Before Toyah wrote a bunch of top ten songs for the early 80s U.K. market (It's a Mystery, Good Morning Universe, I Want to be Free, etc.), she stuck with edgier, harder, warped sci-fi /impending doom / paranoid / fantasy themes. Call it alternative new-wave -- and it broke new ground without the total nihilism of punk. The two Toyah albums that most epitomize this trend are Sheep Farming in Barnet and Blue Meaning. I believe the albums represent Toyah at her most introspective, commenting on the failures of England and its social structures to create a bright future for its people. Neon Womb and Victims of the Riddle (on Barnet) sadly reflect on the desanctification of life. Spaced Walking, Ghosts, Mummies (on Blue Meaning) reflect different aspects of detachment. Ieya also calls out to gods/goddesses to save us from, well, most likely ourselves. Insects completes the death cycle, literally recycling us back while we're in the ground. Good Grief!
So, what is the music like? Imagine the Talking Heads meets Trent Reznor of NIN meets Blondie at a Trekkers Con. One could say this is conventional rock with a goth bent -- You'll just have to get some music samples. Just note there's hardly any top-ten bubblegummy stuff here. This is not light music and bears repeated listenings.
Closest matches in style: Nina Hagen, Lene Lovich.
If you like this album, please search out my other favourite Toyah "The Changeling" which is brilliant in its own way.