The Cars -- Heartbeat City


As Published in the Dead Air Diary April 1984

Their worst effort to date. Though it's somewhat a departure from the "Cars sound" (perfectly defined in their debut) it's as anomyous and boring as Loverboy. The temptation is to blame it on producer "Mutt" Lange, but when guitarist Elliot Easton trades in the Fripp-like guitar lines of Shake it Up (their second best album) for the borrowed Duran Duran and Jefferson Starship guitar on this record, then you know where the main problem lies. It's great for a band to reorganize it's sound, but horrible when they steal everybody else's.

--Jim Connelly

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