Solo performer: Todd Rundgren (vocals, various instruments).
Composer: Todd Rundgren.
Personnel: Todd Rundgren (vocals, guitar).
Recording information: Utopia Sound.
Arranger: Todd Rundgren.
Considered by many of Todd Rundgren's old-school fans to be his last truly "great" album--though the ones that follow have more than their share of goodies for the attentive listener--1978's HERMIT OF MINK HOLLOW does contain some of his last pure pop tunes in the vein of such previous hits as "I Saw the Light." The heartbreaking "Can We Still Be Friends" was his last Top-40 hit. Besides that gem, the album contains some of his most wide-ranging material, from the silly, sound-effects-laden but utterly delightful "Onomatopoeia" to the dark, foreboding "Bag Lady," which includes a then-current reference to New York's notorious Son of Sam serial killer that provoked small controversy. Elsewhere, the hard-charging "You Cried Wolf" is one of his most effective rockers. While not as perfect as SOMETHING/ANYTHING? or as peculiar as A WIZARD, A TRUE STAR, HERMIT OF MINK HOLLOW is one of Todd Rundgren's best pop albums.