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Review :: Media
Review: Quick Change World, Studio CD by Ric Ocasek
28 Nov 2007
OK to reproduce in entirety with credit to author.
Quick Change World
Studio album by Ric Ocasek
Released September 28, 1993

Ric Ocaseks Quick Change World (1993) is some of his best music ever. That is a very meaningful statement, because Ric Ocasek has created a lot of music over his lifetime, and the vast majority of it has been excellent, if not superb. This CD is a perfect example of dedicated musical talent, defined of course by the apparent and actual Need of the artist to create, whether to popular acclaim or not. I have always been amazed at the quality of Rics solo work, and the relative lack of airplay it met. Much of the music by the band The Cars is still being played, and the fact that Ric Ocaseks prolific solo work has been relatively overlooked made me aware of many things, not least of which is this: radio leaves a lot to be desired, and always has. One more reason to love the internet.

Being a fan of Ric Ocasek is a very nice thing, because we are never disappointed. As well, there are many fireballs of surprise for future listeners once the news of Mr. Ocaseks solo work becomes known to them. His collaborations and productions also include many next generation bands, such as Weezer's Blue Album & Green Album (both multi-platinum). Ric Ocaseks influence runs wide and deep throughout the musical world, and this influence is now measured not in years, but in Decades.

So. As far as Mr. Ocasek is concerned, Music Happens, and not only is this process ongoing, Rics music also grows, continually getting better and better and better. Unlike many older musicians attempting to make comebacks, it can be said without doubt that Ric Ocasek never left us, and for those lucky enough to be privy to this fact, I say run, don't walk, and get Quick Change World as soon as possible. I would be surprised if you have not already.

Most, if not all of the music by the group The Cars was actually Ric Ocaseks sound, therefore many new listeners to much of Rics solo work find the two indistinguishable, and they can of course be forgiven. Quick Change World sounds a lot like a new Cars album to those who are hearing it for the first time, and several people I have discussed the CD with have agreed, except that the newer solo compositions are even more developed than The Cars' music, if such a thing is possible. Unlike certain stark departures that took place on CDs like Beatitude, Quick Change World seems to be a refinement and development par excellence on the characteristic and signature music of this oh-so talented musician, Ric Ocasek.

From Riding Shotgun (My Favorite), with its ever distinctive vocals, and further developed musical sounds (The guitar work rips), to the impressive Hopped Up (car car car got a red red car...), and all others on this CD, Quick Change World is eminently listenable, and not to be missed.

Quick Change World
Studio album by Ric Ocasek

Track List:

1. "The Big Picture"
2. "Don't Let Go"
3. "Hard Times"
4. "A Little Closer"
5. "Riding Shotgun"
6. "Feeling's Got to Stay"
7. "She's on"
8. "I Still Believe"
9. "Come Alive"
10. "Quick Change World"
11. "What's on TV"
12. "Hopped Up"
13. "Help Me Find America"

Released September 28, 1993
Recorded Electric Lady Studios
Genre New Wave
Label Reprise
Producer Ric Ocasek

Other Solo works by Ric Ocasek:

1982 -
This Side of Paradise
1986 -
Fireball Zone
1990 -
1996 -
The Next Right Moment
1997 -
1997 -
2005 -


Review by Bill Gallagher

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