TODD RUNDGREN Liars (2004)

Liars (2004)
Todd’s Return

Easily… Todd’s best release in decades. Self-written and recorded, Liars is infused with a vitality that’s been missing from many of the curious sidetracks Todd has pursued since last century. The colliding melodies and layered, swirling keyboards sometimes recall the Wizard era, the painfully obvious drawbacks being the minuscule use of guitars and Todd’s reliance on drum machines – which are sometimes fine, other times demo-esque. Fight through that, though, and you’ll uncover some of TR’s most arresting tunes in eons. Some Utopian characteristics are there to be found, while “Happy Anniversary” sounds like he was hanging with Danny Elfman during the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory soundtrack sessions. And you gotta love the white, boy band R&B of “Flaw.” Elsewhere, Todd rails against God and women (hence the title), with a few obscenitylaced tirades to drive his point home. This is the Japanese version, with the more appealing cover art. I remember in 2004, after years of lackluster TR albums, not even bothering to listen to Liars because of the ridiculous cover art, HERE, figuring it was just more of the same lazy record making Todd’s been guilty of for far too long. After his stint in The New Cars, Rundgren followed this album with the guitar-heavy Arena in 2008. If you ever liked Todd, this one’s worth your time. Amazon’s got it, HERE. There’s more Todd & Utopia in the archives, including; The Todd Rundgren Radio Show – a very cool 1972 promo LP (HERE), Singles (HERE), Back To The Bars (HERE), Deface The Music & Deface The Music Tour (HERE), Oblivion (HERE), Shaun Cassidy’s Wasp (produced by Todd, featuring Utopia) (HERE), and a Todd tribute album (HERE).

Truth (5:13)
Sweet (5:52)
Happy Anniversary (4:24)
Soul Brother (4:14)
Stood Up (4:42)
Mammon (4:54)
Future (6:04)
Past (5:56)
Wondering (5:11)
Flaw (4:43)
Afterlife (3:56)
Living (5:38)
God Said (7:40)
Liar (5:08)


  • Willard
    June 20, 2011 - 11:29 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • shmoono2
    September 27, 2013 - 23:12 | Permalink

    Weird. I never saw that cover. Mine has Todd as the creepiest Easter Bunny ever eating san egg he should be hiding. Mammon is just an excellent song!

  • shmoono2
    September 27, 2013 - 23:15 | Permalink

    I now find you covered the art in your post. Shouldn’t post until AFTER reading the whole post…stupid Commodore Perry IPA…

    • Willard
      September 28, 2013 - 02:21 | Permalink

      The Japanese art is what drew me to check this disc out. I completely ignored it at the time.

  • September 28, 2013 - 18:43 | Permalink

    His 2011 album of cover songs “(Re)Production” wasn’t a bad album either. It wasn’t really a great album but it’s a nice listen. My basic take on Todd is he is such a genius producer he really belongs on that side of the board at all times, sorry…although I did really like “I Hate My Friggin’ ISP”

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2015 - 10:26 | Permalink

      Agree to an extant…his best days are behind him in terms of his own work, but he has had some fantastic lp’s….

  • Grant
    September 28, 2013 - 20:34 | Permalink

    Great job pinpointing what a great, great record this is, Willard. If a young guy did this people would have been raving about it. Because it was done in the later years of a legend’s career, most of the world didn’t notice it.

    I’d actually put this album up there with almost anything from his career – Top 5 for sure.

    • Willard
      September 30, 2013 - 13:36 | Permalink

      I came to this one later, but it’s a good one.

  • Randy Marlin
    September 30, 2013 - 13:04 | Permalink

    This Japan release is notable for having fade endings on the songs as opposed to the domestic release having them all run together with no spacing.

    • Willard
      September 30, 2013 - 13:35 | Permalink

      Didn’t know that, thanks. Which one is a better listen?

  • shadoobie
    September 30, 2013 - 19:08 | Permalink

    Really like this, thanks for the share….can’t believe I missed it.

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