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Move Like This, The Cars' first album of new music in many years, is a vibrant and ingenious collection that expertly extends their already extraordinary canon. Retooling innovative art rock, sleek New Wave, and punchy power pop in their own idiosyncratic image, The Cars' groundbreaking sonic approach continues to influence artists and airwaves today. Singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek emerged as a master songwriter with his enigmatic integration of evocative, beat-inspired lyricism with radio-friendly hooks and harmonies, fueling a multi-platinum body of work that includes such indisputable masterpieces as 1978's self-titled debut and 1984's blockbuster Heartbeat City.

Move Like This reveals The Cars to be as creatively progressive and melodically poptastic as ever. Songs like "Blue Tip" and "Free" are invigorating and imaginatively wrought, with all the trademark elements in place, from Ocasek's sardonic, man-machine vocalizing and Greg Hawkes' swirling synths to Elliot Easton's turbo-charged riffing and David Robinson's pop-motorik beats. Brimming with confidence and imaginative energy, Move Like This boasts all the vitality and dynamism of a truly great rock 'n' roll band operating at the peak of their considerable power.

The project's genesis came in the fall of 2009 as Ocasek considered how to proceed with his latest sheaf of songs, his first batch of material since 2005's solo Nexterday. As he debated how to record -- On his own? With a new group of musicians? -- he realized that his best option was the three players with whom he had the most symbiotic relationship.

"I just thought, it's been a long time since I played with these guys," Ocasek says, "but they're the ones that will do the best job. They're the ones that I wouldn't have to explain things to, they wouldn't have to get used to the way I write, they're already inundated with all that. I'll just put out a feeler and see if they'd be interested in doing it."

He reached out to Hawkes, Easton, and Robinson, each of whom was excited at the opportunity to play together again. In October, The Cars convened for rehearsals in bucolic Millbrook, New York, working at both Millbrook Sound Studios and Ocasek's home Broken Beak Studio. After a few days of what Ocasek describes as "brushing off the cobwebs," songs quickly began taking shape, including "Free," "Blue Tip," "Drag On Forever," and "Too Late."

"It totally clicked immediately," Ocasek says. "Everybody got right into it as if we had never stopped playing. After two days I thought, 'Oh yeah, this is going to be cool.'"

 

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