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  • Audio CD (29 Aug. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Diablo
  • ASIN: B000A7IHRQ
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Soldier Of Fortune Terrorist Of Love
  2. Don't Fall In Love (I Said)
  3. Soul Passing Through Soul
  4. Sympathy
  5. I'll Serve You Well
  6. Over 21
  7. All In A Rage
  8. Space Between The Sounds
  9. School's Out
  10. World In Action
  11. America For Beginners
  12. Vigilante
  13. Snow Covers The Kiss (Bonus Track)
  14. Kiss The Devil (Bonus Track)
  15. Don't Fall In Love (I Said) (Extended Mix) (Bonus Track)
  16. Soul Passing Through Soul (Extended Mix) (Bonus Track)
  17. World In Action (Action Mix) (Bonus Track)

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By A Customer on 20 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The release of Minx saw a more mature Toyah emerge as the musical tastes of 1980s continued to change. Here an 'adult' Toyah sported a sleek look, a new way of writing her name, and a fresh sound that some die-hard fans hated. Gone was the raw energy, now Toyah had become refined and more melodic with a better trained voice as Sympathy and America For Beginners showcased. This album included covers and these too were a no-no for some. The three singles from the album barely graced the charts, Don't Fall In Love (I Said) only reached number 22, and Toyah's follow-up, the better, Soul Passing Through Soul shared the same fate; perhaps partly down to a lack of promotion. There was no tour to support the release of minx and although it hit the album charts quite high it too quickly slipped from people's memories which is a pity as there are some real gems on it: The story of "O" inspired I'll Serve You Well and Over Twenty One are documented highlights; and yet another is Space Between The Sounds with its late-teen lyrics. All these songs had an 80's gloss but the old, non-image driven, Toyah does appear on All In A Rage and there is a playfulness to a cover of Alice Copper's School's Out. But ultimately this is a Toyah album for quieter days. Why not buy Warrior Rock (released earlier this year) to Rock to; and then play this CD afterwards to wind-down to. You'll fizz along nicely especially to the 3 versions of Toyah's World In Action single. (Album, extended and Action mixes.)This CD is well worth the entrance fee and was sadly the last great album to come from Toyah from some time.
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When this album was originally released it marked the end of my love affair with Toyah's music. At the time her record company released three versions. The tape and CD versions had extra tracks which the vinyl version did not. Few people had CD players (including me) and the disks were over priced in my opinion. I rarely bought tape versions of albums as the sound quality was usually inferior to the vinyl, they often cost more, and they did not last very well.

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.
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I remember this album from first time around. And it shows the start of Toyah's breaking out from the box that some critics and fans would have liked to keep her in. It's almost as if she purposely set out to create the epitome of mid eighties music.

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.
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1985 saw me visiting John Menzies to snap up my copy of Minx.Yes! Here it was,the latest in a long line of Toyah classics complete with dreamy pic. of Ms.Wilcox on the cover looking simply stunning!

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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