CD Review: “Toto XIV”

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Toto XIVWest coast rockers Toto are back with “Toto XIV” their first studio album in 9 years and it was absolutely worth the wait.

Original members Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro along with long time vocalist Joseph Williams have released what just might be their best album to date.

Toto XIV” kicks off with “Running Out Of Time” and from the opening riff into the driving drum track it is clear that Toto is here to rock.  Next up is “Burn” with Williams belting out a chorus that soars above David Paich’s beautiful backing keyboards.

The proceedings continue with Williams trading lead vocals with Steve Lukather on “Holy War” another bombastic progressive rocker. Other standout tracks include “Orphan” which starts as a mid tempo ballad and then kicks into high gear to become another hard driving rocker. David Paich takes center stage as lead vocalist on “All The Tears That Shine” and reminds us what we loved so much about the band’s Grammy Award winning “IV” album.

Toto XIV” closes with “Great Expectations” a three-way lead vocal extravaganza by Williams, Lukather and Paich that includes a  scorching guitar/drum dual by Lukather and new drummer Keith Carlock.

With 40 years of recorded history under their belts “Toto XIV” proves that this band of studio wizards has no intention of slowing down and that is something music fans can definitely be happy about.

Drumroll please… 10 out of 10 drumsticks!!!

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Pat FrancisCD Review: “Toto XIV”