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Todd Rundgren


Crossover Prog

2.35 | 50 ratings

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3 stars This is Todd at his pop/ballad best. One of Todd's most beloved albums, Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren suffers from only one minor flaw.

There is absolutely nothing on here that has even the slightest claim to being progressive.

And I mean NOTHING. There's not even an odd chord, classical quote or a meter change.

That said, this album is classic Todd all the way through. It didn't get the attention that Something/Anything got when it was released, but it is a finally crafted pop/ballad album through and through and went a long way towards cementing Todd's reputation for an ability to crank out a hit whenever he was in the mood.

This is one of Todd's best efforts ever, and on a site that just judged albums by quality and not by their worthiness to prog fans, this would get five stars. But there is absolutely no way that I can claim that people interested purely in prog should even have this in their collection.

So three stars for Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren. It's good. Hell, for what it is, it's damn near flawless. But if your musical tastes don't encompass Todd's pop songs and ballads, you might not want to spend the time to appreciate this.

ghost_of_morphy | 3/5 |


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