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NO WORLD ORDER, LITE

Todd Rundgren

Crossover Prog


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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Worldwide Epiphany (5:20)
2. Love Thing (3:44)
3. Property (4:14)
4. Day Job (3:12)
5. Fascist Christ (4:51)
6. No World Order (5:12)
7. Time Stood Still (3:12)
8. Proactivity (2:56)
9. Word Made Flesh (4:36)
10. Fever Broke (2:54)

Total time 40:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Todd Rundgren / all instruments, vocals

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TODD RUNDGREN No World Order, Lite ratings distribution


2.61
(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
8%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(15%)
15%
Good, but non-essential (38%)
38%
Collectors/fans only (38%)
38%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

TODD RUNDGREN No World Order, Lite reviews


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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars I saw the lite

A year after releasing "No world order", Todd decided to revisit the album and create a "Lite" version. In his sleeve notes, he explains that the most of the material here appeared on "No world order", "albeit in a form that makes discovery of the song somewhat challenging".

While these renditions are therefore based on the same underlying songs as those which made up "No world order", this is therefore from my perspective a much more satisfactory collection. The songs are developed far more satisfactorily this time, devoid of the superfluous (electronic) bells and whistles which saturated them the first time round. Thankfully, the rapping has also been reduced somewhat, although not eradicated altogether. On the opening "Worldwide epiphany" for example, it comes across as a sort of sports commentary. This version of that song alone reassures us that Todd is still committed to creating finely crafted songs with prog overtones. Here, the song has a loud, bombastic arrangement supporting a majestic main theme.

"Love theme" becomes a power pop ballad, the rapping being kept to a minimum. "Property" is certainly lighter with a jaunty beat and a melodic vocal. Buried beneath the original arrangement, it was difficult to see what the song was all about, but here it becomes a highly enjoyable Todd standard.

"Day job" retains its frantic pace and cacophony of sounds and thus for me is the least improved track here. Likewise "Fascist Christ" remains a rapped rant, although the arrangement is much sparser at least making the message clearer. The title track also benefits from a conventional Rundgren arrangement the high speed spoken sections being tolerable in view of the overall appeal of the song.

"Time stood still" reveals itself as a plodding soft rock number with a sensitive vocal on the chorus. "Proactivity" is similar to "Fascist Christ" in that the cut down arrangement makes the underlying song much easier to identify. Unfortunately in this case that song is rather prosaic.

"Word made flesh" becomes a wonderful anthem like piece with swirling synths and a vocal chorale while the concluding "Fever broke" is a brief sensitive ballad to round things off.

The use of the term "Lite" here should not be taken to indicate that is this some sort of unplugged exercise. If anything, many of the songs are actually more powerful this time around than they were on the original album. This is though a much more conventional Todd album, where his vocals are much more up front, and the instrumentation has room to breathe. While I would have preferred the complete removal of the rapping, overall this is a much better experience than the original "No world order".

Review by ghost_of_morphy
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars Todd has never been afraid of experimenting in different genres, as he shows here.

No World Order was a gimmicky release designed to let te listener simulate certain aspects of engineering an album. Certainly this was an interesting idea, but the resulting tracks had an incomplete sound to them.

A year later, Todd released No World Order Lite, incorporating this material in a more traditional and more listenable format. Todd has significantly updated his sound. incorporating elements of rap and hip hop along with a ponderous array of studio manipulated sound. Rap. hip hop, excessively manipulated sound.... that pretty much sums up the low points of this album, and those low points are pervasive.

On the other hand, the actual songs (the ones that are really songs) show some glimmers of interest here and there. Yes, this album is forgettable, but parts of it are quite pleasant and nearly all of it is listenable. Two stars for this confusing mish mash that occasionally melds into coherence.

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