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*** Ric Ocasek, "Troublizing," Columbia.

September 07, 1997|Sandy Masuo

Produced by Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan, the former Cars frontman's latest effort is a fetching mixture of vintage synthesizers and grinding guitars, new-wave polish and post-punk grit. Crisp instrumentation and soft harmonies coalesce in "Hang on Tight," and the title track blends a supple tune and edgy rock with a faint Western tinge--"Candy-O" at home on the range. A match made in heaven.

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