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Exclusive Listen: The Cars' First Album in 24 Years

New Wave legends sound like they never went away

May 3, 2011 9:00 AM ET
Exclusive Listen: The Cars' First Album in 24 Years

Click to listen to the Cars' "Move Like This"

"This is not a reunion — it's more like a conjunction," Cars frontman Ric Ocasek told Rolling Stone earlier this year. He's not kidding around. Move Like This, his band's first studio album in 24 years, finds the New Wave legends sounding almost exactly as they did in their late Seventies/early Eighties heyday. This isn't to say the album is a retread. Ocasek's distinct voice and knack for hooks is front and center, but the sound of the record is slick and modern. Opening number "Blue Tip" has the rich low end of an LCD Soundsystem dance-rock rave-up, while "Keep On Knocking" and "Sad Song" sound like Ocasek has learned a thing or two from having produced hard rocking albums by Weezer and Guided by Voices. Move Like This will hit stores on May 10th, but you can stream the album in full now.

 

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“Bizness”

Tune-Yards | 2011

The opening track to Merrill Garbus’ second album under the Tune-Yards banner (she also plays in the trio Sister Suvi), “Bizness” is a song about relationships that is as colorful as the face paint favored by Garbus both live and in her videos. Disjointed funk bass, skittering African beats, diced-and-sliced horns and Garbus’ dynamic voice, which ranges from playful coos to throat-shredding howls, make “Bizness” reminiscent of another creative medium. “I'd like for them not to be songs as much as quilts or collages or something,” Garbus said.

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