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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Another Cars Classic',
After their fantastic debut album this record had a lot to live up to! For me though this is very nearly as good an album as that debut. Singles 'Lets Go' and 'It's All I Can Do" are typical Cars. Quirky and catchy both are easily up to the standard of anything on the first album. 'Nightspots' is also a bona-fide classic punchy, rocky yet with that commercial edge that the Cars managed to embody in all of their best records. The other single from this album 'Double Life' was a strange choice as a single and is perhaps one of the lesser tracks on offer here but if you can resist the powerful title track you are a better man than I. If you liked the first album you will like this so BUY IT!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid 2nd album - review with some audiophile info,
Candy-O would always have trouble justifying itself against the band's assured debut - how many "difficult 2nd albums" have there been, after all? But I like it - it has a lot of strong songs and a sense of personality and 'consistent whole' that the band would find hard to relocate until "Heartbeat City" in 1984. Even when the music fails to inspire, Ric Ocasek's angular, impressionistic lyrics are always a delight.
Highlights for me are "It's All I Can Do", "Double Life", the classic segue of "Shoo be Doo"/"Candy-O", the almost deliberately ironic mechanized feel of "Nightspots" and "Lust for Kicks" with its woozy synth sounding like it's had a little too much to drink. Lyrically "Got A Lot On My Head" is pretty much any young man's status report and the band deliver a frenetic backing to Ocasek's typically concise lyric.
I agree with the other reviewer's comments about Roy Thomas Baker's production on this album being less open than "The Cars" from the preceding year. There's a massive amount of midrange energy in David Robinson's snare drum that tends to clobber the listener over the head and rather hides the genius in the songs. Interestingly enough, RTB would change his studio approach for the band's next album, "Panorama", which sounds a lot less claustrophobic. This CD, badged as "US import" by Amazon, was mastered by Joe Gastwirt in 1999 for HDCD and is pretty faithful to the original master tape (as much as any of us can tell). It is manufactured in the U.S.A. by Warners. For UK listeners, it's a big improvement on the Strawberry-mastered vinyl that Elektra released here in 1979 and has a lot less dynamic range compression than, say, the Steve Hall 1997 remaster of "It's All I Can Do" for The Wedding Singer film soundtrack. I have to say though, that for once the compressed version actually sounded better to me - a terrible admission!
There are no lyrics in the booklet, so those with previous editions of the album may want to hang on to those if you're upgrading to the superior sound quality of this 1999 CD.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... album does not date with time it just gets better still one of the best rock new wave bands ...,
this album does not date with time it just gets better still one of the best rock new wave bands to come out of america.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantaistic second album,
This review is from: Candy-O (US Release) (MP3 Download)
Bought the original vinyl when it was released and have lovet this album ever since. I especially love Candy - o.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark II,
'Candy-O' was a critical flop on its release in 1979, due mainly to being an inferior imitation of The Cars' superb debut album. It didn't stop the band's commercial progress in the US, however, even though it made little impact in the UK. It's most glaring weakness is the lack of a killer track, although the epic closer, 'Dangerous Type', comes close. The title track and 'Got A Lot On My Head' are good rockers, while 'Since I Held You' and 'It's All I Can Do' are the best pop items. The slightly reserved 'Double Life' is also a highlight. The worst track is 'Let's Go', not only the first track, but also the first single from the album. This is one of the most tepid and uninspired recordings they've made. Moreover, although Roy Thomas Baker again produced the album, the sound lacks the appealing vastness of the first album. A good album, nearer three stars than five, but worth investigating if you're a fan of the debut.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Model!,
The first vinyl picture disc was..on the 1st album 'The Cars' Mark 1!
'My best friend's girl' Listen to this while looking at the front cover! Mark 2!
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