Sunday, June 5, 2011
Todd Rundgren - Nearly Human (1989)
The underrated god of pop music struck gold again as a certain cheesy decade came to a close, and boy is it a doozy. Although it's got that 80's reverb-drenched production, a distinct soul-driven power pop feel reminiscent of Rundgren's early 70's work is key to the sonic fragments throughout Nearly Human, and the songs are as strong as anything he's ever written at his peak. In particular, 'Fidelity' is a minor Quiet Storm classic that oozes sheer class, while the 7-minute 'Hawking' is an epic in every sense of the word. Grand choruses, lush instrumentation and lyrical ironies abound, and its these things where Todd succeeds best.
Basically, this is one of those underrated classics that simply has to be heard to be appreciated, so take the opportunity to remedy that through my post here!