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A Wizard A True Star Rundgren review

Todd Rundgren Album Reviews

As a pop musician, Rundgren’s strength and weaknesses are relatively self-evident; on the positive side he’s a skilled musician on multiple instruments, a strong vocalist with a hint of blue eyed soul, a gifted studio technician who’s produced landmark albums from The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, The Psychedelic Furs, Meat Loaf, and XTC, and a capable composer and arranger. On the other hand, his lyrics are often fluffy and lightweight, and his music is much more technically impressive than it is meaningful, although his goofy persona is often endearing in its own right.

But I find his magical run of early 1970s albums very enjoyable; the messy psychedelia of 1973’s A Wizard, A True Star is a particularly favourite of mine. From the mid 1970s, he arguably spread himself too thinly – he formed a band Utopia, while still maintaining a solo career and producing other artist’s records, but 1978’s Hermit of Mink Hollow is an excellent stripped down pop album. I’ve only covered his first five solo albums, plus Hermit; these are generally cited as his best. I’ve never heard his 1960s’ albums with the Nazz, I’ve included a Utopia Anthology below, but I’ve never heard their full albums, and there are  acclaimed Rundgren albums I should hear sometime.

Todd Rundgren Solo Albums (up to 1991)

Runt (1970)
Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (1971)
Something/Anything? (1972)
A Wizard, a True Star (1973)
Todd (1974)
Initiation (1975)
Faithful (1976)
Hermit of Mink Hollow (1978)
Healing (1981)
The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1982)
A Cappella (1985)
Nearly Human (1989)
2nd Wind (1991)

Ten Favourite Todd Rundgren Songs

Just One Victory
Hello, It’s Me
Couldn’t I Just Tell You
Izzat Love?
Don’t You Ever Learn?
Can We Still Be Friends
International Feel
Baby Let’s Swing/The Last Thing You Said/Don’t Tie My Hands
Fade Away
Parallel Lines

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Todd Rundgren Runt

Runt – Todd Rundgren

Runt (1970), 7.5/10 Having already recorded with The Nazz, Rundgren was still only 22 when he recorded his solo debut. … Continue Reading Runt – Todd Rundgren

Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren Review

Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren – Todd Rundgren

Runt: The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren (1971), 8.5/10 One of Rundgren’s more focused albums, The Ballad Of is his take … Continue Reading Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren – Todd Rundgren

SomethingAnything Todd Rundgren review

Something/Anything? – Todd Rundgren

Something/Anything? (1972), 9/10 Rundgren got very ambitious with his third solo album, the double LP Something/Anything?. The first three album sides … Continue Reading Something/Anything? – Todd Rundgren

A Wizard A True Star Rundgren review

A Wizard, A True Star – Todd Rundgren

A Wizard, A True Star (1973), 10/10 If Something/Anything was eclectic, its successor, A Wizard, A True Star, is insane, reeling … Continue Reading A Wizard, A True Star – Todd Rundgren

Todd Rungdren Todd 1974

Todd – Todd Rundren

Todd (1974), 7/10 Another double album, and this time it’s weaker than A Wizard, A True Star and Something/Anything? From a cynical perspective … Continue Reading Todd – Todd Rundren

Todd Rundgren Hermit of Mink Hollow

Hermit Of Mink Hollow – Todd Rundgren

Hermit Of Mink Hollow (1978), 8.5/10 After a series of ambitious works with Utopia and solo projects (the very conceptual … Continue Reading Hermit Of Mink Hollow – Todd Rundgren

Utopia Anthology 1974-1985 Todd Rundgren

Anthology (1974-1985) – Utopia

Anthology (1974-1985) (1989), 6.5/10 Rundgren formed Utopia as his live backing band, and to allow him to pursue more of … Continue Reading Anthology (1974-1985) – Utopia