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Something/Anything?

Todd Rundgren

1972

Something/Anything?

Album Summary

Something/Anything? is the third album by American musician Todd Rundgren, released in February 1972. It was his first double album, and was recorded in late 1971 in Los Angeles, New York City and Bearsville Studios, Woodstock. Three quarters of the album was recorded in the studio with Rundgren playing all instruments and singing all vocals, as well as being the producer. The final quarter contained a number of tracks recorded live in the studio without any overdubs, save for a short snippet of archive recordings from the 1960s. Rundgren had become confident enough at other instruments beyond his standard guitar and keyboards that he had tackled in earlier releases, and this, coupled with a general dissatisfaction with other studio musicians, led him to temporarily relocate to Los Angeles in an attempt to record an entire album single-handedly. After he had created significantly more material than would fit on a standard LP, an earthquake struck LA. He decided to head back to New York for some live sessions, with the help of Moogy Klingman, to lighten the mood. The final sessions were in Bearsville, where the remainder of the recording and mixing took place, and this created enough material for a double album. The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold three years after its release. A single taken from the album, "Hello It's Me", was a top-five hit in the US in late 1973, and it contained a further hit, "I Saw the Light". Something/Anything? later attracted critical acclaim as one of the most significant records of the 1970s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 173 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list, and later ranked at number 396 in the 2020 edition. It was voted number 797 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). After Something/Anything, Rundgren moved away from the straightforward pop ballads present on this album to more experimental territory and progressive rock in later releases, beginning with A Wizard, A True Star.

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Rating

3.07

Votes

4810

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Soul
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

I had only heard "I Saw The Light" and "Hello, It's Me" before (both great songs), but I'm actually surprised by how much I liked this album as a whole. A more diverse collection of styles than the pop ballads I had associated with him. - Fun Fact #1: Todd Rundgren played every instrument on 3/4 of the album himself until he was interrupted by an earthquake and left for New York - Fun Fact #2: The last side of the album was recorded in New York with an assortment of session musicians basically live with no overdubs - Fun Fact #3: Each side of the album has a unique name and personality: Side 1 is "A Bouquet of Ear-catching Melodies", Side 2 is "The Cerebral Side", Side 3 is "The Kid Gets Heavy" and Side 4 is "Baby Needs a New Pair of Snakeskin Boots (A Pop Operetta)" - Fun Fact #4: Todd credits his productivity creating this double album to Ritalin and cannabis. Apparently his sound changed after this album when he began experimenting with mescaline and other psychedelics. - Not So Fun Fact #1: YouTube Music only has the first half of the album, what a disgrace of a service

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

I don't get it, lame-ass 70s pop. This is album to listen to *after* you die.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
1

What a slog. I had to call it at track 21. Some mix of yacht rock, parade/humor rock, and what? Slut was pretty offensive and I consider myself one. Such a monumental waste of time. God I will never do this again.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Starts off well, tails in the middle and never really recovers. I loved the harmonies and some of the first tunes, but very quickly it became so anonymous...every song a repetitive dirge of the previous. 25 songs too...you taking the piss? Least Oasis crammed 11 and a half into their 90+ minute album!

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

So opens with an all time classic and then is just indulgent studio wankery with no great melodies? And this guy dissed the Beatles?!

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

This was pretty blah. Kind of sounded like a very good AI was asked to make non-offensive rock music

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Wed May 05 2021
5

Very solid, very diverse album from a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso. Rundgren mixes R&B, soul, rock, and pop into a delightful 90-minute double album that does not wear out its welcome at all. It's astoundingly consistent in its quality despite the wide variety of styles and eclectic influences. Highly recommended.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Absolutely great stuff, so layered and interesting. Loads of music reminds me of this album which i think means this album has influneced loads of people. Def can hear pet sounds influencing it though, also lots of motown in there... I dont know much about the era, and i think the beatles have the jump on him in some production techniques but this must have broken the mold/invented plenty. What a brilliant record.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Todd Rundgren's "Something/Anything?" is a personality-driven pop-rock mixed bag. The record sports a lot of eclectic instrumentation, like the juxtaposition of the gospel vocals and swaggering guitar lines on "Black Maria". The high-energy tracks like Wolfman Jack and Song of the Viking are also a blast, sporting Rundgren's quirky vocals and cute melodies. These qualities aren't present on every track, such as slogging ballads like "I Went to the Mirror" and "Torch Song", and some songs go on for too long for their best attributes to save them (see "The Night the Carousel Burned Down"). There's still great power-ballads and stripped-back cuts like "Dust in the Wind" and "One More Day", along with soul and jazz fusion on "Hello It's Me" and "Slut". While the duds make the 90-minute runtime feel bloated, the sonic range and charm that the record offers largely makes up for it. BEST TRACKS: Wolfman Jack, It Takes Two to Tango (This Is for the Girls), Little Red Lights, Dust in the Wind, Slut WORST TRACKS: The Night the Carousel Burned Down, I Went to the Mirror, Torch Song, Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

Sprawling and wonderfully indulgent. I hear flights of fancy in the instrumentation, arrangements, vocal stylings, and later in the other musicians. The "intro"-lude is a great break. It never quite flies into space, which is a shame, but always comes back to the ground, which is good. The back quarter never jumps the shark, but seems significantly looser than the rest. So far I'm enchanted but not quite in love. Future listens could temper my feelings, but for now this is just what I need.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Close to a 5. Great variety and interesting songwriting with non conventional chord structures

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Excellent production. Pleasant enough songs, superbly melodic with a plethora of ear worms, but can tend to lack some tangible substance. Its sheer length meant I couldn’t enjoyably listen to the album in one sitting, it took me a few days to get through which kind of broke up the flow. But honestly by that point my interest had wavered. 3/5 - Some bangers on here worth cherry picking, but probably won’t be listening to the album again any time soon.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

I'm a day behind with listening...

