6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Far more positives than negatives,
This review is from: All's Well That Ends Well (Audio CD)
R Haden does have a point in his 3 star review - some of this album sounds very familiar to anyone who has followed Steve and Toto through the years. For example the pre-chorus sections of 'Flash In The Pan' are a straight lift from 'Mysterious Ways' on Toto's 1999 'Mindfields' album. Tumescent, the closing instrumental track, is 'Jake To The Bone' revisited (1992 Kingdom of Desire). Parts of other tracks have familier sounding passages without my being able to pinpoint why.
Despite this, I actually think 'Flash In The Pan' is a great track. I also think that Steve does Steely Dan better than Steely Dan! For the second album in a row he has written an original piece, 'On My Way Home', and recorded it in the style of Steely Dan. This is the track I can't get out of my head. Fantastic stuff. I also really like 'Can't Look Back', 'Watching The World', 'You'll Remember' and 'Brody's'. They all contain something, a hook or guitar riff, that won't leave you alone. At first listen, I found 'Darkness In My World' and 'Don't Say It's Over' quite worthy but a bit dreary, probably because Steve wrote these lyrics at a low point in his life. I have warmed to them, however, with a few more plays.
I have mixed feelings about some of the production qualities on the album. Some tracks are really earthy and punchy. Steve's voice throughout is strong and 'live' and doesn't sound as though it has been fiddled with. However, in places some of the backing sounds a bit glitzy and the drum sounds too often have an 80's feel about them.
Nevertheless, there are far more positives than negatives and this album is head and shoulders above most other stuff out there today. Like R Haden I prefer his previous release 'Ever Changing Times' but nonetheless please don't think this latest offering isn't anything other than excellent, intelligent rock music from a truly superb musician. I believe this album is selling very well and he deserves every success for this and all the other 'unsung' music he has made over the last 30 years.
Good luck Steve.