The most commercial release by Toyah at the time of its release. Which does not mean she'd abandonded her quirky new wave-ish roots, as this album is a good melding of both. Plus, the addition of strings on several tracks added a lush layer, which at the time was unheard of from Ms. Wilcox. A good example of Toyah's talent and growth in progress. And, let's not forget her cover of "School's Out" on this album, which is pure fun!
Toyah returns in 1985 on a major record label, and with the very polished Minx. Minx appears to suffer from far too much external input. The Toyah band that had made her early input very exciting were no longer around, so you get a bunch of session men and producers pulling (most of) the strings. That's not to say that some of the Toyah magic is not present.
The first single is the very poppy, though surprisingly catchy 'Don't Fall In Love (I Said)'. This returned Toyah to the charts, though only briefly. The follow up single, the dreadful 'Soul Passing Through Soul', ranks as the worst single Toyah has ever released. The final single, 'World In Action', is mildly better, though still forgettable. The highlight of the album is the excellent S&M song, 'I'll Serve You Well'. This is classic Toyah, though with a lot of gloss. Some of the other good songs could have been classics with a little less polish and a little more roughness, such as 'All In A Rage', 'Vigilante' and 'Soldier Of Fortune'. The total embarrassment of this album is the painful 'Over 21'.
Minx comes with a number of bonus tracks, which include the great B sides from the 'Don't Fall In Love' single. 'Snow Covers The Kiss' is probably the best song from this era, while 'Kiss The Devil' is another that could have been a classic, though is very over produced.
The CD was mastered entirely from master sources, with the exception of one of the 'World In Action' mixes, though the vinyl transfer of this track was cleaned up nicely. The CD also comes packaged with an excellent booklet with all lyrics, as well as comments from Toyah herself about the shortcomings of the album.
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