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Toto

Falling In Between

Review by Greg Olma
Falling In Between is the first new material from Toto in almost 8 years. Was it worth the wait, you might ask? It most certainly was. There is never any question about the caliber of musicians that make up to Toto. Each member is at the top of his game but that is not what makes the band so good. The thing that makes this collection of studio musicians so special is the songs. Each one of the tunes on offer here is a catchy, well-crafted piece of music. This is not only a great album; it is a great Toto album. Looking at their catalog, this is one of the most consistent records they have created and will become a fan favorite in years to come. I just hope it does not take them as long for a follow up.

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Track by Track Review
Falling In Between
The intro to this song has a Led Zeppelin feel. As the track progresses, it veers into Dream Theater territory. There is a similarity to Dream Theater's "Home." Steve Lukather adds in some really heavy guitar work.

Dying On My Feet
This one is a hybrid of pop and jazz music. It is just the kind of music you would expect from Toto.
Bottom Of Your Soul
Joseph Williams sings this ballad that starts with an almost tropical sound. There is some nice guitar/piano interplay in the middle of the song.
King Of The World
If all you remember from Toto is IV, then this song will slide right into your comfort zone. It is a very 80's sounding song. That is not a bad thing. In fact, it is one of the better songs on the CD.

Hooked
The musical chops come out as this song begins. It has a funky jazz intro that turns into a rocker for the chorus. That chorus really reminds me of an updated Deep Purple sound. Just when you thought they could not add another element, Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull makes an appearance to give the middle a Tull feel.
Simple Life
Steve Lukather plays piano in this short ballad. Piano is the main instrument but the song does get a bit more rock towards the end.
Taint Your World
This is the most rock tune on the disc. It is very similar to Mr. Big's "Addicted To That Rush."

Let It Go
A Steely Dan sound dominates the beginning of this tune. It has a nice jazz fusion feel and contains a very emotional guitar solo from Steve Lukather. After that solo, a bit of old Yes sneaks in.
Spiritual Man
This is a slow track that has a very religious sound and feel. The backing vocals add to the sacred theme. You can definitely picture this track being sung during a church service.

No End In Sight
Piano starts off this cut that builds into a good rock song. There is a great keyboard solo stuck in the middle. This is another highlight of the record.

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