I bought this album after it was recommended to me through Amazon based on past purchases. Although I haven't really heard Toyah's music, I had high expectations for the album as I find her a really interesting woman. I thought her lyrics would be fantastic - much like Tori Amos, my favourite artist, who is also a really interesting character. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with OPHELIA'S SHADOW.
For me the music and the lyrics were poor. Nothing really got into my head and stayed there. In fact one of the first reasctions to her lyrics was that they just don't make much sense - there seems no progression of the theme. For example, the CD sleeve has Toyah's thoughts on the album where she discusses some of the songs and their themes. She says that Take What You Will is about how most men feel that they own their women lock, stock and barrel. This sounds as though it should be a fantastic song - a theme worthy of a Tori Amos album - yet the lyrics just don't measure up. I'm sorry to say but there just isn't the intelligence there.
I really tried with this album, almost willing myself to like it. But comparing it to Amos, there is no comparison. I come away from the CD and instantly forget the lyrics or the meldoy, and it doens't stir up any emotions in me at all.
I'm sorry, but for me this is not great musical talent. Having said that, I think Toyah is a fantastic woman - clever, interesting and someone who is in touch with herself - it just doesn't show on this piece.