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Hermit of Mink Hollow based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
OK, despite the many praises heaped upon this record, I personally have to sign off on it. It's supposed to be a return to the breathtaking pop craftsmanship of S/A?-- and the fans who adored that album in the Rundgren catalogue but little else, no doubt rejoiced over HERMIT. But this record doesn't even begin to compare to ''The Masterpiece''. Problem is, Todd is at his best when he's looking forward, pushing the boundaries-- like on AWATS. HERMIT just doesn't ring true to these ears. There are some highlites: ''Can We Still Be Friends?'' is one of his finest ever; ''Onomatopoeia'' is a typically clever novelty; ''Bag Lady'' has a gorgeous melodic structure; most of the rest are just ok; ''You Cried Wolf'' sounds like an unconvincing rewrite of ''Wolfman Jack''; ''Determination'' is the type of song Rundgren can write while asleep. Perhaps he should have turned some of the best material here over to Utopia to see what a real rock band could do with it.
I absolutely love this album. It's very easy to listen to, touches on a number of emotions and issues, and yet maintains an aura of innocence about it. It was the first of Todd's albums, actually, that I took seriously - it was the push I needed to consider more of his music. Unlike "Something/Anything" and "A Wizard, A True Star," I found this album to be practically void of themes that are contrary to my moral standards. In the end, I would describe this one as extemely sincere, sometimes very sad, slightly angry, but ultimately warm and touching - an album that inspires imagination.