White Knight
Todd Rundgren - White Knight
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2017 Rank: #601 / 624
User Score
Based on 7 ratings
May 12, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Cleopatra / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

66
Pitchfork
This is not the music of an artist attempting to prove himself to a new audience or to reacquaint himself with old fans. Instead, it’s the sound of one of music’s most restless listeners inviting others into the world he built—playing off them like instruments at his disposal.
60
Rolling Stone
Todd Rundgren's latest fuses his pop-wizard side and his studio-contrarian side more than usual, pulling an impressively odd array of stars into his vortex.
60
AllMusic

Todd Rundgren prides himself in defying easy categorization and while that restlessness has resulted in brilliant work, it's also led him to cut confounding records. White Knight belongs to the latter category.

50
American Songwriter
It’s far from prime Rundgren and there’s little doubt that most of this would sound better with a full band instead of Rundgren’s “I’ll do it alone and save some money” keyboard dominated music. But once you warm up to the concept, there are enough moments on the eclectic smorgasbord to keep most fans engaged, at least until the next track.
50
A.V. Club

Mostly, White Knight sounds like an album that was probably a lot more fun to make than it is to listen to.

Mar 22, 2017*
Z.Younk
67
The features alone are impressive, but even the production is the best Todd's given us since the early 80's. His songwriting is much more accessible than previous releases, providing catchy, complex hooks, and even provides the obligatory undercutting of Trump. Though his voice sounds the shakiest its been, he allows his age to show in his vocals and his music, he sounds more relevant and fresh than he has in years.
Track List
  1. Come
  2. I Got Your Back (feat. KK Watson & DāM FunK)
  3. Chance for Us (feat. Daryl Hall & Bobby Strickland)
  4. Fiction
  5. Beginning (Of the End) [feat. John Boutté]
  6. Tin Foil Hat (feat. Donald Fagen)
  7. Look at Me (feat. Michael Holman)
  8. Let's Do This (feat. Moe Berg)
  9. Sleep (feat. Joe Walsh)
  10. That Could Have Been Me (feat. Robyn)
  11. Deaf Ears (feat. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)
  12. Naked & Afraid (feat. Bettye LaVette)
  13. Buy My T
  14. Wouldn't You Like to Know (feat. Rebop Rundgren)
  15. This Is Not a Drill (feat. Joe Satriani, Kasim Sulton & Prairie Prince)
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patton, thisisabtlgrnd, Z.Younk


Added on: March 22, 2017