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Mind in a Box, Crossroads
Metropolis Records, Sept. 25
Itís a shame that the folks who could most use this record simply arenít going to know about it. I may have mentioned before how Metropolis is branching out to other genres and sounds (Electric Six has a new one coming out, which weíll get to in the coming weeks, Xmas deluge permitting) that have little to do with their goth-slam bread and butter, but such experimentation does require a bridge of the caliber Stefan Poiss has provided for three albums now. More complex and methodical than VNV Nation but instantly accessible regardless, MIAB rely heavily on the high-pitched vocodered sound propounded by big-league europoppers Eiffel 65, an effect that works beautifully when surrounded by Poissí endless supply of flashy synth arpeggios. Like his previous stuff, Crossroads is a concept album revolving around weird, nebulous cloak-and-dagger things, so thereís a goth element thatís dark, but not for the sake of being dark, lending a welcome maturity thatís lacking in the labelís more die-cut players. A ó Eric W. Saeger