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||Date: January 3, 2002 at 20:46|
|What does it say when the best song on a CD is the Japanese-only bonus track? Well, as good as a Bobby Kimball-Toto reunion looks on paper, the best song (IMO) was "Spanish Steps" sung by David Paich to the people of OBI-land. The rest of the album just doesn't make the most of Kimball's return. Songs that seem like jams go on forever and only "Mad About You" delivers the guilty pop pleasures of Toto IV. "Melanie" is a sweet ballad, but it belongs to Lukather not Kimball. Should have been more.
||Date: November 24, 2002 at 13:13|
|SI QUIERES ESCUCHAR BUEN ROCK MELODICO,NO LO DUDES..PILLATELO 100%TOTAL
||Date: February 16, 2003 at 18:19|
|Although I think this is a great album, I still miss Jeff Porcaro!
|From: Stefan Weegink
||Date: July 15, 2003 at 7:26|
|Yes koogles its the best song on mindfields 'Spanish steps' it's a shame why it is on a J.P.N Or U.S.A version.
||Date: November 29, 2003 at 13:20|
|nO ESTA MAL!! pero prefiero su etapa clasica d toda la vida!! Me encantan MELANIE y caught in the balance... Fantasticas!!
||Date: August 17, 2004 at 10:35|
|This is the album that gave me the impression that Jeff Porcaro was more into the compositon of the old stuff than I ever tough about.I personally think this is possibly the worst album they could have made.Sometimes it can be boring as a few albums I've heard.Still has it's happy moments like Mad About You which I heard on the radio before buying the album and made me hope it was great comeback.Unfortunately it wasn't to me.To bad.
|From: TIM (2)
||Date: August 17, 2004 at 12:22|
|This was perhaps a bigger disappointment than some of previous dross, as Kimball was back but the quality of material wasn't. The previously mentioned "Mad About You" and "Melanie" are the best tracks on offer, the rest just sounding flat and uninspired. Still, flat and uninspired with Kimball is better than flat and uninspired with Lukather! 5/10.
||Date: April 29, 2005 at 13:29|
|Sorry folks, I can not agree with what you all are writing. This is a very fine and well produced album.
|Heavy Harmonies Volunteer|
||Date: April 30, 2005 at 9:55|
|Mick - have to agree totally , this is first class stuff. Some of the material on this is some of the best they have written in a long time especially the 3 part 'Better Worlds', 'Mad About You', 'Caught In The Balance', 'Melanie' and 'Spanish Steps'. This is a very long album and maybe should have been cut back by a couple of tracks (High Price Of Love being one)as it is overlong. Still, this is one of my favourite recent Toto releases and one I rank highly in their catologue.
|From: AOR freaky
||Date: April 30, 2005 at 13:25|
|Never been a fan of this band, except for the great debut, but this one isn't bad at all ! Heavier than we are used from these guys, and for me, it works. I don't like their wescoast approach that much, I love to see 'em rockin' !
|From: Nick C
||Date: April 30, 2005 at 16:39|
|I seem to be saying this a lot recently but I have to agree with Jez and AOR Freaky (damn their good taste!!) and Mick (who's taste seems as good!). I think this is a pretty wonderful album. I have to say Melanie is the standout track but Better World is fantastic. A maasive improvement on Tambu which although good didn't light my fire baby! I haven't heard Spanish Steps so that must be out of this world with everyone raving about it!
|Heavy Harmonies Volunteer|
||Date: May 1, 2005 at 8:46|
|Nick C - 'Spanish Steps' is a great Dave Paich sung ballad, - should definately been on all the versions not just the Jap one.
||Date: May 1, 2005 at 21:30|
|I don't like this band and style of AOR at all, but I must admit I gave this album a go and didn't hate it. Yeah I sold it within weeks, no it did not do anything for me, but I've heard worse. 'Made about you' and 'Melenie' were pretty cool songs and this is decent AOR, though not my particular preference.
||Date: August 12, 2005 at 12:27|
|ETAPA DIFERENTE DE LOS TOTO,PARA MI UNO DE SUS MEJORES ALBUNES SIN DUDA,UNA PRODUCCION BESTIAL Y UNO DE LOS MEJORES SONIDOS QUE NUNCA HE OIDO,TEMAS A MEDIO TIEMPO CON BUENOS CAMBIOS DE RITMO, TECLADOS,TRABAJO DE BATERIA EXCELENTE.MERECE MAS COMENTARIOS ESTE CD.RECOMENDADISIMO.
