May 20, 2024

 Mind.In.A.Box – Black & White (Album – THYX Records)

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Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop, Ambient-Pop. 

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: “Black & White” took a while to get achieved. Six years after the previous opus Stefan Poiss released “Black And White” in 2023 as the eighth album of the Austrian project. This is a new sci/fi story transposed into music.

Content: The album sounds like Mind.In.A.Box hasn’t been away for too long. This album sounds like the perfect offspring between Electro-Pop and space-like atmospheres. The tracklist alternates ‘harder’, danceable, songs and sweet, dreamy, cuts. On top you’ll Stefan singing while two guest singers joined in now and then.

+ + + : What I’ve always liked by this project is the very own sound DNA. Mind.In.A.Box deals with a sound you directly recognize. It’s a perfect offspring between danceable- and dreamy-like songs. But the main strength remains the unique sound treatments which have an elevating effect during the choruses and mixed with the vocals. Stefan Poiss is a talented and especially passionate singer. It’s impossible comparing this artist to another one but occasionally there’s a touch of Michael Cretu emerging at the surface. Speaking for myself I prefer the more ‘danceable’ cuts of the album.

– – – : I would have liked to get a few more danceable tracks but globally speaking this album sounds like ‘mission accomplished’.

Conclusion: It’s good to have this talented artist back on track; no true innovation although it remains a great and sexy sound experience composed by a visionary artist.

Best songs: “Integrate”, “Just Like You Always Wanted”, “New Wave Propaganda”, “Vertigo”, “Activate”.

Rate: 8½.

Artist & Label: www.mindinabox.com / www.facebook.com/mindinabox.official

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