A Wizard, A True Star
If Something/Anything was eclectic, its successor, A Wizard, A True Star, is insane, reeling between a ten minute medley of Motown covers, a gorgeous version of ‘Never Never Land’ from Peter Pan, a bunch of noises that sound like Todd rubbing a balloon, some lovely ballads, and a touch of hard rock. A Wizard, A True Star isn’t a double album, but at 55 minutes it pushed the limits of the single LP. Rundgren has the musical facility to pull the disparate threads of A Wizard, A True Star together, showing off his impressive production skills, vocal range, and guitar playing.
As good as the whole thing is, the most impressive parts of A Wizard, A True Star are at the beginning and end; the album opens with ‘International Feel’ before segueing into a frenetic medley of short pieces. At the conclusion the lovely ballad ‘I Don’t Want To Tie You Down’ is followed by the hard rocking ‘Is It My Name?’, complete with ridiculous lyrics and a ridiculous guitar-hero solo (the defining lyric is “My voice goes so high you’d think I was gay/But I play my guitar in such a man-cock way.”).
To cap A Wizard, A True Star off the closer ‘Just One Victory’ is an intricately arranged ballad providing a lovely dessert to a veritable feast of randomness.