Here We Discuss Todd Rundgren's Bizarro "Healing"

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Yeah it's a very unique album sonically, especially his use of drum machines (frogbs, you were otm about this a few years ago). A few of the tracks on The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect explore this vibe too (thinking "Influenza" and "Don't Hurt Yourself" and "Chant" in particular). But Healing is really special, definitely the best of Todd's one-man-band albums. The entire side 2 "Healing" suite is one of my favorite pieces of music--about as serene and spiritually affecting as rock-adjacent music gets. Sandro Perri's "In Another Life" from a couple years ago a achieves a similar zen-to-infinity effect

J. Sam, Thursday, 18 February 2021 14:56 (one month ago) link

Actually just listened to those Tortured Artist Effect tracks I mentioned, and the drum machines and synths sound way more run-of-the-mill compared to Healing than I remembered

J. Sam, Thursday, 18 February 2021 15:11 (one month ago) link

yeah all those sounds going off on “healing part 2” O_O

brimstead, Thursday, 18 February 2021 15:19 (one month ago) link

I've listened to this a few times, including this morning. I'm a Todd fan but don't know what to make of it; I think his spiritual aims are sincere, but I'm not won over. The textures are unusual for the era but the songs aren't compelling, except for "Time Heals", which I enjoy but is kind of Todd-by-numbers. I actually like some of the Utopia stuff from this era, I'll keep listening.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 18 February 2021 18:18 (one month ago) link

i am listening to this for the first time on spotify and i really enjoy it thus far (at healing part 1) and i possibly enjoy it more than any other todd rundgren album ive heard (all the 70s ones)

Dusty Benelux (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 18 February 2021 18:56 (one month ago) link

xp yeah that's what makes this so odd, of his 30-some odd albums this is the only one that seems completely sincere. even the requisite novelty tune ("Golden Goose") is more bizarre than fun.

one of the things that always gets me is that booming, slowed-down bass drum sound on "Flesh" sounds like an old PC game glitching out

frogbs, Thursday, 18 February 2021 19:00 (one month ago) link

I love “time heals and “tiny demons” both very very much

brimstead, Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:30 (one month ago) link

‘Healing’ pt 3 is one of favourite tracks...nobody does gorgeous warm euphoria like Todd

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Thursday, 18 February 2021 21:21 (one month ago) link

I mean the 8 minutes of "Shine" is just....what da fuck

Yes. Even tho I mentioned it in my OP, I had forgotten what a truly unique lump of strange this song is.

I will rep until I die for the Healing suite. When it comes to Todd I will always make time for the melisma-tizing, the wobbly homemade electronics, the “spiritual” percussion and Fauxtown sax riffs.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 21 February 2021 19:24 (one month ago) link

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