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RUNT. THE BALLAD OF TODD RUNDGREN

Todd Rundgren

 

Crossover Prog

2.35 | 50 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars I'm afraid that the prog angle from Todd won't be discovered with this album. Not that all songs are ballads (even though there are plenty) but they are all very much commercial oriented.

The man has a very pleasant voice and is a damned good composer. This album has to considered as some pop-rock item and not at all as a prog one. Not even related?One can also find some rock oriented tracks like the FM type avant la lettre "Bleeding". To tell you that it is a great song would be quite untrue (same comment for "Boat On The Charles" but for different reasons).

As with his previous effort, one can appreciate Todd's nice timber, soft and warm voice ("Walling Wall"). Fine to listen to in front of the fireplace on a Sunday afternoon. One of the worse part is the country oriented "The Range War". For sure that with such tracks, this album is not a symbol of progressive music. Press next.

But we know that his truly debut is only to come. This album (and the previous one as well) were only hors d'oeuvre which have to be considered as "Runt" works. Still, this album is at times catchy, thanks to the delicacy of his voice ("A Long Time, A Long Way To Go").

I don't like this record very much and the only reason why I don't rate it with the minimum amount of stars is because the production is quite good, the arrangements are fine and some vocal parts so melodic ("Be Nice To Me") that it deserves better (three out of ten more than likely). As a counterpart to lots of ballads, Todd is probably having fun while playing the rock "Parole". It kicks alright and brings some diversity to this album; at least. One of the best song for sure.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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