July 31, 1978 12:00 PM

Todd Rundgren

Rundgren’s LPs all have a gorgeous and meticulously crafted sound that has earned him a reputation as something of a genius in the studio. He can also play and sing pretty well, as in pop smoothies like his current hit, Can We Still Be Friends? and his thundering satirical statement on punk, Out of Control. In fact, Stevie Wonder notwithstanding, Todd may be one of a kind, since he not only plays and sings all 12 tunes, but wrote, produced and arranged them. Some are refreshingly novel, as in the delightful Onomatopoeia “every time I see ya.” If Rundgren’s quaint rock’n’roll nihilism ever needed some charming lyrical thrust, he provides it in the same love song: “Jingle, rattle, squeel, boing, / Honk, hoot, hack, belch.” This album is anything but a plop-plop-fizz-fizz.

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