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Sat Feb 19 2022
3

This is a strange album to process through. The front six are as the album self-describes "A Bouquet of Ear-catching Melodies" that are very easy listening. The second side is described as "The Cerebral Side" and I'm not quite sure that is the best description. Unless by Cerebral he meant "I've fucked up my cerebral cortex with too much acid" which then yes I agree. There are so many mood swings in these 6 songs but yet it's still enjoyable to sit through. Until you get to the Song of the Viking which just feels like a Ringo song. And then I Went to the Mirror drags you down into the trip with him. "The Kid Gets Heavy" side is the return to rock roots if the first two sides are the weed album and the acid album respectively. It just doesn't really all flow together well. Feels a bit like the songs that couldn't fit on the other sides got thrown together with the hopes that it would work. The back seven, otherwise known as the "Baby Needs a New Pair of Snakeskin Boots (A Pop Operetta)" side was an ummm........experience. Not exactly sure why the 4th side needed to be a Pop Operetta but yet it is anyway. As a standalone album it might actually work really well, but it is just a strange way to end and album. But then again the whole album is all over the place so it is fitting. And to end your album with a song called Slut is a power move. I think the first two sides despite their weirdness sit above a 4/5 for me. But the third side sits at a 2 and the fourth a 2 in this but a 3 or 4 standalone. So I honestly don't know how to grade it.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Surprisingly (sunny why, tho – no idea why I expected what I was expecting) melodic and enjoyable. The outtakes and extras were a bit...extra. Still

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

It's got a song called 'slut'. However, otherwise pretty generic sounding soft rock. An unexciting 2.5

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Tue Dec 28 2021
2

Enjoyable, middle-of-the-road 70s rock. Not planning to listen to it ever again though. This probably could have been edited down into a really good album, but as a double there's a lot here that's not essential. The awful cover of Money and the smug studio recording gag detract from the good tracks.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

Something/Anything? is 65% mediocre/boring pop songs and 35% kick ass rock songs. With it being 90 minutes that makes for an excruciating listen. Feel free to just grab the best tracks and ignore the rest. Favorite Tracks: "I Saw The Light", "Wolfman Jack", "Black Maria", "Couldn't I Just Tell You", "Dust In The Wind", "Piss Aaron", "Hello Its Me", "Slut"

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

I recognized the first couple of songs but never thought Todd Rundgren did those songs. I always thought he was better than that. Perhaps we can attribute some of the weenieness to a poor attempt to fit in the psychedelic scene at the time. I had the 1 rating locked and loaded and then side 4 started. There are a few good rockers like Couldn’t I Just Tell You. Rick D also lays down some good ‘ole guitar on Dust … The side 4 goodness comes to a screeching halt with the next hit which is a return to hotdog songs.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

I'm enjoying this so far

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Wow! Great album. Every song could be a hit! Production is fantastic and the album really flows well. Gotta start listening to more Todd Rundgren I guess

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

Rundgren was unreal during this era of his music

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Electric Light Orchestra pero más raro y particular. Todas me gustaron mucho.

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Fri May 21 2021
5

A great throw back to 60s psychedelic pop and precursor to 70s pop all in one.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

A rock-solid classic!! The album is stylistically diverse which is even more impressive when you know Todd played everything himself for the majority of the tracks on the album.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Vraiment un super album. 1h30 qui se passe bien. Une belle variete de chanson. Le projet es t malade. Reecoute assure. 5

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

I wasn't excited when I saw that this was a double album from 1972, but it's really good. Rundgren takes the listener on a journey, turning each of the four sides into its own artistic experience. It feels like an "influential" album but it's also a solid work in its own right. I like an artist that isn't afraid to eff with different genres and bring in different styles. The album art is really nice too. Also, I choose to believe that Rundgren is honouring his Swedish heritage by naming the closing track after the Swedish word for end.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

Понравился

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Great

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Love is infectious and I was a victim The worst case you’d ever see But still I know no doctor or nurse Could cure what you gave to me. - You left me sore

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Surpreendentemente bom

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Oh wow this is awesome. I enjoyed it thoroughly! Infectiously catchy and feel-good without being simplistic and trite. It's so solid throughout. A bit bloated in size but there are so many highlights. The voice sounds just like Don McLean, but this music is way better than most Don Mclean stuff

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Loved it!

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

10/10 awesome album my favorite side was probably side 2 where he has you play a game to spot all of the recording/mixing flaws throughout the songs it was genius because not only were the songs bangers I enjoyed listening to but I felt more invested because I wanted to dig deeper into the sounds overall super cool album, kinda had Elton John vibes but with more Queen style rock stuff

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Fri May 27 2022
5

rose-tinted nostalgia beats. like montage music for a period movie. pleasant skits and a variety of styles keep this fresh. borderline 5 but this album left a great afterglow

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Impresive and very colorfull

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

this was fun as fuck. probably 4 stars close to 5

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

One of those artists I thought I'd like if I gave them some time, and I was right. A great mixture of lovely ballads and enjoyable weirdness. I Saw The Light pips It wouldn't Have Made Any Difference to the coveted best song trophy.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

In which Todd Rungdren displays his virtuosity by releasing a quadruple album, each side alone a worthy record and distinct from the others. The first side is undoubtedly the best - I’m going to make some stellar pop records, near parodying Carole King, and in twenty minutes (!) write I Saw the Light, one is the greatest tracks of the era. Second side I’m playing around with form and structure and studio effects; third side I’m making some straight up hard rock power pop classics. Oh and I’m playing all the instruments. Fourth side is live tracks in the studio and some more messing around. The guy is a one man Beatles. A freaking genius. What an achievement. Is this the first Ritalin album?

