Adventures in Utopia

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Oops! Wrong Planet wrote the blueprint for Utopia Mach II, but the group didn't deliver the polished, radio-ready follow-up Adventures in Utopia until two and a half years had elapsed. Granted, leader Todd Rundgren kept busy in the interim, but it was an abnormally long time between records. As it turns out, the wait didn't matter, since Utopia delivered a record that was quintessentially 1980 -- a shiny, buffed album every bit as pop as The Hermit of Mink Hollow, but considerably less introspective and altogether ready for action. It's a bid for the big seats, and Utopia, surprisingly, achieved their goals, as the record climbed into the Top 40 and spawned a ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Oops! Wrong Planet wrote the blueprint for Utopia Mach II, but the group didn't deliver the polished, radio-ready follow-up Adventures in Utopia until two and a half years had elapsed. Granted, leader Todd Rundgren kept busy in the interim, but it was an abnormally long time between records. As it turns out, the wait didn't matter, since Utopia delivered a record that was quintessentially 1980 -- a shiny, buffed album every bit as pop as The Hermit of Mink Hollow, but considerably less introspective and altogether ready for action. It's a bid for the big seats, and Utopia, surprisingly, achieved their goals, as the record climbed into the Top 40 and spawned a hit single with "Set Me Free," a song sung by Kasim Sulton. That fact alone indicates that Adventures is the closest Utopia had yet come to its band ideal. It's no surprise that Todd Rundgren still dominates the proceedings, but his presence is not omnipresent, which is to the benefit of the album. Like its predecessor, Adventures is consistent but a little bland, but the shiny pop surfaces are more appealing than the arena rock bluster of Oops!, which makes the fact that it has about the same number of memorable songs -- "You Make Me Crazy," "Second Nature," "Set Me Free," and "The Very Last Time" again, all top-loaded -- not quite as noticeable. It keeps things moving as the record is playing, and if the album as a whole isn't entirely memorable, at least the half that does take hold still sounds as if it was state-of-the-art pop
ock for 1980.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227087227
  • Catalog Number: 70872

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Road to Utopia (4:54)
  2. 2 You Make Me Crazy (3:40)
  3. 3 Second Nature (2:32)
  4. 4 Set Me Free (3:08)
  5. 5 Caravan (6:59)
  6. 6 Last of the New Wave Riders (4:19)
  7. 7 Shot in the Dark (3:40)
  8. 8 The Very Last Time (3:51)
  9. 9 Love Alone (3:54)
  10. 10 Rock Love (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Utopia Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Todd Rundgren Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Roger Powell Trumpet, Keyboards
Kasim Sulton Bass
Jon Wilcox Drums
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Composer, Producer, Engineer
Utopia Composer, Producer, Package Concept
Roger Powell Composer, Contributor
Kasim Sulton Composer, Contributor
Don Brown Repackaging
Chris Andersen Engineer
George Carnell Engineer
John Holbrook Engineer
Jon Wilcox Composer
Mike Young Engineer
John "Willie" Wilcox Contributor
Danny O'Connor Package Concept
Maria Berry Repackaging
John Wagman Logo, Logo Design
Paul Lester Reissue Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Commercial Appeal

    This is the lone Utopia LP that can be considered a ''success'' commercially, and the one that brought them (for 15 minutes or so) something approaching mass popularity. It is not their best album, but it is a good one, a distinct improvement over OOPS!. Side 1 works beautifully: ''On the Road to Utopia'' is a solid opener; ''You Make Me Crazy'' is a gem; then there's the (believe it or not) hit single ''Set Me Free''; ''Caravan'' is a rousing side-closer. Side 2 starts off promisingly-- ''Shot in the Dark'' is another favorite, but then the album succumbs to weak material; ''Rock Love'' is positively anticlimactic. The whole thing leaves you with the feeling that ''something'' is missing, and that is characteristic of all future Utopia albums. The real star here is the SOUND-- the production is relentlessly state-of-the-art, giving it a razor sharp, metallic surface, guaranteed to tax even the best stereos. Overall, though, a solid effort.

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