The Cars: Panorama

Listening to this reminds me of watching the clock during the last 10 minutes of a boring high school English class on a bright spring day. Tick... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Tock ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Tick ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

I needed a break after struggling through the first five songs. I ejected Panorama from the car stereo, and The Pretenders were playing on WTMD. It was a breath of fresh air. Chrissie Hynde's voice was rich, the production was clear, and the song was a pleasure to my ears. In other words, it was everything that Panorama is not.

Music: 1.5 EPFL library cards out of a possible 5
If The Cars were trying to capture what was wrong with new wave, they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Don't bother with this unless you're a fan of boring music, insipid lyrics, bad production, and a complete absence of hooks.

Packaging: 1.5 EPFL library cards out of a possible 5
The cover art is okay, but they completely chintzed out on everything else.

Listen if you like: The unfocused stumblings of decent bands.

If it were food, it'd be: Something I'd never, ever eat again, like boiled steak or microwaved oranges.


bob_vinyl said...

Holy smokes, that was scathing. It's interesting Panorama was so bad that something that is merely good (the Pretenders) could have that effect.

Metal Mark said...

I have Panorama somewhere, but probably have not heard it in almost twenty years.