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Tue Sep 29 2020
4

Should be 4.5 stars, but just too long for my taste. Great old school pop music

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Poprock, multiinstrumentalist, melodiøst, kærlighed, harmonier

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Ranges all over. But these are the guys who did bang a drum all day. So they know how to make a pop song

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

I really liked this. I think I'll checkout more about Todd Rundgren

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

good stewfs

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

I'm really digging this record. Very fun!

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

What a down to earth human

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Odd collection of what seems like love songs and experimental songs. Almost everything and the kitchen sing when it comes to recording.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

bello! non tutte però fresco e ascoltabile

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

This is like finding a brand new shiny thing. Montage of many artists in one dude. Pretty good

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Pretty fun album

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

Una canción sale en My Girl, I Saw the Light. Le doy un 4. Aunque igual no me gusta tanto. Es agradable.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Experimental in the best sense of the word, when new textures and sounds are in the service of great songs. In its best moments (I Saw the Light, It Wouldn't Make Any Difference, Hello It's Me, Black Maria...) takes the form of a masterpiece. A lot of content though, not always at same level, but very compensated and a necessary listening altogether

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Fri May 14 2021
4

2nd album was better than the first

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Poppy 70s goodness.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

Very well done, variety of music.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I never knew this was a double album! Have to say I liked the first two sides way more than the rest but it's still a great body of music. It really lives up to the "catchy" billing and embodies the best of early 70s rock/pop. Will definitely be revisiting chunks of it.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

yeeeees

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Mon May 03 2021
4

rundgren 4/5

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Wed May 12 2021
4

A tale of two halves. The first half is a really enjoyable 70s Pop-Rock album. The second half, starting with the track ‘Intro’ featuring Rundgren explaining the extra background sounds of a recorded album, then proceeds to turn into a more psychedelic rock album with some really experimental sounds. Finishing with the song ‘I Went to the Mirror’ which starts off with Rundgren mumbling most of the lyrics until the song peaks with a George Thoroughgood/ ZZ Top guitar riff to end the track. An interesting overall enjoyable experience to say the least.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Great melodies, solid voice and lines. Very classic 70s disco sound.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

so how many sounds did you guys find and who is the winner??

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

GOOD album!

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

Amazing album, Rundgren is a genius.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

121021 17:53 3.5

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

It has a character

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

This got pretty cool in a few spots, with some hyperpop elements thrown in. Good fun album, even thoigh im suffering a bit of fatigue from albums of this era at the moment.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

I only really knew Todd Rungren from Hello - so this was a really nice education for me. I really like the “just stupid enough” lyrics for songs like Piss Aaron and Slut. Even at 90 minutes, the album did t seem to long - quality just about all the way through. Even the other Hello-ish ballads were mostly great. I also really enjoyed all the studio talk before some of the songs - especially the scavenger hunt for hissing and other evidence of “poor engineering” - really fun stuff.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Huh. Todd Rundgren. Like him. It's like the lighter side of 70s music, but with the proficiency of the 70s music I like. The "Intro" track (half way through the record) was a strange choice. And that synth line into "Breathless" is really great. I like this record and will definitely return to it. 4 but it really should be 3.5.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Quite a head full of sounds. Pretty enjoyable ride!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Really cool album. I know Todd Rundgren only for his bang on the drum all day song, but this is a very interesting album. Probably longer than it needs to be, but it meanders through a number of different styles and genres, and I really like that strange interlude (intro but not at the beginning?) of him talking about record static. So many tracks on here that I ended up enjoying, one or two that I recognized, and there are some hilarious track titles on here. Piss Aaron? I don't know, this is wild. I'll be saving a lot from this one. Also looked this up to find that Todd himself sang and played every instrument on at least 75% of the album. I need to know more about this madman. Favorite tracks: It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference, Sweeter Memories, Saving Grace, Dust in the Wind, Hello It's Me. Album art: I like this, like an old floral print couch. It's a nice artistic cover, and much like the album itself, I don't really know what to make of it. But this is really cool. 4/5

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Solid, inventive, and with a lightheartedness that is often lacking in big arty magnum opus type productions. A fair minority of it felt like filler to me and I thought the bulk of it more low weight pop than I expected given the critics, but maybe I did not attend to the lyrics well enough based on some of the reviews.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Clever, musically and lyrically. Not sure how well this album has stood the test of time, but I was fully appreciating it

