Todd Rundgren's "Liars"...

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This was my fave of the year when it came out: http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=1932

Re-listening these last few days, I'm still struck by it. Like every great Todd record, its flaws (not fatal, but "Soul Brother", "Mammon" and the title track are among them) actually enhance the sense that creativity overflows from the man. And "Afterlife", "God Says", "Truth" and "Past" are still among his best ever.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 5 November 2005 17:55 (sixteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Many years later, what that guy said.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 05:37 (eleven years ago) link

seven years pass...

idk why I slept on this record but it's really quite nice isn't it? sort of a Healing Part 2, not to mention almost certainly the best record he's done since then. are the ones after this any good??

frogbs, Monday, 17 September 2018 13:20 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

ok, I'll answer my own question: no. though State may be close.

all the clearly fake instrumentation fits in with the concept of the album, I think. that probably wasn't intentional, but since all the tracks are about deception to some degree the fact that it kinda sounds like Far Side Virtual is actually pretty cool. probably could've been mastered better though. digital drums have this sibilance to them that the drum machines he's used in the past don't.

imo the album is solid - maybe has too many weird tracks next to each other in the first half but once you get to stuff like Past and Afterlife it really sounds like he's as good as ever. God Said reminds me of the best moments on Healing. the issue is that it's just too long. I actually don't know what songs I'd cut, but a lot of them could have lost a minute or so.

probably no real demand for it but it could really use a re-press. I think it's a Top 5 Todd album

frogbs, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 04:08 (one month ago) link

Coming up on 20 years. As S/A-era Todd would say, "Yikes!"

henry s, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 12:21 (one month ago) link


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