GHS 2022 Beatitude
Produced by Ric Ocasek
Released on 1982
US CHART POSITION #28
Find it at GEMM
GHS 2022 cover
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T he cold, Kraftwerkian album that Ric (maybe) always wanted to make. As downbeat as Shake It Up was upbeat, Beatitude has confounded those who expected another bouncy ride with The Cars. It’s a strange, gloomy, paranoid record much of the time, as if all of Ocasek’s dark energy stored up since Candy-O was allowed to seep back out and be illuminated in blacklight. Like Kraftwerk, the instrument of choice here is synthesizer, and Ocasek doesn’t sing so much as talk/sing, which makes for mechanical pop music: “Connect Up To Me,” “Take A Walk.” The Cars came at you like a rush of adrenalin, Ocasek at his best on Beatitude ambles toward you like an off-kilter robot. The big hit here is “Something To Grab For,” The Cars in low gear, which would also describe “I Can’t Wait.” Then there’s Ocasek’s tale of good kids gone bad, “Jimmy Jimmy,” a nod to the white god Bowie (“Prove”), the super cool “A Quick One,” a typical Hawkes/Ocasek hybrid in “Out of Control” and the alienated ending of “Time Bomb.” The more I listen to Beatitude, the more I like it, but it’s still a slight disappointment for me, given how great The Cars’ music was. Nothing on here reaches the sublime heights of “Since You’re Gone,” the great melodies seem in shorter supply, and Elliot Easton’s guitar never arrives to save the day. What you’re left with is a good album, lukewarm and antiseptic, that suggests Ocasek was more krautrocker than rock & roller.

GHS 2022 back cover GHS 2022 lyric sleeve
GHS 2022 back cover GHS 2022 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. JIMMY JIMMY    4:52
  2. SOMETHING TO GRAB FOR    3:42
  3. PROVE    3:54
  4. I CAN'T WAIT    3:41
  5. CONNECT UP TO ME    4:25
  6. A QUICK ONE    3:37
  7. OUT OF CONTROL    (Ric Ocasek/Greg Hawkes)    4:54
  8. TAKE A WALK    4:37
  9. SNEAK ATTACK    3:54
  10. TIME BOMB    4:59

    All songs written by Ric Ocasek unless noted

CREDITS

RIC OCASEK -- guitar, keyboards, voice
STEPHEN GEORGE -- drums
STEPHEN HAGUE -- keyboards
DARRYL JENIFER -- bass
Akio Akashi -- bass (6)
Steve Cataldo -- voice (3)
Antonia De Portago -- voice (1)
Deric Dyer -- saxophone (3)
Roger Greenawalt -- guitar
Greg Hawkes -- keyboards
Casey Lindstrom -- guitar (2)
Miss Linn -- drums
Fuzzbee Morse -- guitar, keyboards
Jules Shear -- voice (3)
Ian Taylor -- engineer
Bob Carlos Clarke -- cover and sleeve photos
Jeri McManus -- graphic layout
Boo Topeka -- symbols

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1982 Geffen LP/CS GHS/M5-2022 lyric sleeve
UK/NET 1982 Geffen LP GEF 25282  
CAN 1982 Geffen LP XGHS 2022  
JPN 1982 Geffen LP 25AP-2492  
US June 13, 1997 Geffen Goldline CD 2022  

 

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