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

2/4/2022 Today's Album: "Something / Anything?" by Todd Rundgren - This will be a bit harder of an album because it is so long, given it is a double album clocking in at just under 90 minutes. However, I will still give my general opinion, which is that this album is pretty fantastic. There's extremely well crafted melodies, a ton of really great solos, and the vocals are spectacular. There's some interspersed bits of spoken word sections, like the comical track "Intro" which is the 7th track despite it's name and plays around with record sounds. There's a handful of colorful instrumentals and every song either has an excellent backing track or a solid vocal performance. The style is right up my alley with a lot of early 70s psychedelic guitars and tons of really bright, but well mixed instrumentation. I listened to it while doing homework and instantly turned it on again when it finished because it simply a very nice experience to listen to it. There's some well done experimentation with things getting really weird or dark at moments and there's tons of charming chatter and banter from the band members. The album's production is also top notch and sounds just as good as an eagles record, but with imo better playing. Tons of different genre breaking songs make this album sort of hard to pin down, but it's still a fantastically paced record all the way through. I think it could have placed lower than what I am going to rate it just because it still is a pretty typical sound for it's time, but just the sheer amount of great music on this thing, given its a double lp, and the consistency of quality makes it really respectable in my opinion. Give this one a listen if you like 70s soft rock. Also Black Maria and Little Red Lights are straight up awesome tracks. Score: 8.75 Really dang good Highlights: Wolfman Jack, Breathless ,The Night the Carousel Burned Down, Marlene, I Went to the Mirror, Black Maria, Little Red Lights, Dust in the Wind

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

Quite a strange album but some interesting songs, and the Record Game was funny.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

cool fact: on most of these songs Todd Rundgren played all of the instruments. Whether that fact alone affects one's enjoyment of this or not is unclear, but you could make the case that there's something unique and special about an album like this because of the very fact that it is *not* democratic, and all under one person's vision. Contrast that with a lot of pop music today that has up to 10 or more songwriters -which runs the risk of drifting towards "the middle" or whatever might be popular at the time. That risk is nowhere to be heard here - there are some undeniably all-time classic singles that many people will know ("I Saw The Light" and "Hello It's Me"), but amidst the 23 (!!!!!) other tracks the variety and non-commercialism shows; yet at the same time even though many of these couldn't have been singles they're mostly quite accessible. Incredible sense of melody (this guy never met a major 7th chord he didn't love - I approve). "Couldn't I Just Tell You" should have been a bigger hit, that's a great pop-rock song right there. As for the "non-traditional" parts of the album, not only am I not put off by the spoken word parts (e.g. beginning of "Couldn't I Just Tell You" "Hello It's Me" and the entirety of "Intro") it adds to the experience for me (being a studio junkie). It's almost like (well, it essentially was) being there for a home recording yet decidedly NOT low-fi (thank god); you'll hear Todd talking about recording techniques, counting in other musicians (I believe the only songs he used other musicians on are in the final 1/4 of the album). Ok so... the album is long. LONG. Some of my favourite albums are double-albums but they tend to have a theme; maybe it's only that I'm not familiar enough with this one and/or it doesn't have enough cultural touchstones (outside the 2 aforementioned singles) so at some point I get just a little tired of it before it picks up steam again over the last half. But overall: the album sounds amazing; I'm a sucker for these kinds of melodic turns. It's Rundgren's most famous album for a reason and much more accessible than the one to follow... (A Wizard, A True Star) because when at their best, many/most of these songs are cohesive and a great intro to both Rundgren and 70s melodic rock in general. 8/10 4 stars

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

A whopping ladleful of fun and creative 70's pop, with enough weird to keep it interesting despite its length.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Very varied, very seventies. Proto-prog, and all performed and produced by one guy. I really enjoyed it; it could have handled being a bit shorter, but I'm not sure what I would remove! Saving Grace and Black Maria were my favourites, but it was all pretty good

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Fantastic production

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Ambitious and varied, if a bit overlong.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

This is not what I expected from Todd Rundgren - some lovely songs and early power pop! I had to dig on Spotify to find the second LP though.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Wantlist

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Something / Anything? is an album that touches on a variety of different sounds. It feels like a sprawling journey, one in which you don't know where you're going but you can sit and enjoy the ride. Overall a really enjoyable listen and one I'll definitely listen to again! Of note is the fact that Spotify and Youtube Music don't carry the full album (both seem to only have the first 13 tracks. Fortunately, there are playlists to be found that contain the full album.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

The term "musical genius" gets thrown around a lot, but in Todd Rundgren's case it is well deserved. You can tell by listening to this double album that this was a particularly fertile period for him, with an explosion of ideas. My only complaint about him is that his music leans a little toward the soft rock side of things. 4 stars.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Did know much of his stuff. This was worth the listen

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Crammed full of joyous, catchy tunes. Impossible to dislike, surely?

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Sun May 22 2022
4

I just love Todd Rundgren. Why has he not been in my life before this year..

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Tue May 24 2022
4

+I Saw the Light, Intro, Hello It's Me There's a lot of music here clocking in at nearly 90 minutes of audio. Most of it pretty good! It's psychedelic and soulful, among many other things, it seems like there are a lot of genres crossed here. It also never really takes itself too seriously while it's also apparent that care and pride was taken to produce a quality product. There are various outtakes scattered around making it clear that the artists making this album had fun while doing it. A strong start with "I Saw The Light", a feel-good classic. "Wolfman Jack" sounds like it was lifted right out of Motown. "Intro" takes a lighthearted jab at mastering technicians, usually I don't enjoy non-music tracks, but this one was a fun little detour. Some of the tracks are downright funny (Some Folks..., You Left Me Sore). There is a lot to enjoy here!

