Nexterday





You have to give Ric Ocasek credit for writing some amazingly memorable pop songs. As the former singer and songwriter for the Cars, he gave us a mountain of radio gems, ranging from "Shake It Up" to "My Best Friend's Girl". After taking some time to produce music for artists including Weezer and Le Tigre, Mr. Ocasek is back with a brand new batch of tunes ready to set loose on a whole new generation of fans. The new album, Nexterday, is classic Ocasek. He still has plenty of irresistible hooks to fill up the record, making his latest offering a toe-tapping treat. For example, "Bottom Dollar" doesn't stray far from his winning formula with the Cars, adding just enough flavor with electronic drum beats to take his sound to the new millennium. His catchy-as-hell melodies are just as strong as they were in the '80s, proving that his songwriting has maintained its timeless quality. Another great track is "Don't Lose Me", with a slightly more aggressive (well, aggressive for Ocasek) guitar riff that leads up to a fantastic soaring chorus. One of the album's finest moments is "Please Don't Let Me Down", with a melodic line that gives a musical nod in George Harrison's direction. This album offers little surprises, but that is not a bad thing in any way whatsoever. Ric Ocasek is comfortable and confident in his own sound, tweaking his style just enough to appeal to those who may not have been old enough (or even born yet) to get into the Cars. Nexterday proves that Ric Ocasek has plenty of badass pop song left in his already brilliant career. He describes this album best himself in the song "Bottom Dollar", when he sings: "Bet your bottom dollar, you're gonna feel alright." Isn't that what great pop music is all about anyways?

Ric Ocasek
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Nexterday