Minx... Plus Original recording remastered
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I waited for years for the album to be re-released on CD as second hand copies were going for over £60 on Ebay. I was not disappointed as this version includes the bonus tracks. However, I had forgotten the dystopian view of the USA offered by "America for beginners", the masochistic "I'll serve you well" and the depressing "Sympathy". Probably most memorable is the very catchy single "Don't fall in love" which may have been written from the experience of her breaking up with her long time boyfriend, but before she married Bob Fripp. There is a good mixture of darker and lighter songs and the collection does gel together.
I consider this an essential Toyah album and bridges the gap between the excellent, but poppier "Anthem", "the changeling" and her later solo albums which I am not too keen on.
The production is gloriously excessive and glossy, in contrast to the raw energy of previous albums. There are some cracking tunes, such as Toyah's version of "school's out" which is bursting with joyous energy. I actually really like the tracks that most people hate - "Don't fall in love" carries the listener along nicely , "Soul Passing Through Soul" is slickly done and the overlayed harmonies at the end show the maturing richness of her voice. "Space Between the Sounds" is as wonderfully pretentious as any song of the time, and more so, as Toyah acknowledges in the sleeve notes.
This album also carries the earnest "Sympathy" which is in keeping with the trend of social concerns being voiced by pop stars at that time, and the darkly satirical "America for Beginners" which still carries weight today.
Ok, the album is steeped in eighties excess, but like a lot of people, my memory of that decade is of unrelenting gloom, unemployment, the erosion of social values and the destruction of whole industires and communities. We needed albums like Minx to give us a break from all that. The sometimes ridiculous fashion and musical elaboration of the time served in the same way as the Busby Berkely musicals of the thirties - a bit of tinsel in a dark decade.
There are some good tunes on here and so what if the album isn't what went before - that's what Toyah is all about. After this album she became a presenter, provided one of the best voices for narration of stories and documentaries, and built up her acting career on stage TV and film, including being a truly magical Titania in an open air "Midsummer Night's Dream". The lady is a renaissance diamond.
I remember enjoying this album at the time,but then again,Toyah could do no wrong in my eyes whatsoever.
Listening now,some 21 years later,I would say that this is probably her weakest effort,but at the bargain price of a fiver,it's still essential listening ,if only for Sympathy,(big fabulous ballad),America For Beginners(Spine-tingling and so true),and School's Out(Rebellious angst personnified).
All In A Rage isn't half bad either,but the thing about Minx is that it doesn't have the same spark of originality as Toyah's earlier albums,(probably due to the fact that she didn't write the bulk of the material)
Don't listen to me though;buy a copy for yourself and see what I mean! (You can always spend quality time listening to America For Beginners whilst gazing deliriously at the fantastic cover)
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