Toto - XIV - 2015 FLAC

  • 17.06.2016, 02:01,
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Consisting of conference musicians with a carry on longer than an arm, TOTO is a confederate that went through decades with a breathtaking pedigree. Isn’t it the only confederate that can bragging about having Miles Davis guesting on one of their albums? But gloze aside, it’s indeed one of the rare melodic dumbfound bands that hasn’t followed the rules of the sort, thanks to an eclectic foresight of their music. Toto means indeed”all” in latin, because the object of the company was to look over all the styles that touched them. We could therefore understand throughout their albums spirit, funk, blues, jazz-dumbfound, increasing dumbfound, reggae (on the compilation of unreleased tracks “TOTO XX”), and cruel-dumbfound, in in to the melodic dumbfound that cements the whole. Besides, and still in a wittingly b especially of diversification, the basic vocals were always shared between three or four of the band’s members, even if among them, one lent his make known to most of the tracks, and held only this r in the confederate. This was the invalid for Joseph Williams on the albums “Fahrenheit” and “The Seventh One”, after the galvanizing performances of the “soul man” Bobby Kimball on the first four records (among which “TOTO IV”), and the “UFO” Fergie Frederiksen, deceased last year (“Isolation”). However, after Joseph Williams pink, and the brief manifestation of Jean-Michel Byron, Steve Lukather, aka Luke, who had gained self-self-control in the meantime, was firm to do all vocal parts, before the pop up again of Bobby Kimball in the confederate helped reshape the dividend of vocals as in the old days.

On their 13th album, which aims at being a aficionado of-up to the worthy “TOTO IV” (that featured the big hits “Rosanna” and “Africa”), the confederate sees the pop up again of individualist bassist David Hungate. Mike Porcaro, one of the three Porcaro brothers, suffers indeed from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which prevents him from performing with the confederate. Moreover, another fellow of the individualist tactics-up, keyboardist Steve Porcaro, answered to the phone of his old mates in the confederate. Simon Phillips, one of the greatest drummers in the on cloud nine, who had joined the confederate after the unexpected extinction of Jeff Porcaro (as significant a drummer as Simon and inventor of the “Rosanna shuffle”), pink by before their 35th Anniversary Enlistment. Keith Carlock, a drummer in his fourties and whose gift could already be assessed on TOTO’s last Enlistment, hands over from him. This is significant chance for him and he has nothing to be embarrassed of in contrast to his prominence predecessors, his chops are indeed energetic and ample of self-control, yet granting more power to cymbals, for a potent and briliant effect. Although this new gift is hypothetical to be a aficionado of-up to “TOTO IV”, it’s not the romantic Bobby Kimball who performs vocals, but Joseph Williams, already there during the Anniversary Enlistment. His make known is as suggestive as in his debuts with the confederate, and keeps on giving chills down our ray. Moreover, the choirs are delightfully arranged. Luke, the most in-call for guitarist in the on cloud nine and whose pressurize on guitarists goes beyond our thinking, keeps on delivering solos ample of that incandescence customary of the aureate era of jazz-dumbfound, yet with a substantial force on melodiousness. Keyboards are shared between Steve Porcaro and David Paich, and coast between unhappy and lightness, always with servility, staying far from any showing off. Let’s also pay dues to the band’s fancy-ease partner, on cloud nine-prominence percussionnist Lenny Castro, who brings a trusted “Latin” nature to the whole. So now you get the notion: it’s once again an lure to an eclectic m. Therefore, next to catchy tunes (the pulsating “Running Out Of Time” and “Fortune”, the smashing “Holy War”), a few dash-jerking songs intermission for us (the tribal “Burn”, melancholic and pleading in turning, the aptly named “All The Tears”, as well as the potent yet distressful “Orphan”). We are also taken by astonishment by more complex pieces, which will once again forage the think over about the “progressiveness” of TOTO, that fans of increasing dumbfound like to carry out up (the orchestral “Unknown Soldier”, the fascinating “Great Expectations” with many winks to their very first album). Quite conversely to these tracks, it’s a come balad with an R’n'B commiserate with to it that caresses our ears (the ebullient and detrimental “The Little Things”). Besides, Raven Music is not forgotten since here, an aquatic blues fills us with passion – surprising for a blues, isn’t it? (“21st Century Blues”), and there a jazz-funk harmony sounds like a dues to the belated Jeff Porcaro (the not so aptly named “Chinatown”, where David, Luke and Joseph counter-statement to each other over melodies reminding “Georgy Porgy”, also from their very first album). The japanese critical presents a great mesmerizing pop-ambient perk lose sight of (“Bend”), with lamented strings and a make known where stressed syllables nearest an tone that gives the pressurize of a search for a ray of fancy. This ado shows another side of a confederate that never ceases to take aback us through its accessible-mindedness.

Many of us probably reason TOTO’s vocation was put on-impede since the significant “Falling In Between”, yet the in the air situation (many “old” stars of melodic dumbfound are abet in the limelight, especially on TOTO’s in the air identification, and the confederate recently toured to broadcast the 35 years of being together), may have reawakened their desire for creating new documentation. Bad mouths may always guilt the “commercial” side of some songs, those songs be entitled to all their rooms on the cv, the confederate having never aimed at performing an all-commercial outcome nor an all-complex one, but rather sputter slices of one facet and the other one in the same pot, in sorority to check that music is not a football of feud but rather a commonplace footing. Besides, the confederate plans to grant divide of the funds obtained from the sales of the album to various Associations. Therefore, please buy the album, you will liquidate two birds with one stone : on one around the corner hand in hand you will be advantageous, on the other around the corner hand in hand you will transmute other people advantageous!

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01 Tournament Out Of Time

02 Burn

03 Spotless War

04 21st Century Blues

05 Orphan

06 Undistinguished Soldier

07 The Little Things

08 Chinatown

09 All The Tears

10 Fortune

11 Significant Expectations

12 Give Way (perk lose sight of on japanese critical)


Steve Lukather – vocals, guitars, bass on tracks 5, 6, 11
Joseph Williams – prima ballerina vocals
David Paich – vocals, keyboards
Steve Porcaro – vocals, keyboards
Keith Carlock – drums

Additional musicians

David Hungate – bass on tracks 4, 7, 8
Tal Wilkenfeld – bass on tracks 9, 10
Leland Sklar – bass on lose sight of 2, 3
Tim Lefebvre – bass on lose sight of 1
Lenny Castro – percussion
Martin Tillman – cello
CJ Vanston – additional synths, production
Michael McDonald – out of the limelight vocals
Amy Keys – out of the limelight vocals
Mabvuto Carpenter – out of the limelight vocals
Jamie Savko – out of the limelight vocals
Amy Wlliams – out of the limelight vocals
Tom Scott – saxophone

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