Toto XIV
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 20, 2015
RecordedDecember 2013–December 2014[1]
StudioThe Treehouse, North Hollywood, California
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California
ATS Studios, Calabasas, California
Porcara Musica, Valley Village, California
Digby Road Studios, Thousand Oaks, California[2]
GenreHard rock, pop rock, jazz rock, blues rock, progressive rock
Length55:59
LabelFrontiers
ProducerC. J. Vanston, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams[3][4]
Toto chronology
The Collection
(2008)
Toto XIV
(2015)
40 Trips Around the Sun
(2018)
Singles from Toto XIV
  1. "Orphan"
    Released: February 5, 2015
  2. "Holy War"
    Released: February 17, 2015
  3. "Burn"
    Released: March 3, 2015

Toto XIV is the thirteenth studio album by the American rock band Toto (though the band's fourteenth album overall, when one counts Toto XX). Toto released the album on March 20, 2015. It is the band's first studio album since Falling in Between in 2006.[5]

The album marks the return of Joseph Williams on lead vocals, Steve Porcaro on keyboards, and as well as the only album marking the return of its original bassist David Hungate (since Toto IV in 1982) before he left the band in September. The band continued without an official bass player in their lineup. Toto XIV is the first and only album with Keith Carlock on drums, replacing Simon Phillips, the longstanding successor to original drummer Jeff Porcaro, who died in 1992. It is also the first studio album since 1982's Toto IV not to feature longtime bassist Mike Porcaro, who had been inactive since 2007 due to ALS and died shortly before the album's release.

Background

Their final contractual obligation with Frontier Records, Toto made the record understanding that it likely would not make pop radio. With the return of Steve Porcaro and David Hungate, David Paich found the sessions to be "very cyclical", which was further helped by the location of their studio: it was located just a half mile away from where they recorded their eponymous debut.[6] One song, "Chinatown", was actually written for the first album, but never fully developed until the Toto XIV recording sessions.[6] The name was explained by band member Steve Lukather in December 2014: The band counted all the albums with new released music. Because of this, the album Toto XX from 1998, although not a studio album, but a collection of older unreleased songs, was counted as well, making Toto XIV the 14th album.[7]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars [8]

AllMusic's review XIV described the album's title as a reference to their platinum-selling 1982 album Toto IV, but said that it "doesn't share much with that Yacht Rock classic. Despite the McCartney-esque shimmer of "The Little Things" (not to mention the passing allusions to "99" on "Chinatown"), tunes take a backseat to bombast on Toto XIV, with this Steve Lukather-led incarnation accentuating intricate instrumental interplay." The review also described a "furious first half, containing such plainly evident socio-political protests as "Holy War," "Running Out of Time," "Unknown Soldier," and "21st Century Blues"". It concludes that the band is "not living in the past, nor are they denying it: they're accepting all their indulgences, all the intricacies that come with their virtuosity, and making a record that reflects what these veteran rockers have seen and learned in their 40 years in the business."[8]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Running Out of Time"Lukather, Paich, WilliamsJoseph Williams4:06
2."Burn"Williams, PaichWilliams4:56
3."Holy War"Lukather, Vanston, WilliamsWilliams & Steve Lukather5:24
4."21st Century Blues"Lukather, VanstonLukather6:08
5."Orphan"Paich, Williams, LukatherWilliams3:55
6."Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)"Paich, LukatherLukather5:06
7."The Little Things"Steve Porcaro, Allee WillisSteve Porcaro4:34
8."Chinatown"Paich, Mike SherwoodDavid Paich, Williams & Lukather5:07
9."All the Tears That Shine"Paich, SherwoodPaich5:09
10."Fortune"WilliamsWilliams4:46
11."Great Expectations"Paich, Williams, LukatherPaich, Williams & Lukather6:48
Total length:55:59
Japanese edition bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
12."Bend"Mike Sherwood, Steve PorcaroPorcaro2:48

Personnel

Credits taken from album’s liner notes.[2]

Toto

Additional musicians

Technical personnel:

Other:

Charts

The single "Burn" reached as high as number 7 on the World Modern Rock Top 30 Singles Chart, where it appeared for 20 consecutive weeks.

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