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Todd Rundgren


Crossover Prog

3.26 | 27 ratings

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3 stars What? An album from the mid-2000's called "Liars" that is not directly about the Bush Administration?

Back in 1993, Todd Rundgen reinvented himself into "TR-i", which he called "Todd Rundgen interactive". The albums he created under this label were mostly sequenced with Todd adding vocals, and a few guitar parts and other instruments. By and large, these albums were failures, as the tendency to forego his songwriting in favor of tedious techno-posing just didn't make for interesting albums.

On this album he uses the sequenced effect a bit better, as he first came up with a theme, the various types of lies that one encounters in life, and built the disk around it. Sure, there are plenty of tedious tracks, and the fact that all of the songs blend from one to the other, add to the tedium after a while. But in all of this, there are some great lyrics, and some good music.

Happy Anniversary is a song where a daughter is told by her mother that "men are stupid" and a son is taught by his father that "women are evil". The two choruses come together for a great effect. Soul Brother is a fantastic soul number lamenting the lack of soul in the modern version of the genre.

There is little actual prog here, although the last song, Liar does qualify.

It's not a great album, but not a total waste, either. And I suppose some of it could be about Bush & Cheney.

Evolver | 3/5 |


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