Label: Elektra - 7559-60296-2,Elektra - 9 60296-2 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: Europe • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop
Coming off the less-than-classic Shake It Upthe Cars decided again to change things up, this time moving from their home studio in Boston to London to record with Mutt Lange.
The producer was coming off a string of sleek modern hits, most recently Def Leppard 's Pyromaniaand the Cars put themselves in Lange 's capable and demanding hands. They spent six months in the studio painstakingly putting the album together, sometimes spending days getting the right bass sound or vocal take. The bandmembers were rarely in the room at the same time and instead of using live drums on the record, Lange and David Robinson put together drum tracks using samples of Robinson 's playing.
This sounds a bit like the recipe for a airless, stale album, but much like PyromaniaHeartbeat City is a gleaming pop masterpiece.
The producer's golden touch, the strength of the songs Ric Ocasek wrote, and the stunning vocal performance both he and Benjamin Orr deliver make the album one of the best of the '80s and something that still sounds Stranger Eyes - The Cars - Heartbeat City many years later.
It's a near-total reboot of the Cars ' sound, giving them a thoroughly modern upgrade while still retaining enough of the DNA from their early hits to keep it a Cars album. Songs like "You Might Think" and "Magic" have the power chords and chugging rhythms, "It's Not the Night" has the dramatic emotion, and "Looking for Love" has some chirpy new wave in the verses, Stranger Eyes - The Cars - Heartbeat City most of the album takes the band to new places.
The title track is moody Stranger Eyes - The Cars - Heartbeat City pop with smooth synth pads and a crooning vocal by Ocasek"Stranger Eyes" is basically a mash-up of Def Lep and the Cars with the Poison Headache - Poison Headache of a few wonderfully corny synth sound effects, and "It's Not the Night" is pure AOR balladry that sounds like it could have been on Foreigner 4another record Lange produced.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. The Legend Of 1900: Playing Love - Yo-Yo Ma, Ennio Morricone - Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone Late Night Partying.
Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date March 13, Track Listing. Hello Again. Ric Ocasek. The Cars. Looking for Love. Stranger Eyes. You Might Think. It's Not the Night.
Why Can't I Have You. I Refuse. Heartbeat City. Hello Again Ric Ocasek. Spotify Amazon. Looking for Love Ric Ocasek. Magic Ric Ocasek. Drive Ric Ocasek. Stranger Eyes Ric Ocasek. Keep It Real - The Temprees - From The Heart Might Think Ric Ocasek. I Refuse Ric Ocasek. Heartbeat City Ric Ocasek.
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