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Albums Of The Week: Todd Rundgren | Space Force

The sonic wizard takes flight with a huge VIP crew that includes The Roots, Sparks, Rivers Cuomo & more — and the results are as eccentric & eclectic as you'd expect.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Todd Rundgren’s Space Force is a new album of original collaborations with artists whose work spans wide-ranging corners of the musical universe.

Expanding on the duets concept from his most recent studio album (2017’s White Knight), this time around the musical ideas derive primarily from Rundgren’s collaborators, putting him back in the lauded producer’s chair to help bring rarities and never-released material to life. This Space Force of collaborators includes The Roots, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, The Lemon Twigs, Sparks, Steve Vai, rapper Narcy, Neil Finn (Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac), Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Frank Zappa), Alfie Templeman, Davey Lane and Thomas Dolby.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Rundgren has had a particularly eventful past few years, including the launch of his Clearly Human geo-fenced, location-specific virtual tour during the pandemic. Clearly Human was covered extensively from CNN to PBS, and was praised by everyone from Lori Lightfoot (Mayor of Chicago, the virtual shows’ IRL host city) to Rolling Stone, who offered that it “could pave the way for the future of live performances.”

Rundgren’s music has also been used to soundtrack pivotal scenes from the film and television world more than ever recently, including Oscar-nominated Licorice Pizza and Emmy-winning series Ozark. The most recent studio album from Rundgren, White Knight, was praised as a testament to his individuality in an industry that demands artists choose a lane and stay in it.”


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