Todd Rundgren’s stressed creativity has served him nicely through the years. Whether or not crafting solo masterpieces like One thing/Something? and A Wizard, a True Star, or producing albums for artists as numerous as Grand Funk Railroad and XTC, he is as precision-driven as he’s indiscriminating.
These character traits make him a great collaborator in addition to a attainable nightmare within the studio. However there’s additionally no denying his workmanlike consideration to element has yielded a protracted listing of all-time-best albums by lots of the artists he is labored with: Grand Funk Railroad (We’re an American Band), Meat Loaf (Bat Out of Hell), New York Dolls (New York Dolls) and XTC (Skylarking), amongst them.
House Pressure arrives as a hybrid work: half Rundgren solo album, half Rundgren sitting within the producer’s chair. Like on 2017’s White Knight, he collaborates with a variety of artists whose resumes are as lengthy and as diverse as his. Friends this time embody members of Low cost Trick, the Roots, Sparks and Weezer, they usually assist Rundgren fulfill his boundless curiosity in the dozen new songs collected right here.
And like White Knight, House Pressure is at its most fascinating when the artists’ sense of journey matches Rundgren’s or when Rundgren himself wades deep into studio-wizard waters. The extra on the market they get, the higher the outcomes. However House Pressure is fairly standard, so far as Rundgren albums go, so do not anticipate finding many causes to revisit the file in the best way his ’70s catalog invited deeper dives.
Adrian Belew assists within the New Age/soft-rock homage “Puzzle,” the Sparks collaboration “Your Fandango” is a summit of ’70s outre artists and the novelty throwback with Rivers Cuomo, “Down With the Ship,” comes and goes and not using a second thought. Solely “Espionage” with rapper Narcy, “I am Not Your Canine” with a recreation Thomas Dolby and the muscular “STFU” with Low cost Trick’s Rick Nielsen make an impression. Greater than two dozen albums into his solo profession (plus LPs with the Nazz and Utopia), Rundgren remains to be steering towards sudden locations. Simply do not anticipate to be engaged for the whole length of the journey.
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