TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Here are a few reviews that have appeared in the press, etc.
AWATS British and Dutch Press
FRICKE'S PICKSBy David Fricke
(Thanks to Weavil for the transcript)
(page 71 of issue 1071 - 2.5.9 Rolling Stone)
Todd's Atomic Arena Rock "Welcome, shoppers!" Todd Rundgren said with a cackle, greeting the crowd two days after Christmas at The Blender Theater in New York. "Tonight's special is"-he paused for a half-second-"in your face!" It was apt warning. Fronting a quintet including his former Utopia bandmate Kasim Sulton, Rundgren jumped into a half-hour of vintage atomic pop-including his 1968 Nazz single "Open My Eyes" and the heavy-Seventies grenades "Love in Action" and "Black Maria"-then started the saturation bombing, playing the whole of his new power-chord celebration, Arena (hiFi), front to back. The album is a bright, bullish return to Rundgren's specialties - paisley-mod punch, Who-ish guitar fireworks, and white-soul-boy woe - and this live recital was a close-quarters throwback to the best Utopia shows I saw in the Seventies and early Eighties, minus the sparkling eyeliner, rainbow hair and Egyptology. In fact, Rundgren sings and plays everything himself on Arena, piling up the fuzz and harmonies in the red-alert opener, "Mad", the Second Amendment smackdown "Gun" and the spiritual cock-strut "Mountaintop". But you get it the same way he served it with the band: in your face.
- A review of Liars Live DVD by Boomer Media
- From May/Jun '06 Being There - "Getting to Know: Todd Rundgren" a very nice overview of Todd's discography.
- Get Ready To Rock reviews Todd's new Best of Live album and Liars Live DVD.
Uncut in the UK lists Liars as #19 in the top 100 albums of 2004.
The TR-Produced Straight Up from Badfinger ranks as #17 in the top re-issues of the year.
- Jason Thompson's PopMatters review of "Liars"
- What starts out to be a review of Bjork's newest, really turns into a laud for Todd's A Cappella.
- theLogBook.com jumps into Todd's back catalog and reviews A Capella and The Very Best of Todd Rundgren.
review of sorts on why "No World Order" is a failure.
- Wilson and Alroy's Record Reviews covers most of the Nazz/TR/Utopia releases.
- Jeff McLaughlin's review of the Individualist published in Listener Magazine.
- UK Anthology release (Contributed by Kenny Stevenson)
- 1968 Billboard article on Nazz (Contributed by Andrew Rogers)