Shake It Up by The Cars

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Shake It Up by The Cars
Shake It Up by The Cars

Album Released: 1981

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1.Since You're Gone3:30
2.Shake It Up3:32
3.I'm Not The One4:12
4.Victim Of Love4:24
5.Cruiser4:54
6.A Dream Away5:44
7.This Could Be Love4:26
8.Think It Over4:56
9.Maybe Baby5:04

Reviews

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.

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by Reviewer: Creative Noise


Mmkay, dinky New Wave is better than the pseudo-art/pop of Panorama, but aside from the awesome opening trio of songs (all the singles off the album, pretty much), there ain't a whole lot to be happy about here.

Side One also has the not-bad-but-kinda-goofy "Victim of Love", and generic riffer "Cruiser". Side Two sounds like a bunch of Panorama out-takes. In other words, dull.

2½ stars

by Reviewer: Cole Reviews

After the experimentation of the band's previous album Panorama (which I really don't think was too bad), The Cars’ fourth album finds them returning to their more accessable pop style.

Even so, Shake It Up still can't reach the heights of their 1978 self-titled debut. Indeed, there are moments that it sounds a bit by-the-numbers, especially with "This Could Be Love". But then there are times when the band shows they still have that quirky, imaginative, and catchy side, best demonstrated with the likes of the title track, and the very sweet “I’m Not The One”, as well as the slightly harder rocking "Cruiser" and "Think It Over".

The opening "Since You're Gone" is also pretty good, and very Cars-flavoured, but I can't help thinking that Ocasek has moments on that song when he's trying to sing like Bob Dylan. He'd do better choosing someone else to parody.

Overall, Shake It Up remains a fine pop album, and one that might've been seen as exceptional if done by someone who hadn't shown such consistent class earlier in their career. Unfortunately for The Cars, they spent the majority of their career working in the shadow of their wonderful debut, and were never really able to live up to it.

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by Reviewer: The Doctor