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Move Like This
Move Like This
is the seventh studio album by American rock band The Cars, released on May 10, 2011. The album is their first since 1987's Door to Door and the first without bassist and vocalist Benjamin Orr, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2000.[3][4] The album reached the top ten of the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart;[5] a single from the album, "Sad Song", reached number 33 on the Billboard Rock Songs
Rock Songs
chart.[6] Following the release of the album, the band launched an 11-city tour of North America.

Contents

1 Background 2 Release and reception 3 North American tour 4 Track listing

4.1 Best Buy edition 4.2 iTunes edition

5 Personnel 6 Chart performance 7 References 8 External links

Background[edit] Move Like This
Move Like This
is the first reunion of The Cars
The Cars
to feature original lead singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist, and co-producer Ric Ocasek since their 1988 split. In 1997, Ocasek told a journalist that the band would never reunite: "I'm saying never and you can count on that."[7][8] A partial reunion of the band occurred in 2005 when keyboardist Greg Hawkes and lead guitarist Elliot Easton
Elliot Easton
toured with singer Todd Rundgren, drummer Prairie Prince
Prairie Prince
and bassist Kasim Sulton as "The New Cars"; neither Ocasek nor Cars drummer David Robinson participated, and the Rundgren lineup split following two years of touring.[8] According to Paste magazine, Ocasek said that he was "amazed at how we clicked when we got back together."[9] Exclaim!
Exclaim!
has noted that The Cars' Facebook
Facebook
page featured a picture of producer Jacknife Lee, "which suggests that he will be producing the new album."[10] According to Rolling Stone, Lee produced five of the songs from the album; The Cars
The Cars
themselves produced the others.[11] The Cars
The Cars
did not add a new bassist to the lineup to replace Orr; instead, the album's bass parts were programmed or performed by Hawkes and Lee, with Hawkes playing a bass once owned by Orr.[11] While Ocasek and Orr split vocal duties on past albums, Ocasek sings lead on all the tracks from Move Like This.[11] In a Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
interview, Ocasek said, "I was aware that on half of the new songs, Ben would have done better than I did. But we never wanted anybody from the outside."[11] Orr was given special thanks in the liner notes: "Ben, your spirit was with us on this one."[12] According to Billboard, the album was recorded in engineer Paul Orofino's studio in Millbrook, New York.[8] Additional recording sessions were held in Los Angeles.[11] The title of the album comes from a line in the song "Too Late"; one of the working titles for the album was Sharp Subtle Flavor.[13] Ocasek decided to title the album Move Like This
Move Like This
as a reference to the band's reputation for not moving around very much onstage.[14] Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Aggregate scores

Source Rating

Metacritic (68/100)[15]

Review scores

Source Rating

Allmusic [2]

The A.V. Club (B)[16]

The Guardian [1]

IGN (7.5/10)[17]

Rolling Stone [18]

Spin (5/10)[19]

The Tune (3.6/5)[20]

