The Cars are back.
They don't sound old, nor do they sound new. They aint even pre or post anything.
What they are is The Cars.
As Popeye would say 'they is what they is'.
A band who without a shadow of a doubt are, and always will be, one of the glittering jewels in the power pop rock and roll crown.
They created a singularly recognizable sound that is all their own and it doesn't matter if it's 1976 or 2056, the Cars will always be the all American band that will be considered the touchstone for anyone with an interest in contemporary new wave.
It would have been a nightmare to have thought that they could have stumbled after taking such a long break off, nigh on twenty five years since the last studio album, but there's not one stumble on show and no evidence on display to make anyone consider that there ever will.
I doubt anyone will find a Cars fan who is going to be disappointed with this release, and off the back of it I would think their back catalogue will take a bit of a pounding as new fans discover them to.
Skinny ties have never been so cool.