Wizard/A True Star

Wizard/A True Star

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by Todd Rundgren
     
 

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Something/Anything? proved that Todd Rundgren could write a pop classic as gracefully as any of his peers, but buried beneath the surface were signs that he would never be satisfied as merely a pop singer/songwriter. A close listen to the album reveals the eccentricities and restless spirit that surges to the forefront on its follow-up, A Wizard, a True StarSee more details below

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Something/Anything? proved that Todd Rundgren could write a pop classic as gracefully as any of his peers, but buried beneath the surface were signs that he would never be satisfied as merely a pop singer/songwriter. A close listen to the album reveals the eccentricities and restless spirit that surges to the forefront on its follow-up, A Wizard, a True Star. Anyone expecting the third record of Something/Anything?, filled with variations on "I Saw the Light" and "Hello It's Me," will be shocked by A Wizard. As much a mind-f*ck as an album, A Wizard, a True Star rarely breaks down to full-fledged songs, especially on the first side, where songs and melodies float in and out of a hazy post-psychedelic mist. Stylistically, there may not be much new -- he touched on so many different bases on Something/Anything? that it's hard to expand to new territory -- but it's all synthesized and assembled in fresh, strange ways. Often, it's a jarring, disturbing listen, especially since Rundgren's humor has turned bizarre and insular. It truly takes a concerted effort on the part of the listener to unravel the record, since Rundgren makes no concessions -- not only does the soul medley jerk in unpredictable ways, but the anthemic closer, "Just One Victory," is layered with so many overdubs that it's hard to hear its moving melody unless you pay attention. And that's the key to understanding A Wizard, a True Star -- it's one of those rare rock albums that demands full attention and, depending on your own vantage, it may even reward such close listening.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227086428
catalogNumber:
70864
Rank:
52254

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Todd Rundgren   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Rick Derringer   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Horn
David Sanborn   Horn,Saxophone
M. Frog Labat   Synthesizer
Randy Brecker   Horn
Mark "Moogy" Klingman   Keyboards
Barry Rogers   Trombone
Ralph Schuckett   Bass
John Siegler   Bass,Cello
John Siomos   Drums

Technical Credits

Todd Rundgren   Composer,Producer
Tom Cosgrove   Contributor
Bill Gelber   Contributor
Ralph Shuckett   Contributor
John Sieger   Contributor
Arthur Wood   Cover Painting

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