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Global [Deluxe Version]
     

Global [Deluxe Version]

by Todd Rundgren
 

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Many of Todd Rundgren's adventures in the new millennium were marked by restless flitting about from one idea to the next, but Global finds him more or less adopting the groove he started on 2013's State. Certainly, the one-word title picks up the thread of State, expanding his outlook from the nation to the world at large,

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Many of Todd Rundgren's adventures in the new millennium were marked by restless flitting about from one idea to the next, but Global finds him more or less adopting the groove he started on 2013's State. Certainly, the one-word title picks up the thread of State, expanding his outlook from the nation to the world at large, and there's an undeniable undercurrent of social protest, or at least discontent, flowing underneath Global. Musing about life on "This Island Earth," Rundgren posits that if "we don't rise, we will fall," one of many vague calls to arms peppered throughout the record. This being Todd, the good intentions are often inextricable from the silliness, reaching some kind of fever pitch on "Earth Mother," where he shouts out to his sisters without ever quite realizing that his call for "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" could be seen as vaguely condescending. Then again, one of the great pleasures of Rundgren is how he'll camouflage his message in sheer absurdity. He doesn't attempt to hide this goofiness on Global, not when it opens with a "Bang on the Drum" update called "Ev'rybody," where he claims "everybody wants a twerk from Miley." This isn't the only time Todd conjures memories of The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect, either; large chunks of Global pulsate to a similar AOR spin on new wave, but he pushes these melodic tendencies through homemade tech filters and other modern accouterments, including a jape at EDM. Sometimes these stylish flirtations are done in jest, sometimes they're done stone-cold sober, sometimes it's hard to tell the difference, but that's what is compelling about Global: it's perched at a point between the past and the present, protest and satire, and that inscrutability is often where Rundgren does interesting work. [A Limited Edition CD/DVD was released in 2015.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2015
Label:
Esoteric Antenna
UPC:
5013929474833
catalogNumber:
21048
Rank:
260761

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Evrybody
  2. Flesh & Blood
  3. Rise
  4. Holyland
  5. Blind
  6. Earth Mother
  7. Global Nation
  8. Soothe
  9. Terra Firma
  10. Fate
  11. Skyscraper
  12. This Island Earth

Disc 2

  1. Lysistrata
  2. I Don't Want to Tie You Down
  3. 96 Tears
  4. I Was Born to Synthesize
  5. Cliché
  6. Black and White
  7. Blow Me (You Hardly Even Know Me)
  8. The Song of the Viking
  9. Compassion
  10. Too Far Gone
  11. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
  12. Patches
  13. Love of the Common Man
  14. I Saw the Light
  15. Endless Prairie - Lorne Greene
  16. I'm a Gun
  17. There Goes my Inspiration
  18. Determination
  19. Past
  20. The Wheel
  21. One World

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Todd Rundgren   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Kasim Sulton   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Jesse Gress   Guitar
Gregg Bendian   Drums

Technical Credits

Todd Rundgren   Composer,Producer
General Johnson   Composer
Roger Powell   Composer
Kasim Sulton   Composer
Chris Andersen   Producer
Ken Darby   Composer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Eric Gardner   Executive Producer
Ed Grenga   Composer
Rudy Martinez   Composer
John Wilcox   Composer
Phil Smee   Layout
Robert Emmett Dolan   Composer
Douglas Stevens   Composer
Chase Pierson   Director

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