Released: Nov 1984 / Produced by: Toto
Jarring style reversal here for Toto on Isolation following the departure of Bobby Kimball, this one featuring sterile note-hitting yeller Fergie Frederiksen. Frederiksen lacks Kimball's soul, feel, & balls, yet somehow the musician's ever-resourceful grasp on whatever style they choose rescues the album from possible disaster.
Steve Porcaro's classical keyboard vignettes seamlessly team with Steve Lukather's more up-front rock riffs, and Jeff Porcaro gets a workout, but the rocking set feels emotion-free. David Paich sings lead on a mere 2-1/2 songs out of 10--most he would on any subsequent album (weak single "Stranger In Town" and silly Holyanna"). Standouts: Journey-esque title track, Kimball co-written "Lion," neo-classical pop metal "Change Of Heart." This was original bassist Mike Porcaro's recorded debut with band. Most fans had no idea what to make of this upon its release. For aficionados only.
3. Stranger in Town
4. Angel Don't Cry
5. How Does It Feel
8. Mr. Friendly
9. Change of Heart