Oops! Wrong Planet

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Abandoning overt prog -- thereby leaving behind the operas and extended instrumental sections, but not the organ solos -- Utopia became a mainstream rock band with their fourth album, Oops! Wrong Planet. Since the group's first two albums were marginally listenable and RA flirted with outright parody, it comes as a shock to hear Utopia be outright accessible and listenable, two qualities virtually foreign to their previous work. The quartet has been revamped, redesigned as a mainstream arena rock band. And that means that the chores are spread a little more evenly, meaning that not only does everyone get to write, everyone gets to sing, occasionally on songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Abandoning overt prog -- thereby leaving behind the operas and extended instrumental sections, but not the organ solos -- Utopia became a mainstream rock band with their fourth album, Oops! Wrong Planet. Since the group's first two albums were marginally listenable and RA flirted with outright parody, it comes as a shock to hear Utopia be outright accessible and listenable, two qualities virtually foreign to their previous work. The quartet has been revamped, redesigned as a mainstream arena rock band. And that means that the chores are spread a little more evenly, meaning that not only does everyone get to write, everyone gets to sing, occasionally on songs Todd Rundgren wrote. Despite his efforts to democratize the group, Utopia still feels very much like Rundgren's baby, mainly because the only songs that really work are ones that he writes and sings. And since Utopia is now merely a hard rock band, Rundgren reserves his more ambitious ideas and complex songs for his solo records. The end result of all this is that Oops! Wrong Planet is more consistent than earlier Utopia records, but is not as sporadically brilliant or rewarding as Rundgren's solo albums. Even the bad moments, such as the very silly "Gangrene," aren't particularly unlistenable, yet there are simply too many average, undistinguished songs for the record to actually soar. Nevertheless, Rundgren turns in some fine moments -- "Love in Action" is a terrific hard rocker, as is "Trapped," and "Love Is the Answer" is an ideal stadium anthem -- that make the record worthwhile for the cult, even if it will sound like little more than a period piece to most listeners. [The album was reissued on CD in 2006 and includes a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2008
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • EAN: 4988002547319
  • Catalog Number: 64212
  • Sales rank: 247,376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Trapped (3:08)
  2. 2 Windows (4:21)
  3. 3 Love in Action (3:29)
  4. 4 Crazy Lady Blue (3:42)
  5. 5 Back on the Street (4:11)
  6. 6 The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (4:38)
  7. 7 The Martyr (3:52)
  8. 8 Abandon City (3:53)
  9. 9 Gangrene (3:40)
  10. 10 My Angel (3:41)
  11. 11 Rape of the Young (3:14)
  12. 12 Love Is the Answer (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Utopia Primary Artist
Todd Rundgren Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals, Group Member
Roger Powell Trumpet, Keyboards, Vocals
Kasim Sulton Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jon Wilcox Drums, Vocals
John "Willie" Wilcox Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Producer, Engineer
Utopia Graphic Conception
Fred Weiss Artwork, Graphic Design
Mike Young Engineer
Kenny Kneitel Graphic Design
Paul Lester Liner Notes, Reissue Liner Notes
Steve Hammonds Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buried Treasures Here...

    It's not a great album, but it is a step beyond RA (even if not as unified, sound-wise). The sound is leaner, harder. Some excellent hard rock: ''Trapped'', ''Love in Action'', ''On the Street Again''. The buried treasures, however, are on Side 2: ''The Martyr'', ''Abandon City'', ''My Angel'', ''Love is the Answer''. The last is another great Rundgren anthem-- essential. But, as usual, OOPS! suffers from weak songs. Some of these, like ''Crazy Lady Blue'' or ''Gangrene'' seem written to order, without inspiration, while ''Rape of the Young'' is downright annoying. For Utopia fans only.

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