I loved this abstinate duo when "Lost Alone" came along, seemingly out of nowhere. Musically and technically, I don't think many can measure up to gentlemen Poiss and Hadwiger on their quest for perfection. There is no significant change in style or sound on "Crossroads", but every element has been lovingly refined and out comes an epic piece of electronic history. The constant voice alterations are still present, but add more than they take away, in my opinion. Processed, vocoded vocals better suit the mysterious darkness created through these epic, multi facetted soundscapes. A couple of tracks are left with only Hadwiger and his somewhat questionable English, suddenly bursting the cosy sci-fi bubble I have been ensconced in. The many effects help blur the linguistic flaws more efficiently.
The booklet treats us to a gloomy short story, starring the band's alter ego Black and his adventurous struggle with his own psyche. It makes for great reading while listening to "Crossroads", fitting the musical theme brilliantly.
Here and there Mind.in.a.box lose themselves in their complex imagery. But I suppose that's true of all geniuses.
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