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Ric Ocasek

  • Beatitude [Geffen, 1983] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Beatitude [Geffen, 1983]
They say Ocasek forces it with the Cars, but Shake It Up sounded too relaxed, while this solo effort is tense throughout. And if instrumentally the effect is bracing, vocally it's constipated: only on the avuncular "Jimmy Jimmy" do his affections (not to mention his pretensions) have any roughage to them. B-