|1. I Saw The Light|
|2. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference|
|3. Wolfman Jack|
|4. Cold Morning Light|
|5. It Takes Two To Tango [This Is For The Girls]|
|6. Sweeter Memories|
|8. Breathless [instrumental]|
|9. The Night The Carousel Burned Down|
|10. Saving Grace|
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|1. Black Maria|
|2. One More Day [No Word]|
|3. Couldn't I Just Tell You|
|4. Torch Song|
|5. Little Red Lights|
|6. Overture - My Roots: Money [That's What I Want]//Messin' With The Kid|
|7. Dust In The Wind|
|8. Piss Aaron|
|9. Hello It's Me|
|10. Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me|
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Part 1: A bouqet of ear catching melodies
1. I Saw the Light
The first of two big hits that Todd scored off this album. I'm sure you all know it. A classic pop song.
2. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
A sad piano ballad (save the upbeat bridge) that would've fit in perfectly on Todd's previous album. Fits in great here, too.
3. Wolfman Jack
A catchy, upbeat, Motown inspired romp whose title is a reference to a famous radio DJ. Again, amazing vocal delivery from Todd, ranging from a very high falsetto, to his normal singing voice, and even a spoken word, "jive talkin" segue in the middle.
4. Cold Morning Light
Another heartbreaking ballad, but a little more complex than "..Difference". The verses are in 4/4, with a dainty accoustic guitar line that repeats throughout. Then, it switches into 3/4 time for the chorus.
5. It Takes Two to Tango (This is for the Girls)
Another catchy, upbeat song.
6. Sweeter Memories
A slow burning ballad, kinda psychadelia-lite. The organ touches in the background will make you want to fire up that lighter and sway it back and forth.
Part 2: The Cerebral Side
An amusing spoken word bit from Todd.
An *awesome* instrumental that really foreshadows the direction Todd would take on "A Wizard, a True Star". The main melody is a heavily synthesized blend of jazz, dance, and psychadelic pop, with a honky tonk inspired break in the middle.
9. The Night the Carousel Burned Down
My favorite song on the first disc. This is really Todd's first ballad that wasn't about love or heartbreak. He plays this on a pipe organ (or probably a synthesized version of one, no less), which really gives it a Carnival/Amusement Park feel to it. Theatrical and great.
10. Saving Grace
Despite the bizarre intro (you'll see), it's another great pop song. This one would've fit better into the "bouqet of ear catching melodies", because that's exactly what it is.
Another "celebral" ballad in which Todd confesses his love for a 17 year old girl. It's a little repetitive, and tends to drag, but it has some of Todd's best vocals in the background where he REALLY hits those high notes.
12. Song of the Viking
Just a really cool song. It's a fast paced, Gilbert & Sullivan inspired mini pop opera with Todd going to town on the piano. The lyrics are humorous and light hearted, but all of the rapid chord changes make it one of the more complex songs on the album, musically.
13. I Went to the Mirror
From fun to plain bizarre. It starts with Todd playing a bluesey piano melody as he mumbles (yes) lyrics about looking in the mirror. At the end, Todd goes into an intense jam session on the guitar. Psychadelic-Blues!
Part 3: The kid gets heavy
1. Black Maria
The psychedelia at the end of Disc 1 continues right into Disc 2 with this blistering blend of hard rock and R&B. This one must've been great to see live!
2. One More Day (No Word)
The kid certainly does NOT get heavy on this one. You'll picture yourself being saranaded along the Venice Canal, or sitting in a sidewalk cafe in Paris, when you hear this one.
3. Couldn't I Just Tell You
One of the best songs Todd wrote. Rockin' and cathcy: power pop at it's best.
4. Torch Song
It's a slow piano ballad, but it's emotionally very heavy. Great lyrics + great delivery = way underrated!
5. Little Red Lights
Call it hard rock, call it proto-metal, call it whatever you like, but make sure to turn the volume up all the way!
Part 4: Baby Needs a New Pair of Snakeskin Boots
In case you're wondering, this is Todd's lighthearted mock pop operetta that was recorded live in the studio with a bunch of people (sax, trumpet, horn players, backup singers, etc).
6. Overture - My Roots
The closest thing to filler on the album. It's a couple of old cover songs that sound like they were recorded on a Fisher Price tape recorder, in a basement or garage.
7. Dust in the Wind
An absolutely beautiful song. Very soulful piano ballad. Love the saxophone work during the bridge. FYI, this is WAY better than that other "Dust in the Wind" song!
8. Piss Aaron
From heartbreaking to hilarious. This goofy little song has Todd singing about some colorful high school characters from the past. Todd's delivery will make you laugh.
9. Hello It's Me
We all know this one! Originally written when he was in The Nazz, this version is much better: an infectious blend of soul, jazz, lounge, and of course, pop.
10. Some Folks Are Even Whiter Than Me
Silly title, but it's a little deeper than it may seem on the surface. Musically, it combines blues, funk, and a touch of jazz (love that sax!). Underrated.
11. You Left Me Sore
This one went over my head the first time I listened to it. A great song to promote safe sex, if nothing else!
First off, the dialogue before this song is hilarious (Ya think this would've been such a critically acclaimed album if he *did* change its name to "Throw Money"?). Anyway, a fun, hard rocker to close out the album.
There it is! Pop, rock, soul, blues, jazz, psychadelia, theatre, etc. A very complex work, yet still accessible. And that's why it remains Todd's most critically acclaimed and popular album (not to mention it has two of his biggest hits).
Best Songs: The Night the Carousel Burned Down, Couldn't I Just Tell You, Breathless, Cold Morning Light, Torch Song, Dust in the Wind.