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Todd Rundgren - Liars
Label: Sanctuary / Castle
Release: 2004

Happy Anniversary
Soul Brother
Stood Up
God Said
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I've read a number of reviews where people have said this is Todd's best album in 25 years. Although, since I'm a die-hard fan I would say he's had plenty of good albums since then. But this DOES rank up there as one of his absolute best.

Todd hasn't released a "proper" album since 1995's "The Individualist". Since then, there's been "With A Twist", which was songs he'd already done, but re-recorded Bossa-Nova style. Then there was "One Long Year", which was just a compilation of songs he distributed through his company "Patro Net". And in between those, there have been countless "Bootleg live" albums and remix albums.

And now, FINALLY, there's a proper brand new Todd Rundgren album. The one fans have been waiting for. And Todd doesn't dissapoint.

The album's concept is like the title states: "Liars". I think what Todd writes in the booklet best sums up the concept.

"All of these songs are about a paucity of truth. At first they may seem to be about other things, but that is just a reflection of how much dishonesty we have accepted in our daily lives. We are not raised from birth to believe things that cannot be proven or that are plainly not true. People will often brag of their honesty, when there is so much they have simply chosen to ignore or leave unexamined. The fact is, we are terrified of the truth."

That pretty much sums up the whole concept. The album starts out with the song "Truth", as in, "I'm gonna find the truth cause it aint here. It's nowhere near." And the album goes from there. Each song connects to the next song. Track three is one of my favorites, called "Happy Anniversery". It starts out from the point of view of a woman, who talks about how men are stupid. Then goes to the man's point of view, about how women are evil. It all ties in the chorus, "Men are stupid, women are evil. And that's just the way it's got to be. Happy anniversery!"

"Future" is another interesting track. It's about how today's world is absolutly nothing like anyone imagined thirty years ago. He sings, "I'm supposed to drive a flying car. I'm supposed to have a home on Mars. I'm supposed to live 200 years. I'm supposed to live in the future."

Another one of my favorite cuts is "God Said". It starts out from the point of view of someone who hasn't accepted God into their lives, but wants to. Yet every time he tries, he feels that God isn't listening. Then it goes to the point of view of God, as if he were speaking to that person, telling him to get over himself.

"There's no anger in me, you must mean someone else
Cause it's not me that you see, you're looking at yourself
And I won't give you a prize instead of someone else
Cause I don't play favorites so get over yourself"

"And you will kill in my name and heaven knows what else
When you can't prove I exist, so get over yourself."

The album closes with "Liar", another one of my favorite cuts.

All in all, this is a superb album from Todd. I couldn't be more pleased. The only downside is that there's no guitar on the album, which is one thing Todd does best. Even still, he seems to make up for that factor.

And another thing. The cover art is Todd dressed as the easter bunny, hiding behind a chair eating easter eggs. The ironic thing being that this album came out just before easter.

I just can't say enough praise about this album. It's probably my favorite to come out so far this year. I highly reccomend it to anyone.

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