Toto, XIV, 2015

toto - xivThe last decade or so has been quite challenging for Toto I think. The band of brothers took some severe blows. But out of the bad came something good as it was the reason the band reunited with the original members still available and were able to add Joseph Williams, who sang amongst others on the fabulous Toto 7 record.

And from the moment the disc starts playing, you feel at home. Lukather is of course still one of the best guitar players on the planet and the boys have lost nothing of their ability to write accessible songs that are still enhanced with fantastic musicality. And those songs often harbour important messages as well. So Running Out Of Home proves to be an energetic opener to the album. Burn has so much feel that the far more heavy chorus not only lifts the energy but also balances the song well. But hey, every song on this album counts and a track like Orphan should become as big for them as Africa or Pamela once did.

And even if those days of hits are gone for them, this band have managed to create one of the best albums in their lengthy career, with one highlight after another. An amalgam of all they have done so far, and hopefully enough reason to keep going on delivering to their fans. I know I am one of them!