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The Cars - Candy-O (1979)

As far as its style is concerned, The Cars' second album is pretty much the same as the band's wonderful debut, except there's a bit more by way of crashing guitars and running keyboards, along with a certain amount of experimentation, which would be expanded further with their next release, Panorama.

As a result, Candy-O is perhaps not in the same class as The Cars. The opening "Let's Go", with its 1-2-3-4 chant, is a natural hit, and "It's All I Can Do" is lovely (once more, Ben Orr's sweet vocals are an asset, although once again they're otherwise under-used), while "Since I Held You", "Nightspots", and the concluding "Dangerous Type" are other highlights.

I also like "Shoo Be Doo", one of the experimental bits. It could be seen as just throwaway filler, but the way it follows "Double Up", and then moves seamlessly into "Candy-O", provides an ideal link. That section of the album works really well.

There's nothing terribly wrong with this record overall. None of the songs are bad. Maybe Candy-O just pales in comparison with The Cars. Certainly, anyone wanting to look into this band wouldn't want to overlook this one, even if the debut is obviously a better place to start.

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by Reviewer: The Doctor

Posted: Monday 29th May 2017 7:56 AM
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Good God, how did Grandaddy make such an incredible leap from average indie/rockers to ... to... THIS?!

If I may be allowed to make another wholly inappropriate Radiohead analogy, this album blows whatever out of the freakin' water. The lyrics are way less pretentious, Jason Lytle's voice is a lot less irritating than Thom Yorke's, there's no stupid-ass 'experimental' guitar noises, and the songwriting is way better.

So, the album begins with "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot", a 9-minute epic that shifts from acoustic ballad to synth soundscape to piano-led despair, all in a very nice manner. On first listen, it seems to overshadow the rest of the album, but after further scrutiny the other tracks distinguish themselves to be just as good.

"Jed the Humanoid" is a particular favorite of mine, a song about an android (or so I figure) that kills itself after its creators stop paying attention to him. And the kicker here is, they're totally unaffected by it (last night something pretty bad happened - Jed's system's dead, therefore so is Jed). The bastards!

There are plenty of other good tracks here, but you can tell I'm not very good at raving about albums I love. Just do yourself a favor and pick this one up, especially if you like those Oxford radio heads.

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by Reviewer: Cole Reviews

Posted: Monday 29th May 2017 1:26 PM
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