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

The beginning wasn't my type but the Intro is cool and Breathless really made the listening worth it.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Interesting and diverse

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Bangers pretty much top to bottom I saw the light is the biggest banger of them all, the great song of the album Solid 4

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Bumped up to 4 stars because of the consistent quality throughout a long album

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

A mellow and good quality easy listening album. Crazy that it's 50 years old, as the production quality belies its age.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Well the title of this album was appropriate. I admit that this album was more or less just background noise today while working, but it did a good job of having tracks throughout that would make me stop and listen. And that is why I am giving this album 4 stars. I enjoyed it and will definitely at some point be going back and listening to it again and maybe check out some of his other work.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

4, groovy

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

One likes the kaleidoscopic, even messianic, pop here; one senses TR’s urgency and immense commitment and that he wants to share. There is a nearly tangible joy and exuberance in the considerable sprawl; one pictures a boy with the run of a fully stocked toy store, a mad scientist in his expertly equipped lab (see silly Studio Sounds spoken word piece and the much better “Breathless - Instrumental” that follows). TR comes off as a solitary visionary than a tortured artist, and it’s quite good fun, if excessively accessorized, too densely layered and obviously show-offy at times. Sameyness is a fair criticism, especially the over-reliance of keyboard manias (some of it sounding quite harpsichordy). Also, it probably didn’t have to be a double album (“Money” doesn’t feel absolutely necessary, e.g., and the studio chatter adds nothing). But there’s a wealth of quality – if not quite an embarrassment of riches: “Couldn't’ I Just Tell You” and “Dust in the Wind” are excellent, while “I Saw the Light” and “Hello It’s Me” are hits for a reason. “It Wouldn’t Have …” “Cold Morning Light” “Marlene” “Carousel Burned Down” and “You Left Me Sore” are all very solid. “Slut” highlights how sexual perceptions and boundaries have changed. Definitely worth knowing, this one.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

nothing

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

There's something about Todd Rundgren that's hard to nail down. It's also what makes him a fascinating artist to me. Rundgren is clearly talented. He has a natural ability to create pop music with charming melodies and clever lyrics. His mastery of songcraft seems like something he takes for granted. He knows he could just record "Hello It's Me" a hundred times over and he would have been a huge star. But he doesn't want to do that; clearly that bores him. He has an experimental and somewhat impish inclination underneath it all. Sometimes he just likes to follow that into whatever weird corners it may take him. That's Something/Anything? in a nutshell. It's my contention that all great power pop is a little quirky to outright weird. I imagine a lot of that can be traced to Todd Rundgren in general, and this album in particular. Rundgren comes in strong at the beginning, with infectiously catchy pop hooks and one of the more engaging vocals in pop music. His musicianship is surprisingly nimble, as he negotiates a variety of styles. But there's always a little edge to everything he does. The more accessible stuff is chased with a hodgepodge of random silliness, noise and strange playful diversions that often seem like they're musical in-jokes between Todd Rundgren and, well, himself. Some people will hate that. All that said, on balance, this is a really fun album that's never boring. It has two of the most iconic pop songs of the 70s ("Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light") as well as a number of exceptional deep tracks that are well worth the price of admission. It's an enjoyable listen that's also very forward thinking for its time. Fave Songs: Hello It's Me, Couldn't I Just Tell You, I Saw the Light, It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference, Dust in the Wind, You Left Me Sore, Saving Grace, Torch Song, Marlene, One More Day (No Word), Cold Morning Light, Sweeter Memories, Black Maria, The Night the Carousel Burned Down

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

I have "A Wizard A True Star" on vinyl but this is much different. So far kind of easy classic rock. I think Todd Rundgren is pretty eccentric so I'm excited to see how much this strays away from the sound on AWATS. "I Saw The Light" is on classic radio stations all the time I immediately recognized that one. Can't get over the "lightness" of this album so far 4 songs in. My god this album is long! I do like it, but idk if I like enough songs to add this huge giant album to my Spotify. Also unique in that a lot of the chatter was just left in between songs so it has a very informal feel while the music is very polished.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Big vibe, never heard of this bloke before but enjoyed the hippy rock. I imagine this mad booffed hella droogs.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

not as bad as expected <3

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Pop-rock algo psicodélico. Venga, un 4.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

09/03/2022 Listened to this one on 09/04 tbhhhh, but!!! I have loved this album since I was in high school, so I was so happy to get it yesterday. This whole album has the feeling of music that would be played at a 70s house party or a party that someone’s parents would have thrown with everyone else’s parents dowsnstairs while they all get drunk off the bar in the house. — Yesterday was a beautiful day. Luke and I went on a date to shiro and i got to shop around. I visited boysville, chica, and crazy. I found an INCREDIBLE hand made quilt at boysville that I’m going to use for my bed now. I really love San Antonio so much

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

LOVE love love love - went to my first football game !! we lost … but it was SO FUN regardless <3

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

Such a chill album, can't believe I'd never heard it before.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Super awesome. I wish it was a single album so bad. There's so many good songs though.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

It's really quite good. One of those Prince/Dave Grohl type works where it's quite brilliantly the work of one singular multi instrumentalist. However, this is somewhat traditional - if a few years ahead of its competitors. It's when Rundgren embraces his inner weird that he truly becomes a master and one of my favourites.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

My introduction to Todd was the purchase of the Nazz single of Hello It’s Me from the discount bin at Grace Bros record bar on Broadway in 1969. I think I prefer the version on this album. Never heard this record before and was only familiar with I Saw The Light, which still gets played on retro radio. Thoroughly enjoyed it - very poppy but so well done, because he’s such a good producer. I think Side 4, which involved using other musicians, is the weakest side. He didn’t need them. Love his vocals & guitar and his ability to create 2 or 3-minute pop masterpieces.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

