83903-2 Nexterday
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Released on September 27, 2005
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K ronomyth 6.0: DIY DRACOOLA, DIY. Ric Ocasek, doomed to walk the earth as an outmoded idol in an eternally hip world, has spent the last two decades producing other artists and releasing infrequent albums that are only slightly behind the latest trends. Troublizing tapped the early 90s alternative market (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins), Nexterday nicks the early 00s guitar/drums stripped-down rock revival of The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Vines, The Hives, The Cars, you see how these things work themselves out. Just as “The Next Right Moment” showed a change in direction, the opening “Crackpot” resets the coordinates for primitive cool, and what follows is not Ocasek on overdrive but in underpants, stripped down to guitar and drums and letting it all hang out. In a world where guileless stylelessness is the latest style, Nexterday’s 8-track world is fashionably frugal. These are demos with a dress on and some lipstick, standard verse/chorus/verse songs that could have come from The Cars or any other number of rock artists (and, in some cases, probably do). Yet Ocasek has never been a songwriter to sneeze at, and Nexterday is a strong enough batch to get me revved up about a Cars reunion. “Crackpot,” “Come On” and “Silver” (which features Greg Hawkes) are already winners, and what remains just needs a little spit and polish from Messrs. Easton and Robinson to sparkle like the second coming of The Cars. You can play spot the source if you want to (“Bottom Dollar” sounds like Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around,” “I’m Thinking” lifts a guitar line from “Pictures of Matchstick Men”), or let Ocasek enjoy Nick Lowe’s immunity for a day and welcome Nexterday as a return to form. Now to find him an actual band to play his songs... I wonder what the rest of Utopia is doing these days?

83903-2 back sleeve
83903-2 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. CRACKPOT
  2. BOTTOM DOLLAR
  3. DON'T LOSE ME
  4. IN A LITTLE BIT
  5. SILVER
  6. COME ON
  7. I'M THINKING
  8. CAROUSEL
  9. HEARD ABOUT YOU
  10. PLEASE DON'T LET ME DOWN
  11. IT GETS CRAZY

    JPN CD reissue bonus tracks
  12. GOOD NIGHT LITTLE ONE
  13. HOPE FOR HAPPINESS

    All songs written by Ric Ocasek

CREDITS

RIC OCASEK -- all other instruments, vocals, mixing, illustrations
Roger Greenawalt -- guitar (11)
Greg Hawkes -- keys (5), acoustic guitar (8)
Darryl Denzizzle Jenifer -- bass
Rob Joanise -- drums (2,7)
Stephen George -- engineer, mixing, drum programming (2)
Iman -- engineer
Ed Sherman -- art direction
Frank Veronsky -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US September 27, 2005 Inverse/Sanctuary CD 83903-2  
JPN December 21, 2005 BMG CDX BVCM-41044 w. bonus tracks

 

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