My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: A Wizard, a True Star is the fourth solo album by Todd Rundgren. The album was recorded during 1972 and 1973 being released in March of ’73. The album has a different concept on each side. Side one is the quest for knowledge, side two is the quest for love. The album is fifty-five minutes long, which is ten minutes longer than the standard album. This is achieved by making the grooves closer together which resulted in volume and sound quality loss.
What I think: I don’t know if there has been a more frustrating musician on this blog than Todd Rundgren. His last album had three sides with a similar sound, with the last being completely different. This one has a completely different sound on each of the two sides. And normally that would be fine, except that I hate the first side and love the second. I can’t just form an opinion on him and go with it. He forces me to rethink his music even as the album is playing. Imagine me listening to it thinking, “Well this is breeze, I hate it” and then realizing, “Oh, man this is great stuff here.” What an asshole!
Really though, the melodys on the first side are awful, headache inducing mush. That second side though, is filled with the beautiful love songs and wonderful melodies that challenge anything the Beach Boys or Electric Light Orchestra have ever done. The covers are lovely and the originals are just as good.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I suppose it should be here, it certainly challenges the listener. How do I rate it though? 2.5/5, because only half was good?
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
A Wizard, a True Star Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (230/298)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%