This is not a reunion — it’s more like a conjunction.” That is how singer-guitarist-songwriter Ric Ocasek of the Cars describes Move Like This, the New Wave band’s first studio album in 24 years. “I never thought I’d make another Cars record,” he claims, citing “the past, personalities and Ben’s passing away” — the death in 2000 of bassist-singer Benjamin Orr.
But a year ago, Ocasek — a producer and periodic solo artist — found himself with new songs, “a lot of which I liked,” he says. “It dawned on me: ‘What if I called the guys? They’ll do the best job, because they already know the whole thing.'”