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This is what The Cars might have sounded like in 1997 had they gone back to their roots and recorded an album whose sound owed more to nostalgia than art school. Back in the late '70s, Ric Ocasek had made known his love of the band Suicide, so there is lots of winningly self-styled postpunk, sparse electronic sounds, and glam here. “The Next Right Moment” swimmingly blends cinematic soundscapes and crushing guitars, while pathos and Cars-esque outsiderisms dovetail on “Crashland Consequences” and “Here We Go.” The irresistible “Hang on Tight” and “People We Know” are every bit as good as his old band’s “It’s All I Can Do," even with Ocasek’s man-in-a-machine emoting in place of golden-voiced Cars man Ben Orr. The Cars proved that no one was better at toe-tappingly backdated-futurist pop than their songwriter Ric Ocasek—and here, even production by Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan couldn’t bring anything to the table that Ocasek hadn’t already thought of or used before. This is Ocasek’s best solo album; think Coney Island Baby–era Lou Reed gone pop.

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good music that will be under judged

the problem with this is the lyrics are like the cars when they first wake up in the morning. people don't usually look at more than just the melody of the lyrics. the instruments are very good and will be over shaddowed for that. i give it a 4/5 because out of all 5 or so instruments just one struggles. that is the voice. good music.


Born: March 23, 1949 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although he's best known as the leader, singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter for the Cars, Ric Ocasek has also produced for a wide variety of other artists over the years. Born Richard Otcasek in Baltimore, MD, on March 23, 1949, Otcasek was 16 when he became interested in music via such early rockers as Buddy Holly & the Crickets. In the early '70s, Otcasek moved from Cleveland to Boston and began playing in a folk band called Milkwood with friend Ben Orzechowski. They released a lone, forgotten...
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Troublizing, Ric Ocasek
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Jun 13, 1997

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