Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
With a Twist
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Nice change of pace - not merely a send-up of his own stuff
John Walker | 07/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not since I once heard Dread Zeppelin's cover blends of Led Zeppelin crossed with Elvis Presley in have I heard such profoundly creative remakes of classic rock songs. While it should come as no real surprise that Rundgren himself is capable of rethinking his own material, here is a truly original synthesis, treating his material with due respect even as he has reconstituted it. The only song this approach does not work with, 'Hello, It's Me', sounds a wee bit over the top and campy. Every other song is smooth, smooth, smooth. The effect is heightened if you make this the chaser to other albums of his and find yourself comparing one rendition to another."
An excellent "twist" on some of Todd's most enduring songs.
Shawn | 02/03/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Looks like some of your previous reviewers have completly missed the point on this release. Bossa Nova music dictates a "dry, passionless,offbeat vocal delivery". I have gone back to this album more than I have any of the most recent Rundgren albums. It sets a great mood from beginning to end and the brilliance of the songs speaks for itself. It is wonderful to hear these compositions in this fresh context and though tongue is planted firmly in cheek this works on a very serious level. Lighten up Motown person !"
Cool, very cool (but I didn't care for Hello It's Me)
Joseph Townsend | Hattiesburg, Ms. USA | 07/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Seriously, I like this album a lot, and it is very good, as one reviewer already noted, to put on as background music. You can enjoy these bossa nova covers on several different levels, but I also agree with another reviewer who called Todd's treatment of "Hello Its Me" as "weird". I did like several songs that I was not familiar with a lot (Mated, Influenza). Never Neverland works very well in this style, but perhaps the biggest surprise is the uptempo treatment of "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference". I found the album to have an overall fresh feel to it, and I did think that the production was very good with nice vocals. "A Dream Goes on Forever" was also very nicely done. I don't think most fans will be disappointed, but I think that maybe a few more songs could have been covered on the album. I give it a good solid 4 stars."