A classic With a Twist

Courtesy of Todd Rundgren

With a Twist


Occasionally a veteran artist, sometimes stuck in a songwriting rut, will dust off old material and present it in a new way. Most of the time such efforts pretty well suck. Not so With a Twist, where Rundgren gives 11 of his songs, including many of his better-knowns, the bossa nova treatment. Strictly speaking, it's a gimmick, but tunes like "I Saw the Light," "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" and "Hello, It's Me" ooze charm in the context of undulating beats and strummed acoustic guitars et al. Rundgren hews close to the original melodies — a smart move — but liberally changes up his vocal phrasing in a solid appropriation of the elegant Brazilian pop style.

About The Author

Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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