Nearly Human

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Nearly Human
Studio album by Todd Rundgren
Released May 18, 1989
Genre Pop rock, Soul
Length 53:02
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren chronology
A Cappella
(1985)
Nearly Human
(1989)
2nd Wind
(1991)
Singles from Nearly Human
  1. "The Want Of A Nail"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Parallel Lines"
    Released: May 1989
  3. "Can't Stop Running"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (4/5)[2]

Nearly Human is a 1989 album by rock musician Todd Rundgren, released by Warner Bros. Records. It was his first release in four years, although he had been active as a producer in the intervening years. Many of the album's songs deal with loss, self-doubt, jealousy, and spiritual recovery. It was also the first collaboration between Rundgren and Michele Gray, a singer and ex-model who helped organize the sessions. Gray sang background vocals, both on the record and on subsequent tours, and the pair later married.

Recording[edit]

Unlike a large portion of Rundgren's solo albums on which he played all the instruments and sang all lead and backing vocals, Nearly Human was performed live in the studio with numerous musicians, including the members of Rundgren's defunct band Utopia, which had broken up three years earlier—Roger Powell, Kasim Sulton, and John "Willie" Wilcox all play on the track "Can't Stop Running." Scott Mathews and former Tubes members Vince Welnick (keyboards) and Prairie Prince (drums) also perform on Nearly Human; the track "Feel It" was originally performed by the San Francisco band on their 1985 album Love Bomb, produced by Rundgren.

Reception[edit]

Nearly Human garnered very favorable reviews. The album's only single, "The Want of a Nail," featuring soul legend Bobby Womack, was Rundgren's last charting Billboard single.[3]

Japanese release[edit]

For the Japanese release of the album, the sixth finger of the handprint on the cover was removed, "due to the religious significance of six fingers in Japan."[4]

Track listing[edit]

CD issue[edit]

All songs written and composed by Todd Rundgren unless otherwise noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Want of a Nail"   5:14
2. "The Waiting Game"   4:16
3. "Parallel Lines"   4:22
4. "Two Little Hitlers" (Elvis Costello) 3:55
5. "Can't Stop Running"   5:00
6. "Unloved Children"   4:03
7. "Fidelity"   4:39
8. "Feel It" (Rundgren/The Tubes/Vince Welnick) 5:47
9. "Hawking"   6:51
10. "I Love My Life"   8:55

LP issue[edit]

The LP release had a slightly different track list and did not include "Two Little Hitlers."

Personnel (partial)[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 102

Singles - Billboard

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "The Want of a Nail" Mainstream Rock Tracks 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Todd Rundgren: Billboard Albums and Singles". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  4. ^ The Todd Rundgren Connection (2012). "Nearly Human". The Todd Rundgren Connection. The Todd Rundgren Connection. Retrieved 1 July 2012.