch synthesizer solo by Hawkes in the middle, this harsh but loving song is one of the album’s standouts.
“Moving In Stereo”
One of the band’s more unique tracks, “Moving In Stereo” is the case of band experimenting gone right. The song has an eerie vibe to it and a very unique opening. Orr’s vocals help to add to the mysterious feel. Although this song was never released as a single, it is often a recurring track on the radio airwaves.
“All Mixed Up”
The album ends on a high note with this number sung by Orr. The track details being stuck in a relationship where you are not sure of the other person’s intentions. Hawkes separates himself from his usual keyboard duties and closes the track with a saxophone solo. It is the perfect end to a flawless album.
That’s all for this week’s edition of Eclectic Albums. Tune in next week for our next album review! Also, if there are any albums you would like me to review, don’t hesitate to let me know! Keep rocking, Raiders!