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Bright And Shiny .
on 30 March 2012
These 3 albums represent a commercial peak for Utopia, Adventures being their biggest seller,and its easy to see why, the music being a throw back to Todds own 1972 album Something Anything .As for the sound, well it always was on the bright and shiny side and apart from some slight distortion on Last Of The New Wave Riders it aint that bad. Deface The Music is an unadulterated Beatles Pastiche covering the various musical styles of their entire career and is an enjoyable listen, and if you enjoy The Rutles or XTCs alter egos The Dukes of Stratosphere or maybe Andrew Golds Fraternal Order Of The All album then you will get a buzz from this, and Swing To The Right is Todd and Utopias swipe at Ronald Reagans right wing nut jobs, it could be subtitled Swing At The Right, most of the tracks are also dressed up in Todds more melodic pop leanings, i always thought last track One World could have come from Jefferson Airplane circa Volunteers with its gang vocal.
Anyway if you take the whole package including a 'B' Side and some live tracks on the Adventures disc the extensive sleeve notes and photos plus the price, in these stringent economic times this warrents 5 stars.