CK 67962 Troublizing
Produced by Ric Ocasek and Billy Corgan
Released on September 9, 1997
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I ’m wondering how deep I can get into a review of Troublizing without mentioning Billy Corgan and the answer is apparently 14. Ric Ocasek has always been a slick monster, but these days Billy is the more elegant vampire. And all of today’s stylish vampires are tomorrow’s bloodsucking uncles with few exceptions. Troublizing is Ocasek’s attempt to cash in on the 90s alternative market. As new wave icons, The Cars laid the foundation for some of this, Ocasek helped architect the success of Weezer, and Corgan is one of the movement’s leading voices. In other words, it’s something of a signed, blank check he’s cashing. Actually, I’ve been waiting for Ric Ocasek to get back into the race for years now. Unfortunately, that race was run by the time Troublizing got out of the gate, and Ocasek was no longer on the card. Critics reviewed it, some applauded, but the masses didn’t buy it. What they missed is a stylish slab of alternative music from a lost icon. Troublizing deserves the same ovations as the recent work of Bob Mould, Frank Black and the perennial Iggy Pop. The opening track especially nails it, and I’m willing to take it on faith from there that Ocasek knows where he’s headed. Billy Corgan produces and plays on half of it, but honestly it’s not the better half. The high points for me are “The Next Right Moment” (quite possibly better than anything on Beatitude or Fireball), the rich kashmir feel of “Troublizing” and the lullaboy/girl electropop of “Hang On Tight.” The Corgan Effect occurs before a single note is played, the imprimatur of resurrection. Otherwise, he’s more of a distraction on Troublizing, especially on the closing “Asia Minor,” written by Corgan and appearing as a kind of “hidden” track that serves as a curtain call for the supporting actor.

CK 67962 back sleeve
CK 67962 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE NEXT RIGHT MOMENT
  2. HANG ON TIGHT
  3. CRASHLAND CONSEQUENCE
  4. TROUBLIZING
  5. NOT SHOCKED
  6. SITUATION
  7. FIX ON YOU
  8. PEOPLE WE KNOW
  9. HERE WE GO
  10. SOCIETY TRANCE
  11. ASIA MINOR    (Billy Corgan)

    All songs written by Ric Ocasek unless noted

CREDITS

RIC OCASEK -- vocals, guitars, keys, photography
MELISSA AUF DER MAUR -- bass & vocals
BRIAN BAKER -- guitars
BILLY CORGAN -- vocals, guitars & keys
IRA ELLIOT -- drums
GREG HAWKES -- keyboards
MATT WALKER -- drums
Michael Barbiero -- mixing
Ron Saint Germain -- engineer
Neil Perry -- engineer
Gail Marowitz -- art direction & design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN September 9, 1997 Columbia CD CK 67962  

 

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