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Best Safari album finally on CD
on 31 May 2005
Finally, Love Is The Law is released on CD! Toyah's last studio album for the Safari label in 1983, this is arguably her most cohesive album. Recorded amid a mass of other projects, the sound, lyrical content and production of Love Is The Law holds together better than bigger hits Anthem & The Changeling which, whilst pulling together collections of similarly themed songs, didn't quite feel as rounded. In contrast to Anthem's sci-fi tinged mysticism and The Changeling's earthy fantasy elements Love Is The Law takes you off into a future of space travel and other worlds which conjure up images akin to mid-80s films such as Robot Jocks and Crash & Burn. It isn't surprising that following this album, Toyah would record a song for and cameo in the film Lorca and the Outlaws. Opening track Broken Diamonds stomps its way in before introducing warm synthesizers for the second half of the song and is followed by album highlight I Explode, instantly memorable and one of Toyah's best singles-that-never-were. Rebel Of Love and the single Rebel Run follow (I've never been partial to the latter, but admit it deserves its place here) before the excellent Martian Cowboy. Toyah doesn't often do a love ballad but here she does and she does it well. The weird opening to Dreamscape gives way to a rather average song which is the album's only low point, but the rest of the album doesn't disappoint. The title track (featuring fans who had camped outside the studio) is Toyah at her most positive and is as catchy and anthemic as I Want To Be Free. The closing track The Vow (her last single for the label) is arguably her best recording, it being an acoustic ballad with melancholy guitars and a beautiful chorus. Completing this release is the 1982 single Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard) plus respective b-sides. These only add to the album, continuing the same flavours and themes. Of particular note is Haunted, previously only available on the b-side to The Vow and is a perfect example of how much Toyah had developed since the early days of anthemic, boistrous tracks such as Neon Womb & I Want To Be Free. Mention has also to be made of Alan Robinson's very informative sleeve notes and the collection of fascinating promo art & photos that accompany them. Her best Safari album, Love Is The Law is up there beside Prostitute & Ophelia's Shadow as Toyah at her best. This release is the last of her album back catalogue to be issued on CD and has been a long time coming, but finally it's arrived and far from disappoints.