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Mind in a Box is the brainchild of video game soundtrack composer Stefan Poiss, who takes lyrics by Markus Hadwiger and sets them to music that comes from a decidedly industrial tradition without sounding in the least bit aggressive or confrontational. While a heavily processed voice delivers lines like "I feel sad, so left alone/Words are not enough for me to live on" (on "Light & Dark") and "I'm sad, so terribly sad" (on "Walking"), steady foursquare beats and chilly synthesizer chords chug and ripple underneath in a gentle and sometimes unselfconsciously tuneful way -- note in particular the lovely hook on the chorus of "Change." For an album of more-or-less industrial music to deal with issues of loneliness and alienation isn't exactly unusual, but for it to do so in such a quiet, almost contemplative way certainly is. Lost Alone may not deliver a large crossover audience for Mind in a Box -- those with a less-than-compulsive interest in industrial music will wish there were a bit more development in the sound, and maybe a few more hooks like the one featured in "Change," but this album represents a refreshing break from the usual industrial routine, and is an impressive debut effort on Poiss' part.
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This CD brought the future right to my doorstep. From the moment I started listening to it, I felt an unresistable urge to walk right through the door and dive into this future. The songs create an atmosphere, which draws a picture of the future that may or may not become true, but certainly is exciting to imagine. I could just sit there for days, listening to it, and loosing myself in a world thoughts and sensations. The music is impossible to describe and categorize in all but the most general form as "electronic". Contrary to the title of the project "Mind in a box" the music feels very free, in a sense that it combines all kinds of styles together. Also, there is no song like the other. They all sound different and tell different stories, although there is something that connects them all. In other words, this album is a unique, refreshing and exciting experience that I can recommend full heartedly to all those mind´s in boxes out there (and to all others as well ;-). One more thing. Be sure to visit their website, as it really completes the experience and also there are MPEG files for download available. Once you bought the album, there´ll be an access code in the booklet for additional (unreleased) MPEG files. Just great!