|From: juan carlos
||Date: April 3, 2007 at 16:11|
|Es indudable que la producción de este disco es de oro puro, un 10/10 perfecto así como su consabida reputación en lo que a composición se refiere (Richard Page, Randy Goodrum ayudan y de que manera), pero (lástima lo de los peros..) en lo musical no es de mis preferidas, sin decir que sea malo. "Mad About You" es mi favorita, junto a "Melanie", de ahi el disco entre regular a ok. La 1,2,3 y 14 gustables. Muy buena la portada con esas imágenes algo surrealistas en la funda interior. 8/10
|From: Rafo Phoenix
||Date: April 3, 2007 at 16:24|
|No esta mal pero prefiero su etapa clasica d toda la vida!! de acuerdo Robert Tepper pienso igual que tu.
|From: YIRO SEVENTH
||Date: August 21, 2007 at 20:50|
|Pues este es un muy buen disco. La producción es increible, la instrumentación es muy rica, versatil y contundente y todos están en gran forma, el unico defecto es que algunos temas parecen estar de mas, asi como algunos temas que duran mas de la cuenta, pero en general tenemos un muy buen material. Mencionaría entre los temas a "Cruel", con una sonoridad que pretende emparentarla con los grandes momentos del TOTO IV, sin lograrlo, pero sin embargo, un buen tema; también tenemos un temazo...
|From: YIRO SEVENTH
||Date: August 21, 2007 at 20:56|
|AOR que es "Caught In The Balance", con un trabajo de guitarra en la onda de VAN HALEN y un Kimball recordando sus grandes epocas; "Mindfields" es un tema pletórico a ritmo de reggae y Westcoast!; la hard country "Selfish"; por supuesto ese baladon impresionante "Mad About You", la mejor del disco y para mi, uno de sus mejores temas, con una interpretación mágica de Kimball; la bella "Melanie"; la explosiva "One Road" y esa aventura Hard Prog que es "Better Worlds 1,2 y 3". TOTO en gran forma!
||Date: April 26, 2008 at 13:20|
|This is an album with many ups and few downs, the main thing is that it is too long. "Mysterious Ways,"No Love" and "High price of hate" could easily have been deleted from this album. But after that it's all gold! "Caught in the balance" is Toto's best song since the eighties and "Mad about you", "Melanie", "Better World", "One road" and "Cruel" certainly are high quality songs! 8/10 Great but with some flaws.
||Date: January 24, 2011 at 9:53|
|From: rick kerch vzla
||Date: May 16, 2011 at 21:27|
|Pleasant album by Toto as usual...excellent songs...the lenght of the album is not an issue Wachen ...if you like the band in all its aspects then it won't be a problem...talking about the ones that caught my attention i can say that "Caught In The Balance" is a wonderful song then another good shots are "Mysterious Ways","Last Love"(nice),"Mindfields","Mad About You","Melanie"(nice song and another one of the band that has a woman's name...remember Pamela,Holyanna and so on... & "One Road"...a good choice to pick!!!.90/100
||Date: March 23, 2013 at 15:27|
|With about 75 minutes of play time this is one long album as if they wanted to get as much out of their "reunion" as possible. I don't think it worked. There are some really great songs here (Mindfields, One Road, No Love, Selfish, Mysterious Ways) and two outstanding numbers in Caught in the Balance and Better World. I also have to mention Melanie...Finally, after all those years with songs named after girls they chose my name The other songs tend to be more mediocre. Last Love is a song i never could stand. High Price of Hate is way, way too long. Mad About You seems like a desperate try to get back in to the late 80's. Doesn't work. And as the first poster said, to release Spanish Steps of Rome only to the japanese audience was a huge mistake. It's such a great song, it should've been on the album. Give them one of the worse songs, like Last Love instead
|From: hair metal again
||Date: May 20, 2015 at 2:16|
|excellent release as always by the great TOTO!superb musicianship,production ,songwriting and i really cant get the negative comments!"better world","cruel","no love" are excellent songs!recommended
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