Heartbeat City

The Cars album

Heartbeat City is the fifth studio album by American new wave rock band The Cars. It was released on 13 March 1984 through Elektra Records. It went to number 1 in New Zealand, number 3 in the United States and number 5 in Canada.

Heartbeat City
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 13, 1984 (1984-03-13)
RecordedJuly 1983 – January 1984
StudioBattery (London)
Genre
Length38:41
LabelElektra
Producer
the Cars chronology
Shake It Up
(1981)
Heartbeat City
(1984)
Greatest Hits
(1985)
Singles from Heartbeat City
  1. "You Might Think"
    Released: February 1984
  2. "Magic"
    Released: May 7, 1984
  3. "Drive"
    Released: July 23, 1984
  4. "Hello Again"
    Released: October 15, 1984
  5. "Why Can't I Have You"
    Released: January 7, 1985
  6. "Heartbeat City"
    Released: September 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
The Baltimore Sun4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[3]
Classic Rock9/10[4]
Mojo4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork7.5/10[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[8]
Under the Radar8/10[9]
The Village VoiceB+[10]

Track listing change

All songs written and composed by Ric Ocasek; track 7 co-written by Greg Hawkes

Side one
No. TitleVocals Length
1. "Hello Again"  Ocasek 3:47
2. "Looking for Love"  Ocasek 3:52
3. "Magic"  Ocasek 3:57
4. "Drive"  Benjamin Orr 3:55
5. "Stranger Eyes"  Orr 4:26
Side two
No. TitleVocals Length
6. "You Might Think"  Ocasek 3:04
7. "It's Not the Night"  
  • Orr
  • Ocasek
3:49
8. "Why Can't I Have You"  Ocasek 4:04
9. "I Refuse"  Ocasek 3:16
10. "Heartbeat City"  Ocasek 4:31
Total length:
38:41
2018 expanded edition bonus tracks
No. TitleVocals Length
11. "Hello Again" (remix version)Ocasek 5:57
12. "Drive" (demo)Orr 4:45
13. "One More Time" (early version of "Why Can't I Have You")Ocasek 3:59
14. "Baby I Refuse" (early version of "I Refuse")Ocasek 3:52
15. "Jacki" (early version of "Heartbeat City")Ocasek 4:16
16. "Breakaway" (B-side of "Why Can't I Have You")Ocasek 3:47
17. "Tonight She Comes" (from Greatest Hits, 1985)Ocasek 3:58
Total length:
69:15

Notes change

  • "Stranger Eyes" is titled "Stranger" on the label of early US vinyl pressings, though the title is listed as "Stranger Eyes" on the inner sleeve.
  • "Heartbeat City" is titled "Jacki" on the inner sleeve of early US vinyl pressings, though the title is listed (correctly) as "Heartbeat City" on the label. On early cassette versions, the track is titled "Jacki" on the cassette insert, but as "Heartbeat City" on the actual tape.

References change

  1. Sendra, Tim. "Heartbeat City – The Cars". AllMusic. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  2. Considine, J. D. (March 25, 1984). "'Heartbeat City' sounds almost too carefully polished to be a Cars album". The Baltimore Sun.
  3. Kot, Greg (August 4, 1991). "Tracking Ocasek's Voice On The Record". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  4. Elliott, Paul (May 2018). "The Cars: Reissues". Classic Rock. No. 248. p. 99.
  5. Blake, Mark (May 2018). "The Cars: Heartbeat City". Mojo. No. 294. p. 104.
  6. Soto, Alfred (March 31, 2018). "The Cars: Shake It Up / Heartbeat City". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  7. Shewey, Don (April 26, 1984). "The Cars: Heartbeat City". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2007.
  8. Sheffield, Rob (2004). "The Cars". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 141. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  9. Rushbury, Ian (April 19, 2018). "The Cars: Heartbeat City: Expanded Edition (Rhino)". Under the Radar. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  10. Christgau, Robert (September 25, 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 5, 2017.