Toto – Hydra

ARTIST: Toto                                               Hydra_(Toto_album)_coverart

TITLE:  Hydra



SINGLES: 99 (#26), St. George and the Dragon, All us Boys

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No. More prog than rock.

LINEUP: Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, David Paich, David Hungate, Jeff Porcaro with Michael Boddicker, Roger Linn, and Lenny Castro

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Instead of building on the rock-and-roll success of their debut, the second Toto album goes in a proggy direction and actually is better and more inspired.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Somehow, Toto decided not to reach for a consolidation of their rock success of the debut album, and went into a much more prog-rock direction. It worked, despite the possibility of pretention.

There was only real radio cut, “99”, which was based on the obscure George Lucas movie THX-1138. There’s only one cut that’s bad, though “All Us Boys” teeters on exilability.

The band shows their chops with much better songs and arrangements. It still has some excesses, but they’re actually in the positive for the band. I just wish at times that Bobby Kimball wasn’t the singer on several tracks. Alas.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The single “99” didn’t fare as well because it didn’t sound like Toto’s other hits, or so the wags said.


GRADE: B:  It’s really pretty decent, despite what you may have heard about the deep cuts of Toto albums.


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