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The Cars (album) by The Cars

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The Cars
The Cars by The Cars (1978)
Overall rank: 355th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 577 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 1978 (5th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (93rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (355th)

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 577 votes)
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95/100
From culwin
When your first album sounds like it could be a Greatest Hits album, you know you did something right. "In Touch With Your World" is the oddball of the album, but still a good song. That and "All Mixed Up" are the requisite slow songs amongst a party synth rock album. The Cars set the bar high with their debut album and although they still had a lot of other good songs, were never able to match this near perfection.
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From junodog4
There's a reason this is still a radio staple. Timeless, uncomplicated rock.
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From caseygow
Soooo great!! This is basically a greatest hits album.
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80/100
From Ashmark
A good time!
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85/100
An incredible debut album.
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75/100
One of the problems of having great singles is that becomes hard to have a great album, and this is what happens in this album.
"Just What I Needed" and "You're All I've Got Tonight" become great classics right after first audition
and the rest of the album despite never being bad, also never comes the quality of these songs.
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100/100
If it were a weight-loss album, you would have to say there isn't an ounce of fat on this sucker. Every song is catchy, the solos are short and sweet, the amount of unusual keyboard sounds and guitar effects are outstanding. They made a rod for their backs with this one, as it was hard to live up to it again. Both Orr and Ocasek sharing vocals as always adds to the interest.
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If you like this album, be sure to listen to The Cars ‎– Live At The Agora 1978!
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From corenfro
The new wave albums are the best albums from this year in my opinion. It truly was the "new wave" because after listening through the "BEA" lists from 1950 - present, this 1978 list is cluttered with derivative-sounding albums, and this and Elvis Costello sound much more fresh than the other already-established artists who are doing the same old thing.

I can't say New Wave is my favorite thing ever, but it certainly beats out what the other artists on the 1978 list are doing as far as originality.
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From Ben4
A very under appreciated album in my opinion. Basically every song is a classic.
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