On the back of the cover Todd Rundgren introduces himself as "DJ Odd". In fact, the musician, composer, singer and producer (among others "Bat Out Of Hell") presents himself on his 24th studio album as a master of bass-heavy dance beats ("Angry Bird") and soul quotes ("Serious"), but also as the creator of ballads like "Sir Reality" or "Something From Nothing" with singer Rachel Haden. As is well known, he likes to change styles in the middle of the flow: "Imagination" first flatters himself on the keyboard with a one-minute pop-prog permanent wave to suddenly end in a heavy guitar stream, "Collide-A-Scope" starts with a heavy riff and then swims along on an electro-pop carpet with rather shallow vocals and confusing rhythms. As is often the case with this Rundgren album, all instruments (or computers), arrangements and voices (exception: see above) come from him. However, you have to listen to "State" several times in order to feel at least some of the fascination of earlier "Runt" works.
Top track: Serious