DataReleased July 2010
Genre Progressive Rock
N of discs 2
Edition date July 2010
Label Frontiers Records
REVIEWER: MICHEL SCHEIJEN
When eminent musicians from famous bands are combining their talents to form a group, the media uses the term ‘supergroup’. That isn’t always correctly. The expectations become very high, and because of that the result isn’t always satisfying. But that depends on if the listener is relying on questionable marketing terms.
Former Yes-members Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood, and Toto-vocalist Bobby Kimball are confirmed in the media as a ‘supergroup’. On their debut-album ‘Elements’ Sherwood and Kimball are taking all of the songs writing credits. Sadly Tony Kaye just fills some holes with his subtle keyboard playing. Where’s his classic, shrieking Hammond Organ-sound?
Bobby’s songwriting depends heavy on his Toto preceding. Songs like ‘After Your Gone’, ‘Walk Away’, and ‘Only One’ are having the familiar Jeff Porcaro-groove and shuffle. Their’s a certain way of up-tempo freshness and sing along melodies on ‘The New Revolution’, ‘Won’t End Tonight’ and ‘Time To Get Up’ which are more Billy Sherwood’s technical approach of song writing. Due to his perfect production skills all the songs are in a great shape. His musical talents are shining in the fabulous arrangements and guitar solos.
That brings us to the major question of are we dealing with a ‘supergroup’ here? Of course! But the band doesn’t intend to be. ‘Elements’ is a great, but perhaps a bit average album of adult oriented rock by musicians who love making music! Maybe it sounds a bit more like Toto than it should be, but who cares? Who’s weeping because of Toto’s farewell, get’s an agreeable consolation.
BOBBY KIMBALL - vocals
TONY KAYE - keyboards
BILLY SHERWOOD - bass, vocals
JOHNNY BRUHNS - guitar, background vocals
SCOTT CONNER - drums, background vocals