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Liars [CD]

Todd Rundgren Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0001MXT14
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Truth
2. Sweet
3. Happy Anniversary
4. Soul Brother
5. Stood Up
6. Mammon
7. Future
8. Past
9. Wondering
10. Flaw
11. Afterlife
12. Living
13. God Said
14. Liar

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BBC Review

It's an amazing fact of life that after over thirty years of producing astounding, beautiful, frustrating, complex and genre-defying music, Todd Rundgren still remains to many (especially in the UK) a word of mouth cult. Always more renowned for his production work for artists as disparate as Meat Loaf (Bat Out Of Hell), and the New York Dolls, the very mention of his name in some faithful quarters can induce apoplectic bouts of proselytizing. To them he's a visionary without whom there would be no Prince, MTV, or access to internet music (his most recent work has been available only as downloads for subscribers). Truth be told, it's always been this wilful refusal to be shoehorned into a bracket that's hindered widespread acceptance - he's a master of every style from classic soul to bizarre electronica. But with Liars, his first album proper for nearly a decade, he may yet claw back the reputation that he first earned in the 70s with albums like Something/Anything? or The Hermit Of Mink Hollow - stuffed with self-penned, self-produced masterpieces.

Todd's status as an outsider was also sealed by his vaulting (some would say over-reaching) ambition. No subject was ever deemed too grand or heavy (remember, we're talking about a man who once wrote pieces about chakras and the healing power of music!) and there's always been a strong thread of spiritual questing in his work. Liars is no exception. Taking as its theme the lies we encounter in our daily lives, it scrutinises not only the small fibs that we have to tell ourselves to get through a day (''Happy Anniversary'', ''Flaw'', ''Past'') or the ones fed to us by the media ("Soul Brother"), but also the big ones either handed down by our peers or perpetuated by our own flawed humanity. Paraded before us are the fundamentalist lies of recent world events (''Liar''. ''Mammon'') and the spiritual myths created by our so-called civilization (''God Said'', ''Afterlife''). However, don't let this gravity put you off. The album's more weighty concerns come couched in some of the most consistently enjoyable music he's made for aeons.

From the trance-like opener, ''Truth'', it's obvious that he's kept his influences as fresh as ever. Indeed, the whole album bursts with creative vigour, its programmed grooves dripping with loopy electronica (especially on ''Stood Up'' or ''Happy Anniversary''). With only old cohorts Kasim Sulton (bass), Jesse Gress (guitar), John Ferenzik (keyboards) and The Tube's Prairie Prince (drums) for company he manages to fuse new and old with his singular genius for harmony. Old fans will find much to enjoy here, from the skewed humour of ''Stood Up'' to ''Past''; the most gorgeous, tear-inducing, blue-eyed soul ballad he's written in years.

One can't help but detect in this, and in tracks such as ''Future'' (where he bemoans the lie of a non-existent gleaming future that was sold to our generation), a coming-to-terms with the process of growing older. Yet he's by no means mellowed or succumbed to pointless bitterness. On this evidence he still has the energy, not only to keep pace with the contemporary scene but to point the way. Long may he continue to defy our expectations... --Chris Jones

