Swing to the Right

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Utopia wandered into the wilderness with Deface the Music, losing much of the audience they won with Adventures in Utopia. If its follow-up Swing to the Right is any indication, the band didn't really care, since they doggedly pursue a weird fusion of new wave pop, arena rock, and soul, all spiked with social commentary. According to some reports, Bearsville didn't want to release the album, relenting only after considerable pressure from Rundgren, who defended it as the group effort it certainly is. In fact, Swing to the Right marks the beginning of Utopia Mach III, when each member pulled equal weight as composers and frontmen -- at times, it's hard to tell ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Utopia wandered into the wilderness with Deface the Music, losing much of the audience they won with Adventures in Utopia. If its follow-up Swing to the Right is any indication, the band didn't really care, since they doggedly pursue a weird fusion of new wave pop, arena rock, and soul, all spiked with social commentary. According to some reports, Bearsville didn't want to release the album, relenting only after considerable pressure from Rundgren, who defended it as the group effort it certainly is. In fact, Swing to the Right marks the beginning of Utopia Mach III, when each member pulled equal weight as composers and frontmen -- at times, it's hard to tell who contributed what, or even who takes lead vocals. Admittedly, Rundgren's efforts are the strongest -- "Lysistrata" condenses a Greek play into a three-minute pop gem, and "One World," a silly but catchy "love is all you need" chant. Both songs accentuate the anti-Reagan theme of Swing to the Right, which is clearly telegraphed by the album's title. True, the message can be a little fuzzy, yet each song has a loose anti-conservative theme, including their cover of the O'Jays' "For the Love of Money," which also provides a musical keynote for this new wave-soul-inflected record. Unfortunately, this all reads better than it plays. Apart from the aforementioned Rundgren numbers and possibly the title track, no songs make a lasting impression, as Utopia's pop instincts fail them for the first time since Oops! Wrong Planet. As a Reagan-era curiosity, however, it's intermittently fascinating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2006
  • Label: Castle Essential
  • EAN: 5017615875928
  • Catalog Number: 759

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swing to the Right (4:21)
  2. 2 Lysistrata (2:43)
  3. 3 The Up (4:08)
  4. 4 Junk Rock (Million Monkeys) (3:13)
  5. 5 Shinola (5:21)
  6. 6 For the Love of Money (3:40)
  7. 7 Last Dollar on Earth (4:13)
  8. 8 Fahrenheit 451 (2:47)
  9. 9 Only Human (5:11)
  10. 10 One World (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Utopia Primary Artist
Todd Rundgren Guitar, Vocals, Interviewee, Group Member
Kasim Sulton Group Member
Willie Wilcox Group Member
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Composer, Producer, Engineer
Utopia Composer, Producer
Chris Anderson Engineer
Roger Powell Contributor
Don Brown Contributor, Repackaging
Ken Perry Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Jon Wilcox Contributor
Maria Berry Repackaging
John Wagman Art Direction
Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas Photo Tinting
Paul Lester Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Utopia's Editorial Page

    Conceived, apparently, as a reaction to Reagan's presidency and the new conservative tide, here Utopia functions as a rocknroll-leftist editorial page, with mixed results. These leanings, of course, have always been there (check out ''Hiroshima'' on RA) but now an entire album is devoted to their expression. The implied criticism is that the whole '80s conservative resurgence was fueled by greed-- ''For the Love of Money'', ''Last Dollar on Earth''-- an absurdly simplistic reading. In between, there are anti-war (''Lysistrata''), anti-censorship (''Fahrenheit 451''), and anti-music industry (''Junk Rock'') jibes. The album closes with an unconvincing, erzatz anthem ''One World''. As usual, something is lacking. But the band has never sounded better; in fact, this is the first record where Rundgren, Sulton, Powell, and Wilcox truly gel as a musical unit, and it's a pleasure to hear them play. The highlites are, as a result, as strong as anything they've ever recorded: ''Only Human'', ''Shinola'', and especially the jazz-inflected title track. This one's for collectors.

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