Having got Art Pop out their system on the last album, now The Cars go for the pop jugular.
The problem here is it's too light. Not only lighthearted in that Ocasek sounds in parts unnaturally upbeat, especially on the title track, but light in that the band isn't dense. And I for one miss that density - The Cars sound is too loose - I mean, they're tight for any other band, but I like The Cars tight. Take away the darkness and quirky experimentation, and The Cars are suddenly pretty insubstantial.
In the record's defense (it has some good points, or else I wouldn't have given it my rating), the languid ballads "I'm Not the One" and "Since You're Gone" are affecting, and I like the you're so treach-er-ous!
Dylan parody on the latter.
I also think the title track's snazzy, and "Cruiser" has a hard-hitting little riff even if it goes on a little too long. It's no coincidence though that the best song is the darkest: "Could This Be Love?", an obsessive slow-burning number that is The Cars' most blatantly Roxy-iest lift.
Not many people I'd say this about, but I like Ocasek better when he's depressed. Rated:
by Reviewer: Creative Noise