A Wizard, A True Star (studio album) by Todd Rundgren

A Wizard, A True Star by Todd Rundgren
Year: 1973
Overall rank: 1,663rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 201 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1973 (35th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (341st)
Award Best albums of all time (1,663rd)
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Todd Rundgren bestography

A Wizard, A True Star is ranked 2nd best out of 25 albums by Todd Rundgren on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Todd Rundgren is Something/Anything? which is ranked number 1084 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,692.

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This album is rated in the top 5% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.8/100, a mean average of 76.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.8.

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80/100
From 01/31/2022 16:55
This is what Styx was trying to be, but it's actually good.
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From 07/11/2021 15:46
run of the mill try too hard
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70/100
From 10/05/2019 14:06
An Abbey Road-esque collage of... sigh, okay let's not try to avoid the elephant in the room: the "haha I'm so crazy", "there's not such a thing as too much sound effects" intermezzos are not fun, just not. If you listen to that and on the other side of the record you see someone else than Gene from Bob's Burgers playing on his keyboard, I don't know what myriad of excuses keep screaming in your head "no, it's not that bad", "it's a product of its time" etc. It seems like it's all about showing off and the music being actually nice to listen to is put on second place.

When you arrive at "zen archer" you hear that he's still got it: the great songwriting skills, the cute atmosphere that keeps you in the right flow, but after the hundredth arrow that hits a wooden board you apologize to your ears. On a song like "helter skelter" such an over-the-top aggressive ending works, because the song was already aggressive; for Rundgren, whose best attribute is the laid-backness in his music, it just rubs you wrong. You just end it on a bad tone.

But I won't: near the ending of the album he calms down and keeps things more simple and tasteful.
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80/100
From 04/28/2019 00:25
How this thing is a 77 and some trendy new band like Beach House have multiple albums above 80 just blows me away. Todd was such an innovator and this thing has so many great grooves and riffs and feels on it. Yeah the whole monkey sex track and some of the weird sounding off-kilter instrumental-only tracks fall flat, but those are like 2 minutes a piece. There is so much great content on here that stands out that it's a shame such a gem is otherwise ignored on this site that has unearthed so many other hidden gems for me.

It's also the least-annoying-prog-rock-cliches prog-rock album I've heard.
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From 09/09/2018 02:57
A brilliant album showing Todd at his peak as a songwriter. "International Feel", "Does Anybody Love You?", and "Just One Victory" are all-time great tracks. There's always something going on, and almost always something different will be happening very soon, which keeps it interesting.
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85/100
From 07/02/2018 20:35
Oh Todd....Brilliantly bonkers Todd...
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85/100
From 01/24/2017 13:49
Tier List for my preferences of the tracks on this album:

Top: 1, 3, 7, 9-11, 13, 14, 18
High: 4, 5, 8, 12, 17
Neutral: 2, 16
Low: 6, 15, 19
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From 12/09/2016 04:05
Todd Rundgren is a genius. I got into after Tame Impala listed his as one of the main influences for their album Lonerism. I listening to him I fell in love with his music. He has a very distinct style and its god damn good
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85/100
From 06/01/2016 12:49
Apparently heavily influenced by the use of LSD, admittedly a few years later than most bands, a wizard,a true star is a wonderfully messy and ambitious album. It definitely needs to be listened to in a couple of sittings to take It all in. It's a lot of fun and features a beautiful medley of soul tracks about two thirds of the way through. This album might go in one ear and out the other initially, but stick with it, it will grow on you
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From 07/23/2015 01:23
I really enjoyed this. I can definitely see how this influenced albums like Lonerism.
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Best Albums of 1973
1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
2. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin
3. Innervisions by Stevie Wonder
4. Selling England By The Pound by Genesis
5. Quadrophenia by The Who
6. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
7. Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
8. Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges
9. Aladdin Sane by David Bowie
10. Future Days by Can
11. (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) by Lynyrd Skynyrd
12. For Your Pleasure by Roxy Music
13. Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock
14. Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
15. Berlin by Lou Reed
16. Closing Time by Tom Waits
17. The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen
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19. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath
20. Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye
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