Label: Bearsville - VICP-64216 • Series: Victor Music 80! • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Art Rock, Arena Rock
The Road To Utopia 2. You Make Me Crazy 3. Second Nature 4. Set Me Free 5. Caravan 6. Shot In The Dark 8. The Very Last Time 9. Love Alone Rock Love Total Time: The trademark Utopia vocal harmonies, funky keyboards, simple and grooving rhythm will get your toes tapping no matter how hard to try to stop them.
Roger Powell adds some trumpet as well, used to good effect. One problem though is that there is no climax, as Rundgren takes the Marty Robbins - The Return Of The Gunfighter way out and simply fades the song to black.
The back of the album does get a little more interesting. Six or seven other songs like this one would have made for a very good album. This sounds more like the kind of Beatles clone that would be attributed to someone like Klaatu though — Utopia - Adventures In Utopia distinguished in any way.
I saw this on tour back in two days before the rest of the tour was canceled due to lack of interestand the loafer-light glee club guys in pink tuxedos and doo-wap vocals caused a number of old hippies in the crowd to swear off the hard stuff that night. This song has always reminded me of the Gap Band — disco beat, shout-and-response vocals, accentuating brass at all the appropriate places. Very catchy beat and a solid disco work, but ultimately forgettable as anything else.
Adventures and Deface the Music came out about the same time. But in the end this album would not leave a long-lasting impression, and the band would never again achieve the level of creativity they did with Ra. The band is a tighter unit here, but one of the things that made their debut and Ra work so well was that there was an aura of unpredictability about what was going to come out of them next that is sadly lacking here. One of two Utopia releases in"Adventures in Utopia" continued the trend established on the previous "Oops wrong planet" where the band moved inexorably in a pop direction.
The vast majority of the ten tracks here are short pop based songs. Fortunately, Living In Your Hell [Circa 1992] - Kill Switch.Klick - Oddities And Versions Rundgren stamp of quality remains, but both he and the other band members are writing and performing so far inside themselves they are coming out the other side.
The album contains a rare hit single for the band in "Set me free" sung by Kasim Sultan, a song very much in the mould of Todd's "I saw the light".
The other songs are a predictable mix of upbeat pop rock and ballads. Tracks such as "Second nature" and "Love alone" fall neatly into the latter category, such songs would have been equally at home on the prolific Todd's concurrent solo output. There are occasionally forays into something a little more interesting. The opening title track for example attempts to Utopia - Adventures In Utopia us into thinking that Utopia have decided to revert Utopia - Adventures In Utopia their prog roots, the striking intro and slightly more complex arrangement offering hope to those of us who craved for another album to match the bands first release.
Such digressions are all too rare though. The quality of the pop here is undeniable, but pop it is. The track is worth hearing though for the fine Todd guitar solo it contains. With Rungren running a parallel solo career, the boundaries between that and his work with Utopia were becoming very blurred. Instead of taking the opportunity to use the band environment as an opportunity to explore other Asmus Tietchens - Spät-Europa, he simply used both vehicles to attack on the same front.
As a result, Utopia albums such as this can only be described as frustratingly wasted opportunities. Three stars for the best non-prog Utopia album with the possible exception of Oblivion.
This album, ushering in the awful eighties, is almost completely devoid of the prog elements that made their previous albums so much fun. Sure, there are some good songs Rundgren made a few of them into videos for a pre-MTV show he worked on with Mike Nesmithbut prog, uh-uh. The best of this set are Caravanand the two hardest rocking songs, The Last Of The New Wave Riders and Rock Lovethat almost get ruined by a disco beat, but is too good a song to be kept down.
The worst song is Love Alonewhich, with heavily layered vocals, brings to mind some of the dismal Queen eighties songs, where they mistakenly thought that layering vocals over a lame romantic ballad could bring back the success of Bohemian Rhapsody. On a better note, many of these songs fared Utopia - Adventures In Utopia in concert, where the band could stretch the songs out, and make them better. This is my favorite Utopia release. Lots of cool, high school memories go along with this album.
The highlights are "The Road to Utopia" and "Caravan" which are 2 of the best numbers in the Utopia catalog. These are accessible to all, and still hold some "proggy' Utopia - Adventures In Utopia . The only poor song for You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. Latest members reviews This is my favorite Utopia release.
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