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The best qualities of this album are its diversity. On one side, songs like "Carmen", "Change of Heart" and "Angel Don't Cry" rock as hard as Toto ever has, and the biggest reason is the style of Frederiksen's vocals. The incredible Steve Lukather can definitely play hard rock, and Jeff Porcaro is equally capable on the drum kit. On the other side, the lush balladry of "How Does It Feel" is as smooth as ever, and the jazzy stylings of "Lion" and "Holyanna" show off David Paich's ample skills and he's well complemented by Lukather again.
Oddly, the first single, "Stranger in Town", is probably the key reason this album was poorly received. The song is completely out of character for Toto, adopting new wave sensibilities and sounding more like a wannabe band than the defending Grammy Album of the Year winners! IMHO, this sent the band backwards from its multi-platinum success of "Toto IV". And with the first single tanking, fans were now wondering why the album seemed all over the place...rather than applauding its diversity of style!
My ultimate take on this album is that Toto was struggling deeply with its identity at this juncture of their career and in terms of public acclaim made them appear to be flashes in the pan. Unfortunate, because those of us who know Toto best know that they're probably the most unappreciated band of the seventies and eighties.
So, this is Isolation - my favourite Toto CD. Toto still is on top! It's a shame that this CD didn't turn out to be as good in the hands of the critics, but it is actually, counting on the per cent, the CD by Toto the fans love the most. It features Fergie's "childvoice", a great voice in a great songwriter! Now, this CD is so great I could die! Hehe, no, really! It includes on of my favourite tracks of all time - Change of Heart! Change of Heart is a really complicated song to play (believe me, I've tried!!! We triedto used it for an audition, but we choose another song instead), because it includes a lot of 5/4 and 7/8. But hey, Jeff's groove is wonderful, and it makes it a lot more fun to listen to the song. When the break comes in the middle, you can feel the shivers down your spine. Now Steve Porcaro gets to play a lot on this song in the break and he does it with such feeling you almost faint. The fun thing with this CD is the song "Lion". It was originally written by Bobby Kimball (born Robert Kimball, NOT Toteaux, that was just a "decoy" when presenting their bandname) but performed by Fergie, and he has the right voice for it since he, as Bobby, has a very high-pitched voice. And of course, we shouldn't talk about "How Does It Feel", now THAT song makes me cry, really, I'm not kidding. I can feel the tears come even though I'm not listening to it. Just broke up with your boy- or girlfriend? Then, a warning, DO NOT listen to this track! And the lyrics, wow, it's kinda deep, and with Luke's voice, it really is a TT (top track)! Buy this CD, for Christ sake, DO IT!
Ce cinquième album sera bien loin de connaître le même sort que le précédent.
Car, malgré l'entrée de " Stranger In Town " dans le Top 30, Isolation se vendra moins que Toto IV...
Pourtant il ne demeure pas moins comme un grand hit pour les fans, un album très abouti, très Rock, ceci grâce à l'énergie insufflé par Fergie qui en fait un album très rythmé que l'on ne se lasse pas d'écouter.
Un Must !
Best : Carmen, Isolation, Mr Friendly, Holyanna, Lion.
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As a huge fan of Toto, this album surely makes an exception in my collection of Toto-albums. I have all their albums and nevertheless listens to them over and over again. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Henning Simonsen
I love "Stranger in Town" and "Holyanna". But these 2 greatest hits are not on thier Greatest Hits. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Michael J. Black