- Released: October 18, 1983
- Label: Rhino
Q - 2/00, p.1043 stars out of 5
- "...a mix of new wave, LA rock and shorter, poppier songs. Musical references to Queen abound in the arrangemnets and harmony vocals..."
CMJ - 1/5/04, p.6Ranked #15
in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1980".
- 1.The Road to Utopia
- 2.You Make Me Crazy
- 3.Second Nature
- 4.Set Me Free
- 6.Last of the New Wave Riders
- 7.Shot in the Dark
- 8.The Very Last Time
- 9.Love Alone
- 10.Rock Love
Utopia: Todd Rundgren, Roger Powell, Kasim Sulton, John Willie Wilcox.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Ken Perry (K-Disc).
Personnel: Todd Rundgren (vocals, guitar); Roger Powell (trumpet, keyboards); Jon Wilcox (drums).
Recording information: Utopia Sound Studios.
Photographers: Danny O'Connor; Bob Lampel; Jamison Goodman; Todd Rundgren.
Unknown Contributor Roles: John "Willie" Wilcox; Kasim Sulton; Roger Powell.
1979's ADVENTURES IN UTOPIA finds Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sultan, Roger Powell, and Willie Wilcox pushing the fusion/progressive influences of their previous albums into the background, in favor of compact, angular, tightly wound pop songs that are quirky and willful enough to be considered new wave. Powell's synths predominate, with Rundgren's guitars mostly reduced to choppy rhythm playing, as on the Cars-like "You Make Me Crazy" and the surprise Top-40 hit "Set Me Free," a funky dance tune that sounds oddly similar to the sort of things Prince was starting to do around the same time. Elsewhere, the hazy, atmospheric "Caravan" and the sniggering hard rock of "Last of the New Wave Riders" are highlights. The lengthy "The Road to Utopia" is a peculiar mix of Talking Heads and Fleetwood Mac, a combination that works better than you might expect.