Toto is back with their first full studio album since 2006, and it really was worth waiting for!
They come back with a big bang, an album with a very rich sound with lots of melodic variation, which can be expected from them, mainly guitar oriented and with some strong messages in the lyrics as well.
With over 38 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling tour and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.
Toto has been hard at work in 2014 on a new studio album, their first since “Falling In Between” (2006). Keyboardist and founding member David Paich recently shared, "The repertoire is coming together so naturally it is as though we never took a break from creating as Toto in the studio.
For the fans who have been waiting patiently and continually showing the band support and love over the last decade or so, this one's for you”.
The band is not afraid to take their chances and stretch their songwriting abilities.
Certainly this is an amazing album which encompasses flawlessly Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues and Progressive.
The band includes now original members Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and sees also the return in the fold of the original bass player David Hungate. Joseph Williams (singer on “The Seventh One” and “Fahrenheit”) returns to handle lead vocals, while Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting) now sits behind the drumkit.
Now what can we tell about the songs, Like i said its guitar oriented, in this cathegory for example we have songs like “Running out of Time” which has a progressive rock guitar riff, “Holy War”, with catchy typical Lukather licks amongst others.
The superb “Unknown Soldier” to me is one of the highlight on the album, an epic song, with also a strong message.
I have to mention that of course there is also enough space for the other instruments to fill the typical Toto sound to the fullest and all the background vocals which gives that Toto typical easy listening choir makes this album to the best Toto album i've heard so far you can really hear this was a complete band effort which succeeded to the fullest.
“China Town” is a diverse song with some tempo and rythm changes which has some jazz and blues influences. It is the perfect way to change the listeners mind towards its follower, the slow and beautifull ballad “All the Tears”.
Vocally i personally love “Fortune” sung with power and feel.
And then the closing song, “Great Expectations”, a song that begins slow and onfolds into another epic song, with such great vocals and symphonic, progressive instrumental parts. This is how an album should be finished, with a bang.