Some may try to call her Neo Soul; others Jazz or R&B. One thing that many will call Toi Horn’s music is amazing. William Shakespeare once wrote “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, which clearly states that what matters is what something is, not what it’s called. This budding star from Greenbelt, MD delivers a bouquet of musical treats with her sultry voice, euphonious production skills and insightful lyrics on her latest LP “Watch Out for Corruption”.
Toi Horn is a triple threat artist, holding the title of singer, producer and songwriter. Her remarkable songwriting skills shine on “Let It Happen”, where she tells the tale of longing for a lover who is married with children. The frustration in her voice mounts as she wishes to kiss and caress a gentleman who evidently she can’t spend time with. Despite her frustration, she is willing to wait patiently for her love interest. The soft synth tones, wind chimes and light percussion provide the soil for Toi to plant her love seed. The song is reminiscent of Betty Wright’s “I’ll Be the Other Woman” in which the two songs share the same conceptual point of view. Toi seamlessly conveys her message so that anyone in a similar situation can relate.
The fun loving “We Can” is a mid-tempo cut that is sure to be in rotation like an Al Green song at a Memorial Day cookout. All of her creative cylinders in motion as her stellar production collaborate flawlessly with her mesmerizing vocals. The drum sequences are the driving force behind this beautiful piece of art. Heads will nod as soon as the first kick/snare combination is heard. This smooth groove’s premise is that the options that we have are endless.
The siren continues to captivate the masses as she takes the listener on an erotic journey on the seductive track “Candy”. The vibrant colors of her petals depict Toi’s powerful but tender voice as she serenades her love interest and invitingly sings “Would you like some Candy?” She displays her commanding vocals as she fluctuates between various octaves with ease. Toi’s sensuality oozes over the open hi-hat and rim shot, which explodes into musical ecstasy in the ears of the listener. Other noteworthy tracks from this artist are the soulful ballad “Sexy Brown Thing”, the insightful “Close Your Eyes”, and the politically charged “Corruption”.
Through musical pollination, we’ve witnessed this lovely flower bear audible fruits for all to enjoy. Backed by solid production and heartwarming, smoothly provocative lyrics, “Watch Out for Corruption” is a classic album for the inner grown and sexy in us all. In the incomparable words of the Queen of Soul, a rose is still and always will be a rose. This rose is in full bloom and is ready to be picked.