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Album Review

Not to be confused with other acts of the same name, the Humans whose second album is Sugar Rush are veteran avant-garde rock singer Toyah Willcox and bassists Bill Rieflin and Chris Wong, a trio formed in 2007 to fulfill an invitation Willcox received to tour Estonia. The singer-plus-two-bass-guitars lineup may be unusual, but it is no more unusual than some of Willcox's other projects, and in practice, the music is augmented in the studio with other instruments, notably the guitar of guest (and longtime Willcox associate) Robert Fripp of King Crimson, who appears on every track of Sugar Rush. Still, drums and drum programming are relatively minimal in music that nevertheless has a strong rhythmic impetus. It also has a strong flavor of the synthesized pop of the late '70s and early ‘80s as heard from such groups as Eurythmics and Yaz, though Willcox is less angry a singer than Annie Lennox and less passionate than Alison Moyet. She has an ethereal, disembodied quality, even when the music is at its most aggressive, such as on "This Reasoning." The effect can even be mildly humorous, as on "Sweet Agitation," which has something of a '50s rock & roll/doo wop feel. All of this makes the group name "the Humans" somewhat ironic. But it will appeal to fans of later King Crimson and some of the artier efforts of new wave rock.

Customer Reviews


Brilliant, amazing, Love it.
The vocal on Small Town Psychopath is incredible.

An Original & Creative Masterpiece.

Toyah Willcox: Vocals
Bill Rieflin: Bass, percussion, keyboards
Chris Wong: Bass, guitar

What i love about this new offering from THE HUMANS is it's originality. It's a bit like a wonder about the TATE MODERN. One is never too sure what one will get and creativity lies waiting in every corner/track. i've never heard an album like this before..well, with the exception of the first album THE HUMANS.

Each track has it's own special surprise with style and rhythm change...most evident in the opening track Titanium Girl.

Sea Of Size maintains the unique sound of The Humans.... edgy & raw where the vocals of Toyah Willcox and the musicianship of Bill Rieflin & Chris Wong & Robert Fripp (guest human) are equally matched. I think this is the perfect match for Toyah's vocals bringing out that strength and identifiable quality evident in her recording work.

Small Town Psychopath is inspired! How on earth one begins to write a song like this is amazing...i love it. the music is , thankfully, like nothing ever heard before and really lives up to the great title.

Put A Woman On The Moon is a reminiscent, more polished version of work found on Prostitute album that Toyah recorded some years ago. Brilliant!

What i also love about this album and the creative team behind it is that it just promises to be exactly what it is & totally non pretentious. It's a case of "This is what we have decided to share...enjoy it...but if you don't, that's okay coz we're gonna record it anyway!"

I'd love to be in the studio witnessing the creative process of an album like this... not your average 9-5 job! It's such a dark album it must be exhausting to get the right sound.

I have followed Toyah's career since 1980 and, i believe, this is the perfect collaboration for her at this point in her career. this album isn't that of a shrinking violet and is specific of it's drama, art and challenge.

As you can probably tell, I love The Humans!


The Humans have found their feet & hit the ground running! This really is a great piece of work. Can't stop listening to it. There's something new every time!

Sugar Rush, The Humans
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 02 October 2011

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