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TOTO XIV is the band s first album of new material since 2006 s Falling In Between. However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars. The album is a realized vision three plus decades in the making, exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. The band s current line-up includes original members Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro and sees the return to the fold of original bass player, David Hungate. Joseph Williams (singer on The Seventh One and Fahrenheit ) returns to handle lead vocals, while Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting) now sits behind the drumkit.
This Deluxe Edition includes a Making of Documentary on a bonus DVD.
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The sound of this CD is terrible. Mastering destroyed what could have been an album enjoyed over and over. Go listen to the old original Toto CDs, you can crank the volume up and they sound really good. This new CD would blow my speakers if I cranked it up. This is what stops the new Toto CD from sounding like full on Toto. Toto is suppose to be quality, when you destroy the music in the mastering stage the quality is gone. Not as enjoyable.
A good example is Van Halen's - A Different Kind Of Truth. When I am playing songs ripped to my phone in highest quality, as soon as any song comes on from that album, my ears drums are blown out and I am rushing for the volume. Toto's new album has much audio distortion too.
I really don't understand the trend for so long in making music sound bad, isn't music suppose to sound good ? Blu-ray movies aren't being made to look worse, so why are we doing this to music ? Ears don't like loud, squashed and distorted music.
It use to be bands cared about the mastering, as it can make or break the music. It's almost as important as the music itself, as it represents how the music comes across to the listener.
I also forgot to mention the overblown bass, could you imagine listening to this CD on those terrible beats headphones ?
Shame on the band, they know better than this and should have been awake for the delivery of the music and finished product. To deny it just does not make them look good. Great material ruined by another label, who don't care about how music is delivered to the listener.
The advance single, Orphan, was not misleading, and as it turns out now from listening to the whole album through a dozen times already, a true indicator of what a strong & powerful album this is. Burn, Holy War, Time is Running Out, Little Things, All the Tears. Every time I listen, I find a new favorite song.
So even though Apple and we, the music MP3 file sharing & stealing public, have contributed to the degradation, watering down and near demise of the art of creating new music and in effect, created our own lack of interesting new music ....
and even given that in January 2015, I read where, for the first time ever, classic album sales exceeded new music sales ....
we still get graced with something we don't deserve ... A spectacular new album from a legendary group of artists unified as one.
Don't cheat the craft. Invest in the future of music if you if you still want to be able to get interesting, meaningful, worthwhile, new music 5 years from now. If we don't ... new music will dry up long before the ice caps melt.
Don't download this album. Don't steal it. Don't get a copy from a friend. Buy it. Spend $12 and buy it. Get the CD. Get the vinyl. And, if we are lucky, we might get another gift in the future because we invested now.
Let's save music from ourselves. Starting with this album.
"Time to reach out and make a start, hold each other's hands and lift each other's heart."
God Bless Mike Porcaro.
My favorites are the upbeat "Running out of Time," power ballad "Burn," "Holy War," "21st Century Blues," and the closing masterpiece "Great Expectations." I also really like "Orphan," "Unknown Soldier" and "Fortune." "Chinatown" was the most difficult for me to figure out, with its odd key changes and harmonies, but I really dig it now. Of the two love ballads (as I call them) I really like the bouncy, clean rhythm of "The Little Things." "All the Things that Shine" is a nice tune, but my least favorite on the CD.
All in all, a fantastic collection of songs performed by some of the greatest artists on earth, and well worth the long wait since "Falling in Between." My only disappointment was that fans in North America were deprived of the bonus track "Bend." Can't wait to see some these played live!! Maybe a new live DVD perhaps? Thanks, Toto!