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Published on Jun 21, 2007
Winter Reflexions: Reflections of 1974- Warsaw, Indiana
PETER ELIZALDE (CA) "Winter Playground Mystery" 1982 (no label)
Elizalde is to Todd Rundgren what the Leopards are to the Kinks: an absolute dead-on soundalike of the artist's classic period, and with songwriting more interesting and inspired than the artist's then-current work. Unlike, say, the Rutles, there's no hint of parody. It's either a heartfelt tribute or an unbelievable natural resemblance in both voice and songwriting style. Mostly this album is pretty mellow, eschewing Rundgren's hard rock and electronicl eanings in favor of songs that would sound at home on side one of "Something/Anything" or on "Hermit OfMink Hollow." There are two exceptions, though:"Passion Play," an unpleasantly spiteful fast song that sounds completely musically and vocally different from the rest of the album, and the 7-minute "Day Dreamer," which has an exciting synthesizer/heavy lead guitar duel that brings the album to a memorable close. A couple of songs in the middle of the album are so-so, but at least half ofthis album is excellent. Anti-80s collector types will like the old-fashioned production style. Foolyour friends: play the album's best song, "WinterReflexions," to them and tell them it's a lost 1972 Todd demo. It's more convincing than the stuff on side one of Rundgren's "Faithful." By the way, either this album has a vague lyrical concept to it or Elizalde just loves to write about winter. [AM] ----- The Acid Archives --