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Oh! This Is Ecstacy!!

Maybe it's the presence of Simon Darlow but there's a spark and a vitality in Toyah's voice, and songwriting, on this album that hasn't been heard in a long while. There's diverse and electic influences: from Bowie/Bolan glam (Sensational/Come), altermative rock (Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel in You)/Lesser God) to sublime ballads (Heal Ourselves/Bad Man/Legacy). Indeed, these are some of the finest ballads of Toyah's career. Bad Man is surely her most "cinematic" sounding recording ever? It's a sweeping epic that isn't about a bad man after all, more a heartfelt love song. Toyah's voice at times sounds fragile and delicate (Legacy) and other times utterly powerful (has she ever sounded as confident and assertive as she does on Lesser God?). And the urgency in which she delivers Come will have listeners gasping for breath with the sheer energy of the song. Musically Toyah has given us her all. Just a smidge away from celebrating 30 years in music and it's blatantly clear she still has a lot to say!

Buy this and bring the sun out!

Wow! I can’t get this off the player. Like Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, Toyah in her 50’s is giving the younger ones a run for their money with this, her 13th studio album. ‘Sensational’ should be a huge hit given airplay. ‘Lesser God’ is an addictive piece of rock/goth, and on ‘Come’ she sounds positively on heat – lock up yer sons! Refreshing to hear a whole album full of great, honest and credible pop/rock songs, rather than the usual 1 or 2 hits and instantly forgettable album tracks so common in today’s releases. Impressive work from Willcox and Darlow that’ll lift your spirits. Nice to hear a totally new sound from Toyah, but regaining the musical passion she had in her early indie days. Love the tongue in cheek nod to her husband Mr Fripp too! Nice work.

Cracking album!

I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but what i wasn't expecting was a work of such outstanding satisfaction. Unlike a lot of Toyah fans i am not blinded by devotion, so i was prepared to be realistic about just how good this album is. By the third hearing i was deeply hooked and i have been playing it almost constantly since. For me this album is up there butting heads with Prostitute as the most excellent of Toyah albums. Her ability to surprisingly change tempo makes this album endlessly interesting, her vocals are beautifully delivered and the lyrics are, as always, verging on the genius. The first half of the album is stonking, which i am pretty sure she wrote with eye to performing live, the second half is superb, it is very mature with great musical arrangements and perfect vocal delivery. I'd take my hat off to her for this album (if i was wearing one,) but do remember the rules. Listen to it three time before you pass judgment, by then i am pretty sure you will be as hooked as i am. Oh, and Toyah, if you are reading this, bloody well done babe!


Born: 18 May 1958 in Kings Heath, Birmingham, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Toyah Ann Willcox was born in Birmingham on May 18, 1958, and trained as an actress at the Old Rep Drama School. She was launched as an anti-establishment figure when she appeared in two cutting-edge films in the late '70s: Jubilee, the punk rock movie directed by Derek Jarmen in which she played a character named Mad, and the Who's mod film version of their early-'70s rock opera album Quadrophenia, in which she played the equally bizarrely named character, Monkey. She moved on to front a punk rock...
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In the Court of the Crimson Queen, Toyah
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: 15 September 2008

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