Classic: The Cars, Heartbeat City, 1984
It is reasonably fair to assume that an awful lot of people know the track Drive from this album. Yet I also tend to think that those people hardly realize the genius that was (or actually is, they reunited) The Cars.
Led by the talent of Ric Ocasek on song-writing, vocals and guitar, The Cars are a band that manages to combine pop and rock and put in some new wave sounds for good measure. And be highly accessible at the same time! Every track on this CD is proof of that.
From more rocking tunes like Hello Again, You Might Think or Magic, to more mellow songs like Looking For Love, Drive (sung by the late Ben Orr) or Why Can´t I Have you, this is class all over. Also the often witty lyrics of Ocasek deserve to be mentioned. Again Drive or You Might Think being examples.
Other qualities are the vocal harmonies, the clever arrangements and songs that take you places without sounding like something you have heard a million times before.
Also older albums are very much worth your time, the new one I have yet to buy. Timeless!