Classic dad rock upside, plus some weirdness sprinkled in to keep things interesting. I would give this a 3 normally because honestly most of the tracks were kind of forgettable (as in, I don't remember them less than 24 hours later)... HOWEVER Todd is getting a bonus star from me for the track halfway through the album where he reads the recording industry for ABSOLUTE FILTH by highlighting shoddy production values and it's hilarious.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Sounds like 70s soft rock. Not bad, just not my favorite.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

I had not heard this one, so I did a quick google about it, and was excited when Axl Rose called it his favorite album. It was a fun listen, thought of like a gay Tom Petty. Soft 70s rock, I'm on board. His 'game' was pretty weird. Odd inclusion. 3.5 if I could.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

A few great songs, some are a little bit yikes

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Sounds like typical white guy 70s music.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Chill but boring at parts.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

It's all right. I like the piano in it occasionally. Couple songs I know.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Pretty cool

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Decent

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Nice songs but did not stand out for me

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Nice enough in parts (Beatlesey) but fuck me its long. Just as you think its getting going there is a bad track. Saving Grace, Black Maria, and Wolfman Jack are my highlights but there is just way too much filler. Could probably have made a decent 40 min album A generous 3/5 for the bits i liked, especially the 2nd half.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Decent background listening. Little grabbed my attention, but nothing offensive to my ears.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

I like the vibe of this record. Reminds me of bands like the Eagles and people like George Harrison and Steve Miller. Impressive that he played all the instruments on the album as well as produced it.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Unexpectedly good. Fun album. Beatles vibe. Would listen again

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Sun Jun 13 2021
3

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

Some really nice tracks. Doesn't quite do enough to get a 4 from me

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

I think it might be too whimsical... Some great (if sad / meloncholy) songs, but quite a lot is too meandering. Why not just do a tight album of bangers? Who listens to the stupid bits?

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Proficient soft rock, listenable but not too exciting.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

This album started off great, but it's over an hour and a half long. There's movies that are that long. And several of the pieces are sketch like interludes. If it was boiled down to its greatest bits it would be a great album, but as is its unwieldy. Favorite Track: wolfman jack

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

I'm actually ranked global elite at the studio game

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Sat May 01 2021
3

spannende Mischung aus GIttarrenrock, Funk, pop, Hippie...

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Alright 70s rock. 7.6/10

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Iznenađujuće oke, nis ti loš Tode.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Album kao album mi se čini dosta ciljano da bude perfektno, bar što se tiče zvuka, kad sam čuo na intru onu igru koju je on izumio. Stoga, intro mi je čak malo i edukativan. Inače, drago mi je da sam našao vremena za album. Album ima puno pop elemenata, a u nekim pjesmama i onaj stari rock. Iako nije moj tip glazbe u neku ruku, skužih, nije samo do toga. Album je dost dugačak, a ako mi ne sjeda u potpunosti album, to može samo biti minus. Ima stvarno dobrih pjesama kao što su: Breathless, I Went to the Mirror, It Takes Two to Tango, The Night the Carousel Burned Down, Couldn't I Just Tell You, Little Red Lights, Hello It's Me. Naravno, puno pjesama na albumu, bilo bi žalosno da nema minimalno pet dobrih/odličnih. Zanimljiv album, playful, ovako za pustiti si u pozadini, shifta iz jednog žanra u drugi kroz cijeli album (iz popa u rock, pa u soul, čak i malo country na jednoj-dvije pjesme), dobar je ae. 3.3/5

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Difficult to understand how this made the list. It is too long to be consistent. It works as a record as each side has songs of a similar style. The singles are magnificent and the album shows off his song writing ability and musicianship.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

I thought it was great, if a bit too clever for its own good. However, it was waaaaayyy too long and I tired of it about half way though.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Pleasant pop, but nothing special.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

This album is pretty good! I like it a lot. Highlights have been I Saw The Light, Wolfman Jack and Couldn't I Just Tell You. The only thing is it did get quite boring due to how many songs there are on the album. 3/5 stars.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

A bit folky but a bit weird sometimes

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Tue May 18 2021
3

solid but realllly long

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

A bit forgettable

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Mediocre album. The first song, I saw the light, was the highlight of the 25 song album. For the most part, It was all pretty cheesy soft unremarkable pop-ish types after that- with the exception of songs like wolfman jack

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

iha ok

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

I learned something new about him.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Not great. Some decent and catchy, some weird, and some just bad. 2.5/5

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

This is by no means a bad album, but it felt like it dragged on a bit. This is a 3.5 because I understand why it's on the list, but for me it started to get bloated about halfway through.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Yeah I dunno about this one. I keep flipping between 2.5 and 4 stars. The middle of the album started to drag / sound same-y and then a Viking song appears out of nowhere? If it wasn't so long then 4 stars. If he didn't play literally every instrument, a 2.5 stars. Feels like just over a 3 for me,

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Mon Aug 16 2021
3

No Really sounds very 70s, harmonising not unlike elo, keyboards

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Why does Todd Rundgren have to make his albums so long? I do enjoy every single song on this album but I do not have the patience to sit through 25 songs.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Apart from the ingenuity (and that he produced and played everything himself) and the "mimicry" skills, the sound is somewhat still washed out and has little personality. The real creative approaches are found in the instrumental parts. (6/10) Favourite Tracks: I Saw the Light, Breathless

