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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Ric Ocasek has been changing the face of pop music for nearly 30 years. His incredible musical odyssey began in the late ?60s and includes opening shows for the MC5 and the Stooges, producing some of the most seminal artis... more »
Ric Ocasek has been changing the face of pop music for nearly 30 years. His incredible musical odyssey began in the late ?60s and includes opening shows for the MC5 and the Stooges, producing some of the most seminal artists of our time (including Weezer, No Doubt and Le Tigre) not to mention a decade-long stint leading The Cars, whose never-ending string of platinum albums and Top 40 hits helped define the post-punk and new wave eras, selling over 25 million albums and creating a blueprint for many of today?s most popular bands. Now Ric is preparing to influence a whole new generation. Nexterday is full of the irresistible hooks and soaring choruses that have made him an icon to so many. Not one to simply stick to formula, Nexterday showcases his unmatched talents as a songwriter, from the darkly twisted "Crackpot," to the heartbreaking melody of "I?m Thinking," to the playful synths (and unshakeable hook) of "Bottom Dollar." Nexterday is the first release on Ric?s new imprint through Sanctuary, Inverse Records.
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Michael W. from ELMHURST, IL
Reviewed on 12/11/2006...
Ocasek's best album.
Jason Stein | San Diego, CA United States | 10/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ric did it his way on his sixth solo cd. He made the album quickly with hardly any production gimmickery on 8 track. I admit that I thought it a little strange that Ric became an A&R man for a major recording label recently. I believe he was originally going to release "Nexterday" on that label. Things must have fallen apart, and Ric quit the label and took his album to Sanctuary for distribution and release. Good move!
"Nexterday", despite what others are saying here, has similarities with all of his previous solo cds: Beatitude (1983), This Side Of Paradise (1986), Fireball Zone (1991), Quick Change World (1993) and Troublizing (1997). There are several songs that ape The Cars sound of yore such as the first single "Bottom Dollar", "Don't Lose Me", "Come On" and "It Gets Crazy". All of which should and could be top 40 hits. Other songs like "Crackpot", "Carousel" and "Heard About You" offer an alternative direction for Ric, pushing his musical muse in a more exploratory arena. If I'm not mistaken, "Silver" seems like it was written about the death of Benjamin Orr, former Cars bandmate.
Overall, "Nexterday" is pretty good considering Rick is about 56 years old, has already proven himself as a cornerstone of new wave/punk music, influencing many current artists. So, one might ask how this compares to his previous solo work, or his work with The Cars. In terms of his solo material, this is pretty good, though all of his albums are that way. I think I liked "This Side Of Paradise" best. Of course, I do not believe any of Ric's solo work has overshadowed anything he did with The Cars, particularly "The Cars" (1978) and "Heartbeat City" (1984).
If you are a rabid Cars and Ocasek fan, this will not disappoint, and you should check it out. Newer fans might want to start with The Cars, but "Nexterday" is still a good place to begin and work back from."
The Cars' Ric Ocasek Is Back - Finally!
Kent D. Bentkowski | Buffalo, New York USA | 09/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In his first mainstream solo album since 1997, Cars frontman Ric Ocasek is back, finally! While somewhat removed from the sound of the Cars and early solo album oeuvre, Nexterday is more reminiscent of the progression that would have existed had the Cars continued on into the 21st century. On that front, the song COME ON is the closest thing here to the original sound to The Cars. And, this is because of the the presence of Greg Hawkes, Cars keyboardist, and frequent collaborator with Ric on his various solo albums.
Still in all, Ric's quirky lyrics and vocals remain, and even though the guitar sound has been dialed back considerably from the fuzz-out of 1997's Troublizing, Nexterday sounds closer to that album than any of his previous solo outings. And, that is NOT a bad thing!
True fans of Ric and The Cars will also be interested in searching out the bonus track GOODNIGHT LITTLE ONE, which is a lullabye to his four year-old son Oliver, who also came up with the album's title, as the little boy searched for a word to describe tomorrow. The word Oliver Ocasek came up with was NEXTERDAY.
Enjoy these songs, while all Cars fans wait patiently for the forthcoming DVD THE CARS: UNLOCKED, which is slated to be released in time for the holidays. More information on this can be found on ricocasek.com."