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  • Summary: The debut album for the British indie rock quintet was produced By Dan Carey.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 13, 2012
    100
    Toy manage to be psychedelic and craft memorable pop.
  2. Sep 10, 2012
    90
    What 'TOY' lacks in originality, it more than makes up for with an incredibly rich dot-to-dot of psychedelia laced musical education, and this album is, to coin an awful new musical genre, Nu-new-wave at its very best.
  3. Sep 6, 2012
    80
    If the dips into shoegaze and 1980s "sound and fury" rock sound familiar, pop hooks placed at surprising moments means they sound refreshing more than reheated.
  4. Sep 18, 2012
    80
    This album still contains some of the strongest pop songs of the past few years, plus evidence of a restless, experimental desire to keep moving on that makes you hungry to hear what they're going to do next.
  5. Sep 26, 2012
    75
    What their self-titled debut lacks in innovation, it makes up for in spirit, its 12 barn-burning tracks accurately capturing a sense of youthful zeitgeist.
  6. Sep 12, 2012
    70
    There's definitely a familiarity to their sound, but once you get past the derivativeness of it all, there's much to like about Toy.
  7. Sep 6, 2012
    60
    Though frontman Tom Dougall's subdued vocals prove a little one-note over an album, the ground's certainly safer than it was three-fifth of Toy's old band. [Oct 2012, p.112]

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  1. Sep 14, 2013
    7
    TOY are an outfit derived from Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, a band better known for being the butt of many jokes for their seeminglyTOY are an outfit derived from Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, a band better known for being the butt of many jokes for their seemingly endless delays of releasing an album before splitting up before doing so. I actually saw them supporting the Cribs in 2008, and they were very underwhelming. It is good to see then that the remaining members have managed to regroup with such success. TOY is a very solid psychedelic album that never drifts far from it's formula, and I hope to see more from them. Expand