Toni Childs Union 200g LP
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
1. Don't Walk Away
2. Walk And Talk Like Angels
3. Stop Your Fussin
5. Let the Rain Come Down
8. Tin Dream
9. Where's the Ocean
This album was made by David Tickle, David Ricketts and Toni Childs.