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Editors’ Notes

For a brief moment in the early Seventies, a window opened and Todd Rundgren let forth a flood of pitch-perfect pop songs. The result was the double album opus Something/ Anything, which is still regarded as the highlight of Rundgren’s catalogue. Heavily imbued with the soft-rock atmosphere that was beginning to take hold of the industry, Something/Anything is more dated and less edgy than #1 Record, the guitar-driven masterpiece by Memphis group Big Star that has tended to obscure Something/Anything as the reigning power-pop masterpiece of 1972. But if you're willing to indulge Something/Anything in its pooka-bead-and-shag-carpet atmosphere, the album will transport you to a time when listening to a well-executed AM radio rock song on headphones provided an unparalleled musical high. Where Big Star used guitars, Rundgren uses piano, and his Carole King/Laura Nyro obsession blooms on yearning ballads like “Cold Morning Light” and “Torch Song,” and pop-rock pieces like “One More Day” and “Hello It’s Me.” “Black Maria” is spacey stoner-pop, while “The Night the Carousel Burned” is a swirling Seventies sequel to “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds.” The tighter Rundgren’s songwriting, the better the results. The bratty Beatles-influenced bop he introduced on “Little Red Lights” and “Slut” would serve as the basis for Cheap Trick’s hits a few years later, and if nothing else on Something/Anything grabs you, turn to the stone-cold classic rock of “Couldn’t I Just Tell You,” a gem that is in waiting to be rediscovered.

Customer Reviews

Good intro to Todd

This is my favorite Todd album. If you have never experienced Todd, this is a good start. His sense of humor really shines through. I love the hits, but P**s Aaron and S**t are hilarious. I even liked the instrumental track, Breathless. I would recommend this to all classic rock fans...Todd's fans already know it's one of the best choices!

Perfect 5 * star album

There is a reason why the 9 previous reviews all gave this album 5 stars it is a perfect record, todds best. read all of the nice things said about this record in all reviews.

A Masterpiece

A must have! One listen and your totally hooked. Todd uses a great mix of rock, pop and soul which lures the listener into every song. The catchy lyrics and masterful tempo changes goes to show how strong Todd is as a songwriter as well as musician. One of Rolling Stones best 500 albums of all time. Listen you won't regret it.


Born: June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Todd Rundgren's best-known songs -- the Carole King pastiche "I Saw the Light," the ballads "Hello, It's Me" and "Can We Still Be Friends," and the goofy novelty "Bang on the Drum All Day" -- suggest that he is a talented pop craftsman, but nothing more than that. On one level, that perception is true since he is undoubtedly a gifted pop songwriter, but at his core, Rundgren is a rock & roll maverick. Once he had a taste of success with his 1972 masterwork Something/Anything?, Rundgren chose to abandon...
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