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

I couldn't believe how long this was, so I had to look it up. This was his first double album, and he played all the instruments and did all the vocals himself as well as produced it. Pretty damn amazing. Definitely know Todd Rundgren, but never knew he was such an intrumentalist. The first two songs are decent. Wolfman Jack caught my ear. There's a motown vibe, but I can't get over the fact that he wrote an ode to a damn DJ. You can see how the business has changed. The idea that pandering to an DJ is just completely acceptable makes my head spin. Sure you want to get played on the radio, but come on, man! He also covers "Money, That's What I want," so... Cold Morning Light reminds me of the Eagles. I get the sense that these LA artists of the early 70s really tapped into something that all manifested into a "sound." The Intro is brilliant. How often do you hear the artist talk to you like this? And for it to be about poor producing is even better. I would like to see more records have a track like that. The Night the Carousel Burned down definitely has that relatable feeling of loss. Interesting, sad and eerie. Saving Grace has a weird opening mix. Otherwise, a sing-songy song. Feels like a George Harrison song, which is funny since Rundgren apparently things the Beatles are over-rated. This album is an odd listen. It kind of goes all over. A love song about Marlene followed by the song of a Viking? Marlene was a beauty though, so I get writing a song about her! A few solid rock songs in the middle of this record. He can certainly rock on the guitar when he goes after it. I like Dust in the Wind. Has an Elton John/Billy Joel quality. Piss Aaron - it is stupid, but it's cool. Hello it's Me - Everyone knows this one. I didn't realize it had that little count down start. He's really working out a constructivist approach to this album. Slut is also Elton John-esque. The Bitch is Back kind of vibe.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

3.5. Pretty chill. Noting truly special.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Didn't get it. Very common sound.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Well that album did include my very favourite track by him ! Nevertheless, much as I enjoyed listening to it it only scores a 3*

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

it may sound dated, but this is the album that influenced 80s and 90s rock and is still influential today.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

There's a lot of schmaltzy 70s MOR rock here, but at least it's super well produced. The rockers here can really rock too, so all in all a worthwhile listen.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Didn't end well but was quite an interesting listen

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

This was a little much. Best track: Couldn't I Just Tell You

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Liked his songs

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

There was a bit too much, but I liked the personalization of a few of the spoken clips a little. Some interesting sounds. Favorite songs were I Saw the Light (pre-existing, but still), Wolfman Jack, Saving Grace, Couldn't I Just Tell You, and Dust in the Wind.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Groundbreaking stuff, but the constant experimentation gets a bit tiresome over the course of a long album

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Tue Feb 01 2022
3

Decent album that's a bit too long and too all over the place to really get going and leave an impression

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Tue Feb 01 2022
3

Very interesting and talented musician, but the 4 movement album seems all over the place and not as well planned out as say Stills’ double album. Production and musicianship is great but the songs never really take off.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Very inoffensive

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

3/5

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Tue Feb 08 2022
3

mmm very unmemorable. it wasn’t terrible but i just didn’t like it and it went on much longer than i wanted it to. it was just fine.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
3

Bloat central, but I liked a lot of what I heard.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

Старый лирический рок-ен-рольчик)

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

Not my fave...

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Tue Mar 01 2022
3

A decent enough album. A bit long. There is good guitar and instrumentals throughout. Some songs pretty mellow where others rock harder. Strange mix. A few classic hits...Hello it's me... Overall ok. Although nothing truly exciting to listen to repeatedly for me.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

3.5/5 goodish, i'll have to relisten

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Tue Mar 08 2022
3

3 i guess, it was meh but I can't say it was bad.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
3

Some really good songs, some weird songs

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

It's kind of a bizarre album. Some good songs here and there. 3/5 Standouts: Hello, It's Me, I Saw The Light, Others: It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference,

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Ohh, this is who sings all those songs I've heard on 97.1 the Drive

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

Three stars, maybe? A landmark album for many but I'm not sure I'm sold on this one. It's sure impressive that Todd Rundgren played almost all the instruments on this album. And there are some choice cuts in it, from "I Saw The Light" to "Wolfmann Jack", not to mention the atmospheric waltz "The Night The Carousel Burned Down" or the awfully good power pop hit "Couldn't I Just Tell You"--here foretelling many later great tracks of a genre that was still in its infancy in 1972 (say hi to The Cars, Weezer and The Posies from me, please). The thing is, those cuts are here mixed with many tracks that often border on muzak or elevator music. And when I say "many", I really mean it, since it's a double LP. Of course, I *do* realize that double albums such as these should be unafraid to explore stylistic u-turns and take risks of some kind to justify their sheer length. But can the human mind stand *so many* meandering laneways that rarely have a proper destination point here? And this in *one single take*, to boot. Case in point: "I Went To The Mirror". After a long pointless dirge, the track starts to get interesting with a bluesy Led-Zeppelin-like riff that gets things a little more animated and lively. But almost immediately, the song fades out, just as we were getting to something. This feeling of an unfinished business pertains to many other parts of this double album. And even when things get a little more interesting, like in the track that follows, "Black Maria", one often can't refrain from comparing the proceedings to other staple acts from the sixties and seventies. Yes, Todd Rundgren can remind you of the Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin or even the Rolling Stones (see also the nice closer "Slut"). But can he be as memorable, charming and evocative as the Fab Four? Can he be as deliriously histrionic and "over the top" as Queen? Can he rock as hard as Jagger and Richards, or Plant, Page, Bonham and Jones? No, he can't, and this for all the examples we've just quoted. As a result, he's stuck in a sort of limbo: he's an excellent and imaginative musician, but he's not a perfect songwriter or performer (his voice is a bit dull at times). And as such, he's doomed to stand below all those rock legends we've just mentioned. Conversely, he's not leftfield or abrasive enough to offer something that would counter this overall "mixed bag" narrative either. He sure tries to be more daring sonically speaking in later tracks such as "Little Red Lights". But it's too little and too late, especially at this point of the second record... Some fans might argue that the chords change are often off-kilter or unexpected. Maybe, but it's the same question as the one we've asked before, is it not? Are those chord changes leading somewhere? Nope, they definitely aren't. Take "Torch Song", for instance. Sure, it's nice and delicate, and it offers thoughtful instrumentation and arrangements. But basically, it's just another interlude. The emotions it tries to convey at first do not feel earned at the end, if only because the latter comes too soon, once again. To put it in a nutshell, I feel like this is a record where technical prowess doesn't always lead to truly *compelling* songwriting. And just like the flowery wallpaper aesthetics of its cover, most of the sounds and melodies displayed in *Something/Anything* appear slightly quaint today, if not downright cheesy sometimes. So I can understand listening to this album once because of its cultural importance, and overall it's been an interesting listen, if not always a pleasant one. But I'm not sure I ever want to play that album again now that I've listened to it. Life's too short to waste it on stuff that doesn't convey genuine emotions to you. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 949 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 23 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 14 (including this one?) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me): 15

