CD - TONI CHILDS
DescriptionDate posted: 03-Dec-2013
Track listing 1. Don't Walk Away 2. Walk and Talk Like Angels 3. Stop Your Fussin 4. Dreamer 5. Let the Rain Come Down 6. Zimbabwae 7. Hush 8. Tin Drum 9. Where's the Ocean Details Playing time: 45 min. Contributing artists: Alex Acuna Y Su Acuarela De Tambores, Alex Acuna, Alex Weir, Dan Huff, Renee Geyer, Rick Marotta Producer: David Tickle Distributor: Fontana Distribution Recording type: Studio Recording mode: Stereo SPAR Code: AAD Album notes Personnel: Toni Childs (vocals, guitar); David Ricketts (guitar, keyboards, drum programming); David Rhodes, Alex Weir (guitar); Hans Christian (cello); Paul Hanson (bassoon); John Thirkell, Gary Barnacle (horns); Steve Hogarth (keyboards); Gary Barlough (synthesizer); Rick Marotta (drums); Crystal Wilson, Penni Wilson, Renée Geyer (background vocals). Recording information: Avatar, Malibu, CA; Ebusia Records Pty, Swaziland; Marcadet, Paris, Fran Mar Heights; Ocean Way, Hollywood, CA; Utopia, London, England. Photographer: Victoria Pearson.
Union's release in 1988 announced a bold, incendiary new voice in the singer/songwriter sweepstakes in Toni Childs.
The well-traveled Childs, the short-term original lead singer for Berlin, draws upon the vast experiences of her life and delivers them with an urgency that is hypnotically compelling.
It's all tied together by David Tickle's production and aided by first-rate backing by musicians including songwriting collaborator David Ricketts, drummer Rick Marotta and guitarist David Rhodes.
The single "Don't Walk Away" kicks things off in high gear and Childs rarely looks back. Her take-no-prisoners vocal drives the funky, horn-driven track, which is backed by the gospel swell of the background vocalists. Although the rest of the album is a little more sedate, Childs never loses the urgent edge to her dusky voice. "Stop Your Fussin'" is sung to a restless lover over a Caribbean rhythm and "Hush" has a playful bounce to it. Elsewhere, "Zimbabwae" is a parable detailing African strife complete with chanting background vocals and "Dreamer" provides her with a bed of keyboards that shimmer like stars. The twice Grammy-nominated Union received universal critical acclaim and is riveting right through the moody poetry of the final track, "Where's the Ocean." ~ Tom Demalon Editorial reviews Rolling Stone 3.5 Stars - Very Good