Move Like This - The Cars

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 83
    The reunited new-wave icons don't really enchance their legend much on their first album in 24 years -- nor do they disgrace it with such clipped, hook-heavy tunes as "Blue Tip" and the driving "Keep On Knocking." [13 May 2011, p. 63]
  2. May 16, 2011
    The remarkable thing is, for as proudly new wave as Move Like This is, it doesn't feel desperate or cautious: it's as bright, infectious, and tuneful as the Cars at their prime.
  3. May 13, 2011
    They have come remarkably close to achieving the contoured crispness and in-your-face immediacy of their greatest achievement. [Jun 2011, p.79]
  4. May 10, 2011
    Considering how many other bands have tried to make modern versions of classic Cars songs, it's nice to see the original article doing it better than most.
  5. 70
    Move Like This is indistinguishably a Cars album. Not since their breakup in '88 has anyone sounded remotely close.
  6. May 6, 2011
    Long after we thought we'd heard the last from them, the Cars have made their darkest, most romantic album. It pulls you along.
  7. May 9, 2011
    Outside of that immaculate first album, the Cars always made better singles anyway, and that's still true here.
  8. Jun 8, 2011
    Relying on the same classic keyboards and Ric Ocasek's flat-affected vocal eccentricities, Move stands up surprisingly well next to the band's best '80s albums. [May 2011, p.88]
  9. Jun 7, 2011
    Not here the gliding elegance of Drive, but an almost self-conscious rewrite of that brilliant debut's mechanical pop rock. [July 2011, p. 106]
  10. May 31, 2011
    So the bottom line is this album turns out to be about half good, is probably not going to mean much to people who don't remember them, and while it hits all the right notes in places, it doesn't quite deliver any moments of pure pop perfection the way they used to.
  11. May 20, 2011
    Move Like This doesn't so much rebuild the Cars' old engine as take the classic model for a cruise in the country.
  12. May 17, 2011
    Move Like This isn't a failure by any means. It's not the resounding triumph you might have hoped for, either.
  13. 60
    For a band that many hoped might come roaring back from Where Are They Now? purgatory with engines in overdrive, this is bound to be a letdown.
  14. May 5, 2011
    Though they engage with 2011 now and then – the jittery Blue Tip concerns the pernicious effect of the media – Move Like This mainly works as a reminder of (or introduction to) their past.
  15. May 6, 2011
    Compared to the band's clever early hits, the songwriting too often lapses into clunkiness.
  16. May 3, 2011
    Out of retirement -- and on to the hard shoulder. [June 2011, p. 93]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 5, 2011
    The latest from The cars fails to disappoint, it's terrific!

    So many of the so-called professional reviewers giving this album less than an
    8 were not even born when this band was in their prime that the age bias is obvious. It's notable that none of the art in the packaging shows current photos of the band as an obvious attempt to avoid new fans knowing that these guys could be their grandparents. Does it matter? Of course not.

    As far as the music goes, it is clearly a testament to the staying power of the new wave pop The Cars pioneered back in the late 70's and early 80's. Not unlike any other style of music like Rap or Country, if you don't care for this style, you won't like the music.

    As a fan who first loved The Cars back when they debuted, I can say that this album is more than just a nostalgia trip and is worth a listen. The beats and melodies are tight, the lyrics just as obtuse and simplistic as ever - that's a good thing. Just don't look for any mindless, insulting odes to ho's and bottles of the latest flavored spirit here.

    I won't give you a song by song rundown, just listen to the record.
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  2. May 15, 2011
    I was very impressed with this album. I've always been a casual Cars fan and picked up this album hoping for a couple good tunes. I came away enjoying the whole album experience very much though. This album is classic Cars and a fun listen the whole way through. The album kicks off with the great "Blue Tip" and then calms down for the excellent "Too Late". "Keep on Knocking" is a great rock and roll track with a very catchy chorus. "Sad Song" could easily fit on Candy-O and is probably the best song on the album. "Take Another Look" and "It's Only" flesh out the album strong before the underwhelming and probably weakest song on the album "Hits Me" finishes it up. Overall a great record for Cars fans and rock music fans alike. Full Review »
  3. May 11, 2011
    Very relieved to say this album doesn't rely on 'name' or past successes. The songs on here are quite good and the album holds up on it's own. Nice job fellas and welcome back! Having said that, the one thing I'm a bit disappointed is I was expecting to consider this the 'album without Ben'. Instead it's the 'album without Elliot'. Very sad about that, as he was always my favorite ingredient in the Cars songs. He has solos on Keep on Knocking and one 'cough and you'll miss it' solo on Hits Me. That's it. Not nearly enough for a talented player of his calibur. But, still this is a great record. And unlike some other long awaited releases I've purchased, this is one I'll actually be listening to a lot. Full Review »