mind.in.a.box
Crossroads


5.0
classic

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
October 21st, 2011 | 103 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Crossroads" is easily one of the greatest futurepop albums of all time.

Futurepop artists are often guilty of making music that sounds too rehashed. However, there really is no good reason for this to happen. By its nature, it is a multifaceted genre, and claims a combination of EBM, synthpop, industrial, and trance. It certainly seems like a genre that artists would be able to sculpt into their own vision like a vulnerable piece of clay. More often than not, though, they fall back to the same, mundane script: 1) loud bass beats must be the backbone of your songs, 2) you must employ synthesizers constantly, 3) you must be a poor singer, 4) you must be from Germany, and if not, you must move there. However, despite the final rule, there have been enough non-German futurepop artists to prove the genres multicultural diversity. In fact, mind.in.a.box hails from Austria, and happens to be one of the best artists of its kind out there. On paper they seem like an average act, using the same basic outline that every futurepop artist uses, so what could they possibly bring to the table besides leftovers? Quite a tasty meal, apparently.

It doesn’t take long to realize that Crossroads is a very different album. In the opening track, we are treated with glorious synthesizers, and with them, a guitar that flows into the sound. The guitar actually appears a few times in the album, and proves that the genre can use more than just synthesizers. In fact, the album features a vast amount of interesting, original ideas, and is in a word: smart. From the drum n’bass in ‘Fear’, to the beautiful strings and piano in ‘The Place’, this album provides a very different experience. In fact, they provide an experience that includes song lengths of up to eight minutes, which is unheard of in futurepop. However, they sure aren’t wasting any time, because every second is more dazzling and thought provoking than the last.

Futurepop has often had emotionally compelling pieces, but Crossroads is the cream of the crop. With beautiful synths and plenty of time to evoke feeling, the messages in lyrics are persuasive:

“You float in a million lights,
but the one you seek is not there.
you fight in a million fights,
but it's yourself you cannot bear”.

Perhaps this would all fail with a lack of real power, but the lead singer for mind.in.a.box (Stefan Poiss) throws his heart on the table. He isn’t really a good singer, but he makes up for it through an emotional deliverance. Often sounding depressed and broken, you can’t help but feel caught up in the story that the album tells. It is a sad yet hopeful story, and combined with music, it completely consumes the listener. Some of the more fragile, compelling moments are when Stefan whispers through auto-tuned, processed vocals, sounding like a child without protection:

“it is the fear that drives you mad.
it is the fear that makes you blind.
it is the fear that keeps you sad.
it is the fear that kills your mind”.

If any futurepop album is going to cause you to have a revelation, it will be this one.

With introspective, heart-wrenching lyrics, Crossroads is more than just another album: it is an experience. The album contains beautiful, melodious tunes with seductive anthems, as well as Daft Punk-esque dance songs. Always in forward motion, it is constantly catchy, and is ideal club, party, car, and even headphone music. As a futurepop album it’s an obvious classic, but even outside of the genre’s confinements, it should be considered a brilliant piece of music. Crossroads is easily one of the greatest futurepop albums of all time.



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pizzamachine
October 21st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I had a brain wave today. What's up?

bloc
October 21st 2011


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

POS A MILLION TIMES YOU MOTHERDUCKERS

pizzamachine
October 21st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I accept! :]

Pharoh
October 21st 2011


3326 Comments


damn pizza another review? lol=]

pos

bloc
October 21st 2011


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

You know what, it's coming to the point where I kind of like Dreamweb and Lost Alone more than this album.

pizzamachine
October 21st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ Pharoh: I won't rest until I hit 200!

@ bloc: But it's still definitely worth a 5 am I right?

bloc
October 21st 2011


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Damn right you right

Pharoh
October 21st 2011


3326 Comments


lol when you hit 200 are you gonna quit?

Razorbabyy
October 21st 2011


2 Comments


Finally a Mind.in.a.Box review! Great review and awesome album. Dreamweb is my fav of theirs with Crossroads in a close 2nd.

pizzamachine
October 21st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well Pharoh, that depends on if I suddenly run out of albums to review (doubt it).

@ Razorbabyy: Thanks man, it's nice to see a mind.in.a.box fan here.

MisterSteel
October 21st 2011


453 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love you with my heart and soul for reviewing this.

pizzamachine
October 21st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I accept again! :]

RosaParks
October 21st 2011


14914 Comments


is this album good

pizzamachine
October 21st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You can bet your bottom it's good.

Tyrael
October 21st 2011


20885 Comments


Good review pizza

BUT IT'S NO LIGHTS

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

pizzamachine
October 21st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol at this rate you'll never listen to anything that isn't Lights. :]

Acanthus
October 21st 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Guess I've got an album to listen to then!


Digging: Falls of Rauros - The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood

bloc
October 21st 2011


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

MORE LIKE YOU'VE GOT A DISCOGRAPHY TO LISTEN TO

Acanthus
October 21st 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nahhhhhh too many things to listen to/study up on/get for that just yet, so far I'm enjoying "Amnesia"

pizzamachine
October 21st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I FEEL LIKE I HAVE AAAMMMNNNEEEESSSIIIIIIAAAAAAAA



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