I stumbled across this guy by accident, and had I known he was responsible for "Escape" (The Pina Colada Song) I would have written him off immediately. But his body of songwriting is a very different story.
I was so impressed with this CD that I sought out and purchased "Cast Of Characters: The Rupert Holmes Songbook", a box set that contains just about every song he wrote and performed as a solo artist. The songs are melodic, entertaining, and thought provoking. During that era of disco and clubs and chic affectation, I was listening to "serious" rockers like Neil Young, Dylan, etc. Ironically, I think Holmes music holds up (it's admittedy different) much better for me, in it's sophistication and themes than the "rock" I was listening to then.
I view Rupert Holmes as a "lost" yet essential artist from that era. Instrumentation is often complex, the lyrics tell stories and actually challenge you to think about your life.
Great songwriting is a lost art in the era of hip hop and rap. If you like Burt Bacharach, Barry Manilow (I know what you're thinking but check out "Here At The Mayflower"), Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonalds best work, you should like "Widescreen".
Beautiful melodies, great lyrics, interesting arrangements well played. I really miss this type of craftsmanship and artistic reach in popular music.