Boy in the Box

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Corey Hart quickly followed the success of his 1984 debut album, First Offense, and its blockbuster single, "Sunglasses at Night," with Boy in the Box in 1985. If First Offense used new wave synths as flair for Hart's rock-oriented mainstream pop, Boy in the Box is a thoroughly modern album, at least according to the standards of 1985. Most of the rhythms are synthesized, all the arrangements are built on keyboards, the guitars are processed so they're clean, brittle, and echoey, all adding up to an album that pretty much defines the sound of mainstream contemporary pop in 1985. Although none of the songs here have the sleek ominous undertow of "Sunglasses at ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Corey Hart quickly followed the success of his 1984 debut album, First Offense, and its blockbuster single, "Sunglasses at Night," with Boy in the Box in 1985. If First Offense used new wave synths as flair for Hart's rock-oriented mainstream pop, Boy in the Box is a thoroughly modern album, at least according to the standards of 1985. Most of the rhythms are synthesized, all the arrangements are built on keyboards, the guitars are processed so they're clean, brittle, and echoey, all adding up to an album that pretty much defines the sound of mainstream contemporary pop in 1985. Although none of the songs here have the sleek ominous undertow of "Sunglasses at Night," as an album Boy in the Box is more distinctive than First Offense, building on the vibe of "Sunglasses at Night" often to strong results. Hart spends a lot of time brooding on this album, cultivating the sullen loner vibe that "Sunglasses" captured so well; even the lively title track has a touch of emotional claustrophobia running beneath it. But it's isn't just introspection here -- Hart tackles Communism on "Komrade Kiev," and the album's hit, "Never Surrender," is a soaring power ballad of empowerment, giving this album a greater musical and emotional range than his debut. If Boy in the Box still sounds tied to its time, so be it -- most albums can't help but reflect the times that made them. But among mainstream new wave-influenced pop
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2007
  • Label: Krb Music
  • UPC: 741914542124
  • Catalog Number: 5421

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Corey Hart Primary Artist, Vocals
Lisa Dal Bello Vocals
Russell Boswell Bass
Gary Breit Keyboards
Michael Hehir Guitar
Bruce Moffett Percussion
Virgil Night Vocals
Andy Hamilton Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jon Astley Producer
Corey Hart Producer
Philip Chapman Producer, Engineer
John Webber Back Cover
Henry Marquez Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keeps Getting Better!

    This one is even better then the first. Corey just keeps getting better, with each aulbun he puts out. Truly showing his abiltity as an aritist as he grows. Corey writes and sings from the heart." Never Surrender" is proof of that. THIS IS A MUST BUY! Devoted Fan. Park

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ahh...the Good Old 80's

    Buy IT! If you grew up in the 80's in the days of Duran, Buggles...etc then you will enjoy it...all others need not apply!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHO 'RATES' COREY HART

    HEARD THE ALBUM BEFORE. 'GET'S' MONOTONOUS! THIS ALBUM HAS THE SONG 'KOMRADE KIEV'. SUCH INDEED ARE THE LYRICS, LITERALLY: ''SHOOT, KOMRADE KIEV... O-O... THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE TELLING ME/ SHOOT KOMRADE KIEV...''

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