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This review is from: Falling in Between (Audio CD)
To be honest, you already know if you're going to buy this album or not. Toto have been around long enough for most people to form an opinion of them and this review won't sway anyone either way. What I will say to fans of these great musicians is that this is easily one of the best albums since The Seventh One. It certainly ranks alongside Tambu, The Seventh One, Toto IV and Isolation in my top 5 for the band. The songwriting is beautiful throughout with some unusual twists and turns in each song to keep you on your toes. Of all the tracks, the one that really stands out for me is Spiritual Man. Starting with David Paich on vocals, it moves to Bobby for the full Toto effect, before then passing on to Greg for a final, and utterly stunning finale. He really does have a wonderful voice that compliments the rest of the band brilliantly. Luke fans will be glad to know he's on top form, especially on the Van Halen inspired Taint Your World and the surprisingly heavy riffs on the title track. My only criticism of the whole album is that Simple Life is just too short. It's a gorgeous song, but its as if they forgot to finish it!
The other question you might be asking is, is the Japanese import worth the premium for the extra track? Well, it's very short at 1min 46secs, has no real structure and sounds like a real 60s Jazz acid trip. I think it's great, but its so out there, I can see why they thought it just didn't suit the album. I wouldn't pay nearly double the price for just this one track, but you can get it cheaper if you look around a bit more. If you're not too bothered, you're not missing all that much by buying the European edition.
All in all, an album fans have waited nearly 7 years for, but one that is more than worth the wait. Soulful, musical, intelligent, emotional, beautifully written and brilliantly played. This is music, and I mean real music, not the mass manufactured disposable crud that major labels keep inflicting on us. Just sublime...buy it.