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Ric Ocasek: Beatitude (Geffen GHS2022)

Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1983

WHY WOULD Ric Ocasek make a solo album? He's the songwriter for the Cars, as well as one of the lead singers. Not surprisingly, Beatitude possesses the same evocative, tightly-constructed sound as his band's efforts. The Cars emerged as a fully-developed entity on their debut LP because Ocasek had obviously spent a long time perfecting his style. So you can bet he's not about to make any radical departures after all that work.

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