Label: Elektra - 7559-60327-2 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: New Wave, Pop Rock, Synth-pop
Candy-O is the second studio album by the American rock band the Cars. It was released in on Elektra Records. Featuring the Top 20 hit " Let's Go " and the minor hit " It's All I Can Do ", the album charted 15 places higher than its predecessor on the US Billboard at number three as their debut La Movida - Sandy & Papo MC* - Otra Vez. at number eighteen. The album features cover art by pin-up artist Alberto Vargas.
Unlike the first album, Candy-O was created under a more democratic approach. Ric Ocasek said of this, "When one of my songs goes to the band in barest cassette form, we sit around and talk about it. The Sea Refuses No River - Pete Townshend - All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes I'm outvoted, we don't do it.
We almost didn't include ' Double Life ' on the new album, it had been dropped. I think everybody in the Cars is open-minded and creative enough that they would do anything — nobody's holding anything back.
Everybody appreciates the more radical, experimental kinds of music and likes it. But sometimes, when you're put together with five pieces, things are not as minimal as they could or should be. Everybody's developed a unique personal style, and we rely on their input. If they did it, it's good enough.
Most of the songs on Candy-O were written after the release of The Carsmeaning that most of the leftovers from the first album including the popular encore "Take What You Want" were scrapped; " Night Spots ", a reject from the first album, was still included.
For the album, the band once again worked with The Cars - Candy-O producer Roy Thomas Baker. Ocasek said of their relationship with the producer, "Well, some of the things on that first album that we thought were a little slick, we toned down on the second, like on the background vocals. But if we were going to rely on the producer we had hired, there was no reason to try and change him.
On the second album, it was easier to say, 'Roy, let's not do the multi-tracked harmonies this time. The band's label, Elektrainitially wanted to hold back the release of the album, but the band stood their ground. Ocasek said of this, "At first Elektra wanted to hold it back some, but we told them there was no way, because if they were going The Cars - Candy-O hold that back, they were going to hold us back, and we can't just sit around and be held back.
The album re-entered the charts at No. The record was also ranked number 82 on Billboard ' s "Top Albums of the Year" chart for The album cover was painted by artist Alberto Vargaswho was known for his paintings of pin-up girls that appeared in Esquire and Playboy magazines in the s through the s.
The idea to hire Vargas came from drummer David Robinson, the band's artistic director and a collector of pin-ups.
The year-old Vargas had retired several years earlier but was persuaded to take the assignment by his niece, who was a fan of the Cars. Candy-O was positively received by critics. AllMusic critic Greg Prato said that "while the album was not as stellar as its predecessor [ The Cars ] was, it did contain several classics, resulting in another smash album that solidified the band's standing as one of the most promising new bands of the late '70s. Rolling Stone critic Tom Carson said, "It's almost inevitable that Candy-Othe Cars' second album, doesn't seem nearly as exciting as their first.
The element of surprise is gone, and The Cars - Candy-O band hasn't been able to come up with anything new to replace it. Candy-O is an elaborately constructed, lively, entertaining LP that's packed with good things. And it's got a wonderful title. But it's a little too disciplined, a shade too predictable.
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