READER REPORT:

Album I couldn't live without: Union

GLENN DAVY
Last updated 10:59 06/11/2012
A DIFFERENT CHOICE: Toni Childs' Union.
A DIFFERENT CHOICE: Toni Childs' Union.

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My 'album as life time companion' is a rather eclectic and personal choice, far from the classics that are perhaps usually considered. But for me, Toni Childs' 1988 album Union is the one that I have consistently listened to since its release.

I was 18 when it was first released. I was tasting my freedom for the first time as well as a newfound idealism (I was going to change the world for the better).

The album, with its world music influences and slight 'hippy-as-late-eighties-consumer' vibe, perfectly slotted in with where I was in life and where I wanted to be. Toni's unique (odd?) voice perfectly captured the sweet and scary feelings I had about my life.

It has dated somewhat (I'm sad to say we have become much more cynical), but when I listen to that album now it reminds me of my dreams and it kind of puts me back on track.

Life plans change but regardless that album has become the soundtrack to my life, and reminds me that where I am now is just fine.


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