Fireball Zone

Former Cars driver Ric Ocasek is such a cold egghead that on the credits of his third solo album, he names his wife, model Paulina Porizkova, after he thanks his record company bosses. Fortunately, Ocasek softens up during a good chunk of Fireball Zone. With producer Nile Rodgers adding a little bump and grind to the mix, dweeb auteur Ocasek serenades his sweetie in songs like ”The Way You Look Tonight,” conveying the desires and wistfulness one associates with actual warm-blooded humans. And his hooks, particularly on ”Touch Down Easy,” regain the effortless zing of the best Cars singles. The album has its share of the homogenous Blade Runner rock of the latter-day Cars. But Fireball Zone is the encouraging sound of one man trying to break out of the confines of his own mechanized world. B

Fireball Zone
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