mind.in.a.box
Lost Alone


4.5
superb

Review

by Jerry Joopla USER (4 Reviews)
October 7th, 2013 | 15 replies | 719 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You will never feel "alone" when listening to this album; here me out.

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

There’s something about mind.in.a.box’s music that has always peaked my interest. Although I can’t particularly nail it in with a hammer, I think it has something to do with their exceptionally vivid sound. Lost Alone, in my humble opinion, is possibly the most decisive futurepop album, and for good reason; this album really creates the sound of the future with twinkling synthesizers, robotic yet strangely alluring vocal snippets, and a slew of heart touching lyrics about personal issues, love, death ,and everything in between. That’s just it though; mind.in.a.box has the distinct ability to create music that sounds so organic and beautiful rather than “mechanical” and cold. Arguably, here we have mind.in.a.box. at their apex, and while there a few minor errors here and there, everything sounds so sparklingly organic and thriving.

Sound wise, everything on this album seems to flow out effortlessly, and while you could dubiously draw parallels between this and say, VNV Nation’s Empire album, Lost Alone is definitely an album of its own kind. This album is very easy to swallow, nothing intimidating, harsh, or anything above is to be found here, just tranquil inducing music made for people who have had a stressful day at wherever and need to take a breather. The synthesizers seem to be a prime factor for this; they bounce around and float between different parts of songs, releasing a trancy effect on the listener and create nothing but pure ear-candy. While the band doesn’t necessarily explore any other genre with this album, every song on this album is indispensable and essential for the EBM world.

Aforementioned, the album flows perfectly, with a lot of variety. ‘Change’ is driven by that women robotic voice and a truly uplifting chorus with various effervescent synthesizers to back it up. ‘You Will See’ is one of my personal favorites, mostly because of the synth sections that seem to pop up, which are in fact, beautiful and organic. ‘Questions’ is a 6 minute epic which is 100% musical throughout, and ‘Lost Alone’ features that machinelike voice (but it strangely doesn’t manage to ever sound like it) and hopeful sounding instrumentation. ‘Take my Soul’ features the catchiest chorus and ‘Forever Gone’ is definitely the most mesmerizing and warmly pleasant song on the album.

So really, this is easily one of mind.in.a.box’s best albums to date (that’s not saying too much, all of their albums are good), and while the lyrics can be mildly cheesy at times, the album never fails to enthuse me. Given the nature of the music, one might come across this album as rather cheesy and lackluster, but in my opinion, the album is far from it. I’d strongly suggest listening to this album first if you want to uncover what mind.in.a.box is really capable of doing; you won’t be dissatisfied.


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bloc
October 7th 2013



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

oshi-

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Departures
October 7th 2013



862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2013



3036 Comments


Considering there's a spelling error in both the summary and the first line, I'm not sure how this review will fare.

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Whispered4tw
October 7th 2013



566 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Check out his latest THYX album 'Below The City' which sounds a lot like MIAB.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC_f8rETGUM

MO
October 7th 2013



17409 Comments


good shit. i remember this band.

where's bloc

Acanthus
October 7th 2013



9514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This and Crossroads are the best.

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Eloriaz
October 7th 2013



602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A magical album!

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bloc
October 7th 2013



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Band is legendary, dunno if they're ever going to release a new album though. Haven't heard new THYX yet either, never saw a download for it lol.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2013



30320 Comments


In b4 Blo -- crap

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Whispered4tw
October 8th 2013



566 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Band is legendary, dunno if they're ever going to release a new album though. Haven't heard new THYX yet either, never saw a download for it lol.


It's pretty easy to find though, and I can really recommend it. To me it's better than his previous THYX album. Especially 'Searching', 'The Street' and 'Roses' are great tracks.

bloc
October 8th 2013



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

If you say so. I'll try and look for it.

Acanthus
October 8th 2013



9514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

THYX just doesn't do much for me, need to give them another chance though since my tastes have changed a bit.

bloc
October 9th 2013



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, I listened to the album once and then just forgot about it. Not that it was bad or anything (gave it a fanboy 4).

Eloriaz
January 27th 2014



602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mind.in.a.box vocoders......

*drool*

bloc
January 28th 2014



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Like seriously



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