A return to form after the departure that was 1980's muddled Panorama, The Cars' Shake It Up bursts forth with a rich assembly of synthesizers, drum machines, electronic blips and catchy melodies that make it an early '80s pop staple. Known the world over, the famous title track proves the band's arrangement skills were in perfect shape and set the stage for a record overflowing with memorable hooks and complementary rock riffs. Shake It Up also plays witness to primary songwriter/vocalist Ric Ocasek's increased cynicism and biting wit. While the Cars never took a rosy-eyed view of romance, the songs here impart a newfound sense of sympathy, regret, limbo and reservation. The beauty of the Cars – and all 10 tunes here – is that the music suggests something else entirely. Such subliminal emotions and dynamic contrasts act as a magnet, and the band plays as if it's in on the secret.