Todd Rundgren

No World Order

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Every Todd Rundgren album seems to have a gimmick, and on this one, the trick is that he recorded almost four hours of musical fragments of four to eight seconds each and put them on an interactive CD so that they could be combined in a nearly infinite number of ways. If you have a CD-ROM, that is. If you only have a regular old CD player, this noninteractive version presents ten songs and six variations on them. Rundgren has added rap to his arsenal, his lyrics are more political, and many of the tracks seem aimed at the dancefloor. Rundgren fans will be put off, while the new jack swingers won't bother to listen. But the real problem is that it's just not very good.

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