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Here we go Again? 30 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I had begun to feel that in order to hear something new and interesting in the present climate of musical plagiarism that I could no longer turn to the stalwarts of past originality and could only look towards the David Meads of this world.
Well, would you believe it, Todd Rundgren has come out with something amazing, completely out of the blue, and not at all true to recent form. Yes, he has given us little titbits over the past decade or so to just about keep us going but I certainly did not expect this masterpiece.
After a few listens, his choice of computerised backing for all the songs instead of using real instruments (apart from the occasional guitar and flute solos) starts to make sense. Also, bear in mind that this a Todd Rundgren album; the songs will tend to grow on you the more that you listen to them.
The lyrics are a lesson to song writers everywhere and, added to his musical ability to compose wonderful tunes with interesting chord sequences, there is a wealth of treasures to savour.
Buy and Thoroughly Enjoy!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - and that's the truth 6 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
Let me nail my colours to the mast: yes I am a die-hard Todd fan, who loves the Holy Trinity of "Something/Anything", "A Wizard A True Star" and "Todd" - the best three consecutive albums ever made. However, I will concede that some of Todd's later output has been uneven, and even a trial for those who do not "get it".
No problems with this record though - its packed (and I mean PACKED) with great songs. "Soulbrother" is indeed the "soul brother" to Ben Folds' "Rocking the Suburbs" - sardonic lyrics with the catchiest Georgie Fame "yeah yeah" organ vibe. "Stoodup" is the typical Todd pop confection - more hooks than velcro, and inspired hangover backing vocals. I'm waiting for "Liar" (sans vocals) to become the backing track to one of BBC Sport's edited sequences (for Euro 2004 or the Olympics say) - it packs power and drama, leaving you exhausted. "Godsaid" is wonderfully thought provoking, with God's voice as sweet as an angel's.
There are no bad tracks (well, maybe "Mammon" isn't as strong as the rest), and Todd's voice has so much soul and depth its scary.
If I have one faint crirticism, it is that the music just keeps coming at you! Imagine a Michelin 3 star restaurant where you are offered 14 main courses. Sometimes you need the occasional sorbet to cleanse the pallette. And the irony is, Todd has been accused in the past of throwing silly songs into his CDs for no good reason. Now I know the reason - he knows what he's doing!
Todd is back at his creative best, crossing genres and defying his critics, producing one of the albums of the year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd is still Godd 12 May 2004
By Callie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
We have waited a little time for Todd to deliver another classic and this is never off the stereo !This is Todd's blue eyed soul album and I'm in Heaven ! His voice is as good as ever not to mention his songwriting,which concentrates on the heavy subject of the TRUTH (Mr Bush gets a mention here !!)
All the tracks blend nicely into a soulful groove and the only track that seems out of place is "Mammon",but what the heck,it's still listenable ! "In "Soulbrother" he mourns the loss of Classic Soul (Otis,James Brown etc)
"Liar" the final track rocks along and Todd lets loose with some fine lead guitar.
One of the classic guitar mags slagged this off,don't listen to them (they probably didn't like it because there was very little guitar on this recording !!)
Final word from Todd... Taken from the sleevenotes "The fact is,we are terrified of the truth" YIKES !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Runt 13 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is about as good as your gonna get for TR album in 2004. It's sleek, Apple Mac assissted, white-soul-power-pop with a lyrical bite. There might be a bit of mush on here (as on almost every Todd album actually, but no one ever seems to say that!) but just crank up the likes of "Stood Up" and "Sweet" as soon as you get this and ask the lord how Todd can still write songs as infectuous as this. Todd is Godd.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
Rundgren comes alive with this, his first album of new material in over a decade. Forget the dismal 'Second Wind' and 'One Long Year' CDs and go buy this album.
But why should you? The simple reason being that Todd has brought together a number of songs that are full of colour, depth and will leave you breathless.
Songs such as 'Past'(which is Marvin Gaye throughout) will leave you just thinking that he still has the GREATEST VOICE ever, whilst 'Flaw' is the song that Justine Timberlake wished he had written and sung. 'Truth' is techno throughout and will leave you wanting to get up and dance and 'The Wondering' is simply imaginative. 'Afterlife' has an infectious chorus that reminds me a little of Utopia.
It's hard to fault this near-perfect album, but like with all near-perfect albums, there is always a song that is little less good than the others. Thus, Liars is no exception. For me 'Mammon' is a bit weak. I think something in Todd's voice makes it a little less appealing, and musically it doesn't fit in with the rest of the album. But this is just a minor criticism.
To write about the lyrical content of the album would take more than Amazon would allow me to write. All I can say is, first, buy the album, then listen to the music and then read the lyrics and make your own inferences. You WILL be provoked mentally. The 'Wizard' has the ability to do that to us and do it well.
He also has the ability to 'put off' people like myself, who have been waiting for him to do something decent. Liars has achieved this and more. So, if you're one of these fans who have lost interest in the King of Power Pop, then have faith because Todd has come up with a classic album which will not only restore your faith but will leave you wanting to play this 74 minutes CD for years ahead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the DVD veresion
This isn't Todd's best album for my money that accolade goes to "Healing" and I've always preffered his work with Utopia to most of his solo stuff. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter N. Ingleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab - Get it
I'm listening to Liars right now, in the British Library, London, while I work. This is a no brainer. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alice Cribbins
4.0 out of 5 stars LIARS
Liars is the best Todd Rundgren album of the past thirty years.
I've got virtually everything he's done, including Utopia and Nazz and following the disappointing... Read more
Published 16 months ago by barrie dams
5.0 out of 5 stars LIARS
What a bargain! As melodic, cohesive and accessible as Todd gets, contains some great material as strong as any of his 70s music at its best.
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by Mr. Cm Neale
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd turns to electronica and nails it
Producer, visionary, guitarist, master of every style from do-wop through blue-eyed soul and prog rock, turns to electronica and nails it. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by Alister King
4.0 out of 5 stars a Rundgren newbie opinion....
Always on the search for hi-res music I spotted this DVD-A at the bargain price of just over a fiver so thought I'd give it a go(the cd version is very highly rated... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2009 by Tetlee
5.0 out of 5 stars One word - brilliant!!!!!
I had some of Todd Rundgren's early music and I loved it. The music that came later - end of the 1970s-1980s I drifted away from, really couldn't get involved in it - and then I... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2008 by biggest Joni fan ever
2.0 out of 5 stars A Pale Shadow
As a genuine TR follower and despite repeated listenings I have tried hard to like this album but alas it fails to move me. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2007 by Mr. John L. Dyble
4.0 out of 5 stars Hes still got it in spades
There is enough fine writing and music on here to give some lesser artistes a career full of success. Read more
Published on 22 July 2007 by wazzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept album but DualDisc re-issue falls short
Originally released in 2004, this most recent Todd Rundgren album is pushed forward once more, newly revamped as part of the DualDisc campaign. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2005 by Danny Neill
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