Picks and Pans Review: Fahrenheit

UPDATED 09/22/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/22/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT


The six men who make up this group are among the most accomplished musicians in pop rock. Guitarist Steve Lukather and drummer Jeff Porcaro in particular seem to show up as sidemen on half the records made in that genre. Toto has been a success as a group, too, with such hits as Rosanna, Africa and Hold the Line. Despite those credentials and acclaim, it's sometimes hard to listen to this band without thinking of processed cheese: The taste is pretty good and it seems wholesome, but there's something slightly insubstantial about it. On this album the loudly declaiming We Can Make It Tonight, by Joseph Williams, Jeff Porcaro and Barry Bregman, or the gentler Lea, by Steve Porcaro, could easily reach the Top 40 without touching a heart along the way. The most striking part of this album, indeed, is the peculiarly out-of-context track, Don't Stop Me Now. An instrumental with moody trumpet work by sitin Miles Davis, it's much closer to jazz fusion than the usual Toto material. It may be just a digression, yet it suggests a sort of direction that this talented sextet might consider exploring a little further. (Columbia)

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