Boy in the Box

Boy in the Box

by Corey HartCorey Hart

CD(Canadian Import)

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Overview

Corey Hart quickly followed the success of his 1984 debut album, First Offense, and its blockbuster single, "Sunglasses at Night," with Boy in the Box in 1985. If First Offense used new wave synths as flair for Hart's rock-oriented mainstream pop, Boy in the Box is a thoroughly modern album, at least according to the standards of 1985. Most of the rhythms are synthesized, all the arrangements are built on keyboards, the guitars are processed so they're clean, brittle, and echoey, all adding up to an album that pretty much defines the sound of mainstream contemporary pop in 1985. Although none of the songs here have the sleek ominous undertow of "Sunglasses at Night," as an album Boy in the Box is more distinctive than First Offense, building on the vibe of "Sunglasses at Night" often to strong results. Hart spends a lot of time brooding on this album, cultivating the sullen loner vibe that "Sunglasses" captured so well; even the lively title track has a touch of emotional claustrophobia running beneath it. But it's isn't just introspection here -- Hart tackles Communism on "Komrade Kiev," and the album's hit, "Never Surrender," is a soaring power ballad of empowerment, giving this album a greater musical and emotional range than his debut. If Boy in the Box still sounds tied to its time, so be it -- most albums can't help but reflect the times that made them. But among mainstream new wave-influenced pop
ock albums from 1985, this is one of the more intriguing ones.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/1998
Label: Aquarius Music
UPC: 0060274616628
catalogNumber: 46166
Rank: 57154

Tracks

  1. Boy in the Box
  2. Komrade Kiev
  3. Never Surrender
  4. Sunny Place - Shady People
  5. Eurasian Eyes
  6. Everything in My Heart
  7. Silent Talking
  8. Waiting for You
  9. Water from the Moon

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