'I Found The Sun Again'
Steve Lukather’s solo album, 'I Found The Sun Again', was co-produced by Ken Freeman, who also both engineered and mixed the new collection. The players feature many dignitaries that have been in Luke’s life for decades. Amongst those are drummer Greg Bissonette, keyboardist Jeff Babko, and bassists Jorgen Carlsson and John Pierce. Life long friend and Toto band mate David Paich performs piano and organ across the album, while Joseph Williams sang on multiple tracks alongside writing string and horn arrangements and tracking keys on 'Run To Me', which Paich and Williams co-wrote.
Friend and band leader of the All-Starrs, Ringo Starr makes a special appearance on the recording and in the video. Other co-writers include Stan Lynch, Jeff Babko, and of course Joseph Williams.
'Welcome To The Club' is an upbeat hand clapping tune that is a wonderful and vibrant number followed by the title track 'I Found The Sun Again', which has a haunting and melodic sound throughout.
'Run To Me' lifts the tempo again for this penultimate track. A wonderful feel and lively vibe, before 'Bridge Of Sighs' brings to a close this latest album with an instrumental jam that showcases all the musicians involved with a futuristic symphony of a track.
'Along For The Ride' is a nice uptempo start to this release with a great vocal display and a lively chorus, before 'Serpent Soul' brings a slower funkier vibe for this cool and interesting track, with rises and falls around every corner.
'The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys' is a slow burner of a track before the tempo rises and we are taken on a 10 minute plus journey with many changes of direction that keep you guessing where to next?
'Journey Through' has a wonderful light and floating start before a more uplifting guitar moves us on throughout this instrumental number.
Steve Lukather is one of the founding members of TOTO as well as being involved in various other musical projects, and is a well respected musician and producer. This latest album is an excellent collection of tunes allowing the full musical repertoire to show itself throughout bringing us a collection of musical styles.
TFM gives 'I Found The Sun Again' 8/10, a very good release, and definitely worth your time to check it out. Released through Mascot Label Group on February 26th.