Title - 'Global'
Artist - Todd Rundgren
A musical maverick who could create the sweetest pop and the densest art rock, sometimes putting the two extremes on the same album, Todd Rundgren has, seemingly, been around in this business for hundreds of years.
During the '70s, his records were underground favorites, and his albums continued to chart until 1991, nearly 20 years after his commercial peak. In those 20 years, Rundgren may have existed largely on the fringes of pop music, but he produced a body of work that ranks as one of the most intriguing in rock & roll.
Rundgren's latest musical vision, Global is a contemporary fusion of styles - rock, soul and electronica - that continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius.
The album opens with the purposely misspelt 'Evrybody,' a hard edged cut that pounds out of the speakers, before giving way to the more translucent synth waves of 'Flesh & Blood.' The gifted pop songwriter, with a core of a rock & roll maverick continues onwards with the 80's Depeche Mode-esque 'Rise,' and backs that with the lite synth jaunt of 'Holyland' and then the slow motion cascade of 'Blind.'
'Earth Mother' is a collective shout out to all those women in history that have inspired Rundgren, such as Rosa Parks, and is followed by the frenetic, high octave vocals of the title track, 'Global Nation.' Internationally acknowledged as the Godfather of the marriage of music and multimedia, Rundgren next brings us 'Soothe' and then the trippy breeze of 'Terra Firma.' This experimental-sounding album is then rounded out with the personal storytelling of 'Fate,' the hands above the head sway clapping of 'Skyscraper,' and then, finally, 'This Island Earth.'
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