TOYS THAT KILL: Sentimental Ward: LP

There are always so many mixed emotions when you are writing a review of one of your favorite bands. Excitement and anxiety come to the forefront. Toys That Kill are easily in my top ten current bands to listen to. They have songs for most of my moods. The last full length album Fambly 42 was great (see my review in the database on Razorcake.org), but I feel that record had more of an Underground Railroad To Candyland vibe to it than a TTK album. I had attributed this to it being their first record in their own Clown Sound studio, producing it themselves rather than working with their long-time producer Mike Vasquez. Well, I am here to tell you that Sentimental Ward is a TTK album through and through. It comes across with the off kilter urgency of We Control the Sun, but fresh for 2016. It makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I listen to it. I can’t stop listening to it. Todd, Sean, Jimmy, and Chachi work the magic when they get together. I don’t know what their secret is and, to be honest, I don’t want to know. I just want to revel in what may very well become my favorite Toys That Kill album. –Ty Stranglehold (Recess)