dinsdag 8 juni 2010

Todd Rundgren - Something / Anything? (1972)

This. Is. Something. (/Anything?). One of the greatest pop records ever made. On par with Stevie Wonder's Innervisions and Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle, but the good thing is: it is twice as long! This record consists of 4 sides of incredible alternative pop songs, and 3 of the 4 sides are completely made by Rundgren himself. Every sound you hear, every guitar, piano, banjo, drum, is produced by Todd himself. On the 4th side a big orchestra takes over and gives the record yet another push to gain its classic status.

Todd Rundgren is one of my favourite performers from the 70s, it was a time when you could make pop music and not be totally corny. Like Steely Dan, and others, but Todd Rundgren perfected it. He was not only uncorny, he was 100% cool with it. He plays guitar like Hendrix, he creates songs like McCartney and he has the voice of a genius. Must listen! You must!

something / anything? part 1
something / anything? part 2

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