January 01, 1996
Jarrett Records
Electronica, House, Club/Dance

Album Review

After one album of pleasant but disposable synth-pop (1990's Peace) and a bitter battle with its former record label resulting in the shelving of its second album, New Jersey-based Anything Box returned with 1993's Hope. Originally released on the band's own label, Hope finds Anything Box broadening its sound to include elements of contemporary techno and ambient.
The band's pop approach certainly isn't lost here; both "Every Single Day" and "Where Is Love and Happiness" could have easily become hits if Anything Box had the promotion and support from a major label. The harsher techno elements in "Answer Me" and "Rise" suggest Anything Box was embracing the (at the time) emerging rave scene; "Hope" and the gorgeous "Transitions" are effectively spacey ballads.
The most distinctive element of Anything Box has always been the soaring vocals of singer and songwriter Claude S. Most acts geared toward the dance floor use vocals as an afterthought, and usually due to a lack of talent. Claude's pitch-perfect tenor has always been at the forefront of Anything Box's sound, and on Hope he certainly does not disappoint.
Whether Hope is heard as a dance record with crossover potential, or pure pop music that can also work well on the dance floor, it is definitely worth hearing for pop fans and clubheads alike.
William Cooper, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Entrance
  2. Answer Me
  3. A Moment's Shifting
  4. Every Single Day
  5. Where Is Love and Happiness
  6. Blue Little Rose
  7. Rise
  8. Ascension
  9. Hope
  10. Transitions
  11. Departure
  12. Life Is Fun + More
  13. [Untitled]
  14. [Untitled]
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