Toy

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  • Summary: The first full-length studio release in nine years for the Swiss electo-pop duo of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank features guest appearances from Malia and Fifi Rong.
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  1. Sep 30, 2016
    80
    Maier’s urbane persona is as funny, funky and disquieting as ever, and this album is a righteously fresh addition to their catalogue.
  2. Uncut
    Sep 28, 2016
    80
    Surreal humour, suave style and deluxe Europop make for a potent comeback. [Nov 2016, p.40]
  3. Mojo
    Sep 28, 2016
    80
    It's easily their best work. [Nov 2016, p.94]
  4. Oct 7, 2016
    70
    Toy doesn't sound especially innovative, but it certainly demonstrates that Yello haven't been resting on their laurels, and at its best, the album applies new thinking in electronic pop with the melodic and production approaches that have always been part of Yello's music, for a set that's fresh but unmistakably their work.
  5. Oct 11, 2016
    70
    This latest Toy of theirs is a lot of fun, even if it could have been better still had Meier had been given a bigger part.
  6. Q Magazine
    Sep 28, 2016
    60
    It doesn't eclipse their finest work, but if Toy is to be their farewell, it's a fine way to go. [Nov 2016, p.114]
  7. Oct 7, 2016
    60
    Dieter Meier’s vocals are a little grizzled but retain their dark chocolate vibes. He’s the bohemian who’s seen it all but can’t stop partying, reflecting this in the lyrics. He does however need a few disco naps, these being filled adequately by party guests.

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  1. Nov 4, 2016
    10
    I'm blown away at how fresh and modern this album feels while still maintaining Yello's coveted and beloved musical style. I hear bits andI'm blown away at how fresh and modern this album feels while still maintaining Yello's coveted and beloved musical style. I hear bits and pieces from all of their previous albums on it and it makes me very happy. Not crazy about the album cover as it doesn't convey the mood of the songs but standout tracks for me are 30,000 Days, Electrified, Starlight Scene and Blue Biscuit. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2016
    9
    What an excellent album. Entertaining from start to finish.
    Undoubtedly best in its genre this year. Outdoing Pet Shop Boys with ease.
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    What an excellent album. Entertaining from start to finish.
    Undoubtedly best in its genre this year. Outdoing Pet Shop Boys with ease.
    Not getting the rates it deserves.
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