My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Something/Anything? is a double album that was recorded in late 1971 and released in February 1972. 3/4 of the album was recorded completely by Rundgren on his own, while the last side was recorded with a number of session musicians.
What I think: Firstly, I’ve got a bit of the double LP blues, with this album, the previous, and the next all being doubles. That really messes with the timing of my posts, because they keep landing on the weekends when I don’t have time (I try to do listen to them in my car, and I just don’t drive enough on weekends) to do the listening to them.
That aside though, the music on this album still sucks. It’s all really bad singer/songwriter stuff with bits of prog rock and power pop thrown in. Then you get to the fourth side of the album and you basically have a bunch of throwaway material that happened to spawn a big hit (“Hello It’s Me”). I mean the last track is titled “Slut” and has the multifaceted and deep lyrics:
“S – l – u – t
She may be a slut but she looks good to me”
Quality stuff right?
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I can see the argument that he really achieved a lot in the studio with this album, but the material just doesn’t hold up.
Rating (Out of 5): 1
Something/Anything? Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (200/263)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%