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2.90 | 22 ratings | 3 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Play This Game (4:11)
2. Style (4:14)
3. Stand For Something (3:48)
4. Secret Society (4:16)
5. Zen Machine (4:07)
6. Mated (3:55)
7. Wildlife (3:38)
8. Mimi Gets Mad (3:44)
9. Mystified (5:20)
10. More Light (3:54)

Total Time: 40:48

Bonus tracks on 2011 remaster:
11. Man of Action (B-side) (3:43)
12. Fix Your Gaze (4:32)
13. Monument (5:39)

Line-up / Musicians

- Todd Rundgren / guitar, vocals, co-producer
- Roger Powell / keyboards, vocals
- Kasim Sulton / bass, vocals
- John Wilcox / drums, vocals, co-producer

Releases information

Artwork: Lynn Goldsmith (photo)

LP Passport Records ‎- PB 6044 (1985, US)

CD Passport Records ‎- PBCD 6044 (1985, US)
CD Esoteric Recordings ‎- ECLEC 2255 (2011, Europe) Remastered with 3 bonus tracks

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UTOPIA POV ratings distribution

(22 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(23%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (32%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

UTOPIA POV reviews

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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars An unfitting epitaph

Following Utopia's painful departure from their long term label Bearsville, the band recorded one self titled album for the fledgling Network records. Unfortunately, that label folded a year later, and they were once again left homeless. The band negotiated a deal with the small PVC label, "POV" being their second album for that label ("Oblivion" was the first).

"POV" consists of the ubiquitous 10 tracks, five on each side of the LP. As might be guessed both from the format, and from the immediately preceding albums, the songs are short, with melodic pop rock structures. Unfortunately, the band have clearly run out of inspiration, indeed, they were to disband after making "POV". The songs are decidedly ordinary right from the start, the opening "Play this game" being little more than a half hearted attempt to find a hit single.

There is an inherent laziness to the song writing especially apparent on tracks such as "Style" and "Secret society", which make criminal overuse of use repetition. "Zen Machine" is reminiscent of Devo ("Are we not men"), reflecting the new wave influences on Utopia around the time of this album. Even the token ballad "Mated", which Rundgren apparently dedicated to his fans, is wet to the point of being embarrassing. Apparently it has been used on regular occasions at weddings!.

Only "Mystified" rises slightly above the mediocrity, mainly due to a nice guitar break, but even this track would flounder on a half decent Utopia album.

Interestingly, the LP version I have (which is actually on the "Food for thought" label, catalogue number GRUBB 5 sic), credits all the songs to Todd Rundgren. I believe though, they are as usual actually band compositions. As if the songs were not indifferent enough, the production is flat and lifeless, only serving to accentuate the blandness of the music.

Utopia made some excellent music in their time. It is unfitting that "POV" should serve as their epitaph.

Latest members reviews

2 stars Another 80's album from Todd Rundgren and Utopia that repeats the same pattern as the last few albums; short songs with pop sensibilities with little to no prog to be found anywhere. A few minor hits like "Play This Game" and "Zen Machine" are on POV. Both of these can also be found on the liv ... (read more)

Report this review (#452287) | Posted by mohaveman | Thursday, May 26, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is one of my favorite UTOPIA albums. Very meaningful songs, well written and heartfelt singing. The guys were jamming all the time when they did this one. "Mated" is great, "Mystified" cooks... "Secret society" raised goose bumps and brought tears. I wish Todd would tour again with ... (read more)

Report this review (#72336) | Posted by | Sunday, March 19, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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