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on 1 February 2012
Todd Rundgren is one of those artist who was (is) constantly restless. He has experimented so much over his whole career that he has surely robbed himself of the household name status his talent deserves. Something/Anything finds him at one of his artistic zeniths but even here the album (and in particular this extended edition) is wildly varied. It is not consistently brilliant but on balance it is a very fine album indeed. In actual fact, if every other track consisted of Todd belching Jingle Bells, it would still be a 5 star album for the sheer out and out brilliance of It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference and Hello It's Me. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference is just one of the most beautiful ballads I've ever heard with a touching, original lyric, a mournful soundtrack and a vocal laden with sincerity. The re-recording of Hello It's Me leaves one shaking their head in disbelief that anyone could write something that good at their first attempt at writing.

Todd deserves to be much more recognised and celebrated than he is - particularly outside the US - but this reissue of one of his very best records is a great place to start gathering new fans. Although I suspect Todd chose to be an outsider and doesn't much care how many people see his genius...
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