Todd Rundgren, Emil Nikolaisen, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm: Runddans

Space-rock hero teams with Norwegians on a far-out trip

Credit: Smalltown Supersound

Now this is utopia: electronic dance music with exploratory dynamics and cosmic-R&B vocal glow. Todd Rundgren was already making records like this at the height of glam — his 1973 astro-rock suite, A Wizard, a True Star; the 1975 spiritual-prog epic, Initiation — so he sounds at home with his Norwegian collaborators in this space-soul trip, a 40-minute piece in 12 parts. The programming is intermittently suitable for boogaloo, but the breaking sunshine in the melodies and Rundgren's singing deliver on the promise in titles like "Liquid Joy in the Womb of Infinity" and "Wave of Heavy Red (Disko-Nektar)."