RE: Steve Lukather?
Posted by: Jack ()
Date: June 09, 2000 05:14AM


Benno, mah fren - when it came out, Andrew reviewed this album, actually.......here it is:

Cheers & Whores,
Jack.

1. Real Truth 2. Broken Machine 3. Tears Of My Own Shame 4. Love The Things U Hate 5. Hate Everything About U 6. Reservations To Live (Thewayitis) 7. Don't Hang Me On 8. Always Be There For Me 9. Open Your Heart 10. Bag O' Tales 11. Bluebird

Total Score: 85% (Production 90% Songs 85% Bad Vibes 90% Attitude 85%).

You only have to read the song titles to see that something with Lukather ain't quite right! And from the opening track to the last song 'Bluebird', this is one dark, brooding, bad ass record.
Much of Luke's and even Toto's material has always been on the moody side, but here the songs are darker than ever, and the tone is mellow, to say the least.
Even the hard core Toto fans would admit the last Toto record, and Luke's last solo outing 'Candyman' were dissapointing affairs, but this rights all wrongs, and may prove to be the best Lukather album of the three. It is the first time I have ever heard any Toto or related artist sound 90's, with a much more in your face guitar sound. In fact the sound is so raw and hard edged, 'Kingdom Of Desire' would be the closest reference point. It is truely a guitar driven album.
There are less big choruses and an overall mellow sound, but the tracks remain heavy and raw, even in this slow mellow vein. The drum rythms are as complex as I have ever heard, and the soloing is just magnificent. There are new solos discovered with every new listen.
The album kicks off with the heavy but laid back 'Real Truth', a musically complex track, with that really in your face guitar sound crunching through the speakers. No real big chorus, but melodic none the less. 'Broken Machine' offers some vocal effects, almost an industrial tinge to the guitar sound, and one very dark melody. Again no real chorus, but tonnes of chord changes and solos. 'Tears Of My Own Shame' is the first true ballad, it is more acoustic in approach. 'Love The Things U Hate' is the first sign of an uptempo track, a noticeable chorus and great guitar. 'Hate Everything About You' has to be a hit single! It is a ballad, driven by acoustic guitars and laced with a heavy country feel, steel guitars and everything! The chorus is pure magic, an anthem if I have ever heard one. Also very dark.
'Reservations To Live' also has a little steel guitar in it, but is primarily a 90's hard rock tune, with the biggest chorus to date. Another classic Lukather/Toto tune. 'Don't Hang Me On' is the most 'grunge' tune on the album, a real 90's rocker with vocal effects and a mellow chorus. 'Always Be There For Me' is a slow starting tune that lead sto a great chorus and bridge, adding another sing along anthem to the record. 'Open Your Heart' is a nice acoustic driven ballad, with again, another great, if not a little laid back, chorus. 'Bag O' Tales' is another hard edged guitar diven track with an alternative vibe, and some more vocal effects, and no real chorus. 'Bluebird' is another dark 90's influenced hard rocker, with no real chorus again.
This is Luke's best albu since 'Lukather' and 'Kingdom Of Desire' and is one for the guitar freaks, more than the fans of stuff like 'Seventh One'. Personally I love it, for it is big, it is loud, it is in your face and it is still Lukather all over. The guitar playing is awesome!



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