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Idling in neutral (and other car-related puns),
This review is from: Panorama (Audio CD)
"Panorama" followed the Cars' hugely successful 1978 debut album and its more adventurous follow-up "Candy-O". However, the well of inspiration was well and truly drying up when they came to record "Panorama".
The songs are pretty much cars-by-numbers and drift by without making much of an impression. Two tracks redeem the album, in my view: "Down Boys" has some of the ferocious energy that enabled what was really a straight American pop band to survive in the post-punk/new wave environment of the late 70s. "You Wear Those Eyes" is was a forerunner to "Drive" and showed that the band could turn in a respectable slowie if they chose to.
Elsewhere, however, things simply don't take off. The title track has to claim the record for most economical use of a single chord - its monotony is almost an art-form in itself!
I'd save your pennies for "Heartbeat City" or their initial brace of albums, unless you're a real die-hard Cars fan.