ALBUM REVIEW : XIV (Japanese Edition_
ARTIST : Toto
GENRE : ROCK
DATE OF RELEASED : 2015
When you talk of legacy band, Toto surely belongs up there why not? For a band already that is already three decades in the music business, they must have surely gathered lots of hit songs enough to fill up a two hour concert. The band decided that they wanted more hits or it just want to entertain loyal fans thus, Toto released new album which UK and US audience were not familiar with.
The figured in some Euro charts but did not top any but only landed within top 40 rankings. This is a sign that lost glory will never be recovered. One of the reasons could be attributed to the fact nothing new is served in this record. In fact, one can surmised that some songs in this record were probably reworking of earlier records or were rejects during recording sessions.
There are lots of familiar refrain and strains in this record. Listening to this album feels like you are stock in a time machine and decided not get out from it. It is such a pity that you know that Toto can create songs that do not sounds dated but rather current. Proof that they were able to stay relevant in the 80’s and 90’s considering that they started in the 70’s.
The only saving grace in this record is the song “Holy Water ” which is quite pop if this song was rendered by 5 Seconds of Summer or One Direction. In “21st Century Blues,” the band have a potential legacy record, however, the vocals sounded like a Kenny Loggins song. For a dinosaur band, singing about being an “Orphan” is quite weird and unnatural. “The Little Things” is a song that hopes to follow some of their most memorable ballads like “Rossanna”, “Lea”, and “Can’t Stop Loving You”, somehow it only works not so well as the musical arrangement and instruments are still reminiscent of the same musical structure that they exploited so well with Toto IV album.
As a whole, I find this record not so appealing thus, I rate this record 2 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it