Song of the Viking
Arguably his finest moment, this superb double set had just about every critic in America declaring Todd Rundgren rock's next great tunesmith. As with Badfinger and Harry Nilsson, his aesthetic is heavily informed by The Beatles (Macca's sweetness in particular). But what sets Rundgren apart is his love of blue-eyed soul. This is apparent on "Sweeter Memories," "Saving Grace" and, of course, the big hit "I Saw the Light." Then again, the guy really is too versatile for simple pigeonholing. After all, "Couldn't I Just Tell You" is propulsive, proto-Cheap Trick power pop with killer guitars.