It's a little easy to forget now that he is calling
himself TR-i (Todd Rundgren Interactive) and putting the technology cart before the
musical horse, that once upon a time, Upper Darby, Pa.'s favorite son was just a damned good
singer and songwriter.
The Very Best Of... tends to veer towards the poppier edges
of Rundgren's oeuvre, which is all right, since the man had an incredible ear for melody.
Starting out with Rundgren's first solo single, the hooky and subtly horny "We Gotta
Get You A Woman," the album hits most of the high spots in Rundgren's career.
is the perfect pop propulsion of "I Saw The Light," the lyrically wimpy but
still magnificent ballad "Can We Still Be Friends?" and even the goofy party fave "Bang On The Drum All Day."
My one complaint about this compilation is that
they do give short shift to Rundgren's rockier side project Utopia, only including three
songs, at least two of which should have been replaced by the likes of "Set Me
Free" or "Libertine." But that is a minor quibble in a terrific package. (10/97)