Toto ‘XIV’


It has been nine long years between ‘XIV’ and 2006’s impressive ‘Falling In Between’, during that time Toto split up and then reformed. This version of Toto has original members Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and also sees the return of the original bass player David Hungate. Joseph Williams, who lastIt has been nine long years between ‘XIV’ and 2006’s impressive ‘Falling In Between’, during that time Toto split up and then reformed. This version of Toto has original members Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and also sees the return of the original bass player David Hungate. Joseph Williams, who last sang on “The Seventh One” and “Fahrenheit” also returns, however drummer Simon Phillips has now left and has been replaced by Keith Carlock. As with any Toto album, you get a mixture of styles, from pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B and even jazz, and this is what makes Toto such a unique band to listen to. After the first listen, You get the impression Lukather is the main driving force behind “XIV” as it is more of a guitar based album than previous Toto ones, his playing is a lot sharper, more inventive and clearly taking time out to release his solo album “Transition” seems to have worked wonders. “Running Out Of Time” is a real strong opening melodic rock track, with Lukather’s guitar playing strong in the mix. ‘Burn’ is a ballad with glorious keyboard sections and strong melodies, while “Holy War” heads […]

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