TOTO

(UNITED STATES)

THE SEVENTH ONE

(1988)
LABEL:

CBS

GENRE:

A.O.R.

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening
"Less effective and less balanced than "IV", "The Seventh One" nevertheless remains a brilliant testimony to Toto's excellent know-how in sophisticated pop"
ABADDON (07.07.2009)  
4/5
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With "The Seventh One", Toto closes the pop part of its existence. Following in the footsteps of "IV", this album reproduces the same recipes, with David Paich taking a slightly back seat, singing only on the last track.

The keyboards are always very present and well worked. The harmonic work is, for number 7, largely reinforced by the brass, a fairly marked trend at the time: 'Pamela' (a clone of 'Rosanna'), 'You Got Me', 'Straight For The Heart' and 'These Chains' are perfect examples. Keen to reproduce a second number 4, the band dresses 'Mushanga' in the same finery as 'Africa', namely warm synth sounds tinged with African overtones.

In the realm of tried-and-tested recipes, we're delighted to find Lukather's slow 'Anna', always topped with orchestral accompaniment designed to enhance the warmth, some lovely piano + percussion work to underpin the high-performance 'Stop Loving You', and even an excellent 'Home Of The Brave' with a little epic edge lost sight of since 'St George And The Dragon' in 'Hydra'.

Less effective and less balanced than "IV" - there's even a rather weak track, Only The Children -, "The Seventh One" nevertheless remains a brilliant testimony to Toto's excellent know-how in sophisticated pop. A highly recommendable album.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Pamela - 05:11
02. You Got Me - 03:13
03. Anna - 04:55
04. Stop Loving You - 04:30
05. Mushanga - 05:37
06. Stay Away - 05:32
07. Straight For The Heart - 04:12
08. Only The Children - 04:11
09. A Thousand Years - 04:53
10. These Chains - 05:01
11. Home Of The Brave - 06:48

LINEUP:
David Paich: Chant / Claviers
Jeffrey Porcaro: Batterie / Percussions
Joseph Williams: Chant
Mike Porcaro: Basse
Steve Lukather: Chant / Guitares
Steve Porcaro: Claviers
   
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SPENSER
27/10/2022
 
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Je voulais mettre un commentaire mais finalement, après avoir lu ceux qui sont déjà là, inutile d'en rajouter, tout est dit et bien dit. Le meilleur TOTO, tout simplement.
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