“Angel Don’t Cry” should have been the leadoff single from 1984’s ‘Isolation,’ showcasing Toto’s new lead singer.
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“Stranger in Town” was written by Toto’s David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, who also composed the smash hit “Africa.” But it couldn’t be more different.
Lyrically direct yet with a playful turn on the word “lion,” this Fergie Frederiksen-sung Toto song is sharp, funky and precise.
Toto should have been on top of the world after the blockbuster ‘Toto IV.’ Instead, their follow up ‘Isolation’ found the band in a state of flux.
“Africa,” the last song on ‘Toto IV,’ represents an end in many respects for the band.
The sublime ‘Someday/Somehow’ finds Toto co-founder Steve Porcaro at the peak of his considerable powers.
Toto’s “We Made It” is often overlooked, yet the David Paich/Jeff Porcaro collaboration offers so much more than meets the ear.
Steve Porcaro has always been considered an ace songwriter, a trusted sideman, the ultimate team player. Now, he’s ready to step out.
‘Toto IV’ follows the Steve Lukather rocker “Afraid Of Love” with an even more potent song from David Paich.
“Afraid of Love” isn’t just one of the best deep cuts found on Toto IV; it’s one of Toto’s catchiest, most accessible album tracks ever.