In October 2010, the band released a one-minute clip of "Sad Song" and a 73-second sample of another track from the album, "Blue Tip", on their Facebook
Facebook
page; a snippet from a third track, "Free", was later posted on the band's page.[8][21] FMQB
FMQB
described "Free" as a "return to the classic Cars sound that fans know and love."[21] On February 17, 2011, the band posted the full video for "Blue Tip" on their Facebook
Facebook
page.[22] The first single, released in March, was the track "Sad Song".[3] Exclaim!
Exclaim!
magazine comments that "[d]espite the title and lyrics, it doesn't sound particularly sad, as it contains a cheery beat and a catchy mix of synths and guitars."[10] Move Like This
Move Like This
was released on May 10, 2011, and debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
albums chart.[23] The album received generally positive reviews from critics: in a three-and-a-half star review, Rolling Stone praised the "skillful restraint" of the band and Lee's production work, describing the album as "taut, sleek, seamless, [and] efficient".[18] The A.V. Club awarded the album a "B" rating, praising the "catchy" "Blue Tip" and "Sad Song", and noting the latter song's similarity to "My Best Friend's Girl" from the band's 1978 debut.[16] Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
rated the album four out of five stars, describing the album as "as bright, infectious, and tuneful as the Cars at their prime."[2] Spin, however, granted the album a 5 out of 10 rating, criticizing the "clunkiness" of Ocasek's lyrics.[19] NPR's Elizabeth Nelson called Move Like This
Move Like This
a "fine new album" and singled out "Blue Tip" as "an incandescent pop gem" with a "brilliant" musical structure and "an absolutely relentless sing-along chorus".[24] North American tour[edit] Main article: The Cars
The Cars
North American Tour Spring 2011 In April 2011, the band announced a North American tour to support the album.[25] The 11-city tour began May 10 in Seattle
Seattle
and concluded May 26 at the House of Blues in Boston.[26] The performances and set lists were met with mixed reviews: The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter
reviewer Erik Pedersen found Move Like This
Move Like This
to be a "surprisingly good" album but described the May 12 Hollywood Palladium show as "icy" and unenthusiastic.[27] San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
reviewer Jim Harrington described the band's performance at Oakland's Fox Theater as "incredibly flat and dispassionate", but praised the band's "solid" musicianship.[28] Songs performed on the tour include Move Like This
Move Like This
tracks "Blue Tip", "Keep on Knocking", "Sad Song", "Free", "Drag on Forever" and "Hits Me", as well as material from the band's 1970s and 1980s albums.[27] On the tour, Orr's bass parts were performed by Hawkes on keyboard and bass; the vocals on songs originally sung by Orr ("Just What I Needed", "Let's Go" and "Moving in Stereo") were performed by Ocasek.[27] Track listing[edit] All tracks written by Ric Ocasek, except where noted[12].

No. Title Producer Length

1. "Blue Tip" Jacknife Lee 3:13

2. "Too Late" The Cars 4:01

3. "Keep On Knocking" The Cars 3:52

4. "Soon" Jacknife Lee 4:23

5. "Sad Song" Jacknife Lee 3:38

6. "Free" Jacknife Lee 3:17

7. "Drag On Forever" The Cars 3:37

8. "Take Another Look" The Cars 4:46

9. "It's Only" The Cars 3:01

10. "Hits Me" Jacknife Lee 3:51

Best Buy edition[edit]

No. Title Length

11. "One by One" (demo version) 3:52

12. "Hits Me" (demo version) 3:40

13. "Rocket USA" (demo version) (Vega, Reverby) 5:04

This enhanced CD also has videos for "Sad Song" and "Blue Tip".[12] "Rocket USA" is a cover of a 1977 song by the American band Suicide, from their self-titled debut. iTunes edition[edit]

No. Title Length

11. "Blue Tip" (demo version) 2:58

Personnel[edit]

The Cars[12]

Ric Ocasek
Ric Ocasek
– lead and background vocals, guitars, keyboards Elliot Easton
Elliot Easton
– guitars, background vocals Greg Hawkes – keyboards, bass guitar, guitars, background vocals David Robinson – drums, percussion, background vocals

Additional personnel

Jacknife Lee – additional bass[11] Mixed by Rich Costey Digital Engineer: Charlie Stavish Mastered by Vlado Meller

Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6 and 10

Produced by Jacknife Lee Engineered by Sam Bell Assisted by Chris Owens and Vanessa Parr Editing by Jared Scott

Tracks 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9

Produced by The Cars Engineered by Stephen George Assisted by Paul Orofino

Chart performance[edit]

Album

Chart Peak position

Billboard 200
Billboard 200
(US)[5] 7

Billboard Top Rock Albums (US)[5] 2

Singles

Single Chart Peak position

"Sad Song" Billboard Rock Songs
Rock Songs
(US)[6] 33

References[edit]

