Now if you are the big boss from a band like Toto and you write most of the material, why would you even bother to release a solo album? After all, if you are the one who calls virtually all the shots. I know that there are limits of what you can do with your main band. Even if you as a musician like to develop, you just can’t change your sound and experiment. It might frighten off the fans who buy the records. So let’s hear if Steve Lukather decided on a different stroke on his new solo album.
Ever Changing Times starts of with the title track which could have been on any Toto album. It’s a guitar driven song with a synthesizer intro, culminating in a multi-vocal chorus. In short it has all the classic ingredients and is very recognizable. Listening through this album I could hardly distinguish it from a regular Toto album. There are songs that don’t have the big predictability label printed on it like ‘Jammin with Jesus’. (You sure got to love that title) But the bulk of the material is one big old fashioned AOR trip down memory lane like the nineties never happened.
Now does this mean the album is bad? No, it is a well played album, but that is no surprise if you have performed on hundreds of records. That it is why I give the album 70 percent score. Cause really on the compository level, master guitar player Steve Lukather should have come up with better idea’s and write more memorable songs. Because the music goes into one ear and pops out the other. Next!