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Album Review

Kasim Sulton doesn't issue solo albums on a regular basis (not counting the 1998 demo collection The Basement Tapes, his last real solo effort was 1982's Kasim), but the reason isn't laziness — as he keeps himself busy constantly working with others in the studio and on the concert stage. Finally, in late 2002 (over 20 years since his solo debut), Sulton got around to issuing a proper sophomore effort, Quid Pro Quo. Although his songwriting is known primarily to reflect the power pop style (especially his outstanding work with Utopia), Quid Pro Quo is a very mature album — as Sulton has bypassed the "power" portion and focused on the "pop" side of the equation, albeit in a singer/songwriter style. The album-opening "Sacrifice" is an uptempo tune that contains some positive thinking/new age lyrics, while Sulton focuses on his more tranquil side with the almost Barry Manilow-ish ballad "We the People." Although Quid Pro Quo is a worthwhile listen for those interested in hearing what Sulton is up to nowadays, those expecting tunes in the style of "Set Me Free" (the Sulton-sung Top 30 hit Utopia scored in 1980) may be disappointed.

Customer Reviews

Solid Album with a few surprises

Kasim Sulton continues to be the most unknown, yet viable session player in the music business today -- and he's been doing it for 25+ years. A contributor in vocal and instrumental talent to many classic albums including recordings by Meat Loaf, Todd Rundgren and Hall & Oates to name just a few, the guy is bursting with influences from every direction. This album is solid, with standout tracks "Sacrifice", "Before She Was Gone" and the 9-11 influenced: "We the People" -- if you are a fan of Beatles-influenced pop with a touch of soul, this is a perfect album on any iPod.


Born: December 8, 1955

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known as a member of Todd Rundgren's offshoot prog rock/new wave band Utopia, bassist/singer Kasim Sulton is also one of rock's most in-demand session musicians, as well as a solo artist. Getting his musical start playing in local bands around Staten Island, NY, by the mid-'70s, Sulton was playing piano with performance artist Cherry Vanilla. Shortly thereafter, he was introduced to Todd Rundgren, beginning a long and fruitful working relationship with one of rock's most unpredictable and hard-to-categorize...
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Quid Pro Quo, Kasim Sulton
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Dec 03, 2002

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