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

Let's get the obvious out the way first: this is just too damn long, a common flaw in Todd Rundgren albums. One wishes that he could suppress his brobdingnagian tendencies and just focus on producing one great slab of vinyl rather than two middlers packaged together. However, that's hardly the only flaw present. That feels harsh, and it's not as if the album sounds bad, but the first three sides merge into a bog-standard 70s powerpop/AOR rock that neither offends nor inspires. So paradoxically, we have an overtly ambitious record that tries to play as safe as possible. However, side 4 markedly improves things, being rockier, more awake, and quite a bit funnier. As such, side 4 raises this to a 3-starrer, but that's all it can do.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

Starts off good but kind of fizzles out.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Nothing awful about this album. Equally nothing noteworthy. Insanely average.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Theirs some really solid songs on here, but this album unfortunately falls victim to the “double album padding” syndrome- where the artist def has enough material for a single LP but nowhere near enough to make a double lp. Theirs a lot of forgettable stuff here mixed In with the gold.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Fascinating that he decided to play all the instruments himself for this record. I remember quite a few of these songs from radio airplay in my youth. They are catchy and very reflective of early 70s pop. He's an excellent songwriter and I like his performances. I say that out of appreciation of the craft and work, not as much from a personal aesthetic preference perspective. I don't find myself listening to and enjoying this style of music so much these days, but I understand it's influence.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Getting tires of saying albums are just 'fine', but here's another one that is just that.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

Very decent singer songwriter. Easy to listen to

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Sat Jul 30 2022
3

Mostly enjoyable but 'Slut' is a really sour note to end on.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

The album name aptly names the process Todd used to choose what tracks to include on his album.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

This album is fine, like pretty good, but holy crap is it long. It felt like it was a million years long.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

This wasn’t just an album, this was an experience. Seems like he was given the keys to a huge studio and he made anything and everything. Some really interesting tracks and some really boring ones too. I want to give it 4 but I probably won’t be revisiting this album anytime soon.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Haven't listened to any Todd Rundgren before. This albums a lot of fun. Very impressive work him playing the majority/all the instruments. Nothing really stands out or grabs me. My favourite tracks probably are It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference & Black Maria

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

I love the intro in the middle and the bits of dissonance and unexpected winks spaced throughout. Also good sound variety from song to song. Didn’t get through the whole thing but I can hear the shades of brilliance in it.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

I've an odd relationship with Todd Rundgren in that I've always got him mixed up with Dolph Lundgren and when I was a kid thought they were one and the same. And tbh I'd probably want to listen to an album by Dolph.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

I saw the light and Hello it’s me are really great sngles that have stood the test of time and they sound pretty fresh even today. The rest of the album is full of pop ballads and even gasp, show tunes that aren’t as notable, but kudos to him for playing most of the instruments on 3/4 of this double album release.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

"Hello It's Me" is one of my favorite Carole King-esque hits from back in the day. Listening to it now, it's still fresh - I love the interplay between Todd, the trumpet, the horn section, the back-up singers and the drums - I would have never guessed it was THE SAME PERSON doing every part, and producing of course. Amazing! I like that he attributes his prolific song-writing and production to Ritalin and weed. There are some great songs, though a few of the sound similar, which is bound to happen when you record 25 songs in 26 minutes.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Convencional pero también muy atrevido para esa época ¿es su mejor disco?

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Good double album. Enjoy it and wouldnt throw it away but rare listen

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

A cool album. I’m glad I listened to it.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Some catchy tunes and nice melodies but it was very long and there were weird noises!

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Interesting album, enjoyed the listen , weird pop from the 70’s

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Tue Oct 04 2022
3

Very classic

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Sat Oct 08 2022
3

Pleasant 70’s easy listening. Decent songs, album, and playing, but it won’t stay in my regular rotation.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

Yeah alright. Nothing amazing

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

This was really good psychedelic rock at times, I’d rank it higher if it weren’t for the slower lovey jams that interrupted the pace of this album. Favourite stretch of the album is likely from Song of the Viking to One More Day and the live jams to close it out had good energy. Crazy to see Rundgren has a new release coming out tomorrow 10/14/2022 with Rivers Cuomo making an appearance. Could have been a 4 but I’ll go 3.5

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Liked a handful of songs but overall kinda blah!

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Pretty chill. Nice listen

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