^ a b Sullivan, Caroline (May 5, 2011). "The Cars: Move Like This
Move Like This
– review". The Guardian. Retrieved June 3, 2011.  ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. " The Cars
The Cars
- Move Like This: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 3, 2011.  ^ a b Blau, Max (February 4, 2011). " The Cars
The Cars
Share Reunion Album Details". Paste. Retrieved February 7, 2011.  ^ Hogan, Ed. "Benjamin Orr: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved February 7, 2011.  ^ a b c " Move Like This
Move Like This
- The Cars
The Cars
- Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved February 19, 2012.  ^ a b " Move Like This
Move Like This
- The Cars
The Cars
- Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved February 19, 2012.  ^ Tijs, Andrew (February 5, 2011). "New Album
Album
For The Cars
The Cars
Gets Release Date". undercover.fm. Retrieved February 7, 2011.  ^ a b c d Herrera, Monica (October 21, 2010). " The Cars
The Cars
Reunite for First Album
Album
in 23 Years". Billboard. Retrieved February 7, 2011.  ^ Stiernberg, Bonnie (November 1, 2010). " The Cars
The Cars
to Release First Album
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in 23 Years". Paste. Retrieved February 7, 2011.  ^ a b Hudson, Alex (February 4, 2011). "The Cars' New LP Gets Release Date". Exclaim!. Retrieved February 7, 2011.  ^ a b c d e f Fricke, David (February 16, 2011). "New Wave Heroes the Cars Roar Back on Reunion Record". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 19, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011.  ^ a b c d Move Like This
Move Like This
(CD (Best Buy edition)). The Cars. Hear Music. 2011.  ^ Matheson, Whitney (December 8, 2010). " The Cars
The Cars
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The Cars
'Move' On Without Tension, Nostalgia and Deceased Bassist". Spinner (website). Retrieved May 19, 2011.  ^ "Metacritic: Move Like This". Metacritic. Retrieved June 3, 2011.  ^ a b Hyden, Steven (May 10, 2011). "The Cars: Move Like This
Move Like This
Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 3, 2011.  ^ Grischow, Chad (May 10, 2011). "The Cars: Move Like This
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Review". IGN. Retrieved February 19, 2012.  ^ a b Rosen, Jody (May 6, 2011). "The Cars: Move Like This". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 14, 2011.  ^ a b Wood, Mikael. " The Cars
The Cars
'Move Like This': Buckle up, it's a bumpy cruise down '80s Avenue". Spin. Retrieved June 3, 2011.  ^ Kasko, Jordy (May 8, 2011). " Album
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Survey 05-08-11: The Cars' first album in 24 years, EMA scores high, and Man Man is weird". The Tune. Retrieved February 18, 2012.  ^ a b " The Cars
The Cars
Ready To Move In May". FMQB. February 4, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011.  ^ Mapes, Jillian (February 18, 2011). " The Cars
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Reveal First Video, Release Date for 'Move Like This'". Billboard. Retrieved February 19, 2011.  ^ " Billboard 200
Billboard 200
albums chart". Billboard. May 28, 2011.  ^ Nelson, Elizabeth (September 9, 2011). "The Cars: Out Of Nowhere, An Incandescent Pop Gem". NPR. Retrieved September 30, 2011.  ^ Blau, Max (April 4, 2011). " The Cars
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Announce North American Tour". Paste. Retrieved May 19, 2011.  ^ Adams, Gregory (April 1, 2011). " The Cars
The Cars
Announce North American Tour, Play Toronto". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 19, 2011.  ^ a b c Pedersen, Erik (May 13, 2011). " The Cars
The Cars
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The Cars
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External links[edit]

Move Like This
Move Like This
- Official Website

v t e

The Cars

Ric Ocasek Elliot Easton Greg Hawkes David Robinson

Benjamin Orr

Studio albums

The Cars Candy-O Panorama Shake It Up Heartbeat City Door to Door Move Like This

Compilations

Greatest Hits Just What I Needed: The Cars
The Cars
Anthology Shake It Up & Other Hits Complete Greatest Hits The Essentials Classic Tracks The Elektra Years 1978–1987

Singles

"Just What I Needed" "My Best Friend's Girl" "Good Times Roll" "Let's Go" "It's All I Can Do" "Double Life" "Touch and Go" "Don't Tell Me No" "Gimme Some Slack" "Shake It Up" "Since You're Gone" "Victim of Love" "Think It Over" (UK only) "You Might Think" "Magic" "Drive" "Hello Again" "Why Can't I Have You" "Heartbeat City" (UK only) "Tonight She Comes" "I'm Not the One" "You Are the Girl" "Strap Me In" "Coming Up You" "Sad Song"

Other songs

"I'm in Touch with Your World" "Don't Cha Stop" "You're All I've Got Tonight" "Bye Bye Love" "Moving in Stereo" "All Mixed Up" "Candy-O" "Night Spots" "Dangerous Type" "Panorama" "Cruiser" "Blue Tip"

Concert tours

North American Tour Spring 2011

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