Sad to say, New Used Car leaves me cold. Yes, there is some tasty guitar work on this CD, some fine playing, but nothing really stands out and captures my attention. If Sue Foley is basing the appeal of this CD on the songwriting and the singing then I think it’s a miss. She is portrayed as a blues guitar player and there’s not enough guitar featured to make up for the weak songwriting.
Personally, I think all of the best blues songs have already been written. Why reinvent the wheel? If you’re mainly a guitar player sing the classics and dazzle us with your playing. If you are going to write songs at least try to go above and beyond the old cliches.
I think it is stretching when you rhyme “real” and “feel” not in one song but two. Or how about this one? “Now look right through me, come on and sock it to me.” Sock it to me? Didn’t they used to say that on Laugh-In? The last song (and probably the only song) to use that phrase was Mitch Ryder’s “Sock It to Me Baby.” The title cut is the usual double-entendre car metaphor. Yeah, yeah we’ve heard it before like in Muddy’s “I’ll Put a Tiger in Your Tank.”
Many of the songs are derivative or an outright lift; as in the Stones “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” outro riff played note for note in the title cut. “Do It Again” reminds me of “Beast of Burden” also by the Stones. “Found My Love” channels Bo Diddley’s “Mona.”
When one of the few things on a CD I can latch on to is the simulated scratchy record sound on the beginning of “Sugar” I think something must be missing.