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3.71 | 12 ratings | 1 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1987

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Crying Out Loud For Love (4:11)
2. Ordinary People (3:43)
3. I'm Back (3:45)
4. Without Love (3:10)
5. Under My Skin (3:47)
6. Closer Together (3:52)
7. Tell me A Story (4:26)
8. Front Cover Lovers (3:56)
9. Emilie (3:54)

Total Time 34:44

Bonus tracks on 1987 CD release:
10. Closer Together (54th Street mix) (6:23)

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean-Marc Pisapia / vocals
- Claude Thibault / guitars
- Luc Papineau / keyboards
- Guy Pisapia / electronics
- Jean-Pierre Brie / bass
- Phillipe Bernard / drums

- Martine St. Clair / vocals (6)
- Sass Jordan / backing vocals
- Sylvie Daviau / backing vocals
- Daniel Thibault / sax

Releases information

Artwork: Rodney Bowes with Anne Pike (hand tinting)

LP Alert Records ‎- BD-1005 (1987, Canada)

CD Alert Records ‎- BDCD-1005 (1987, Canada) With a bonus track

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THE BOX Closer Together ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (27%)
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Review by debrewguy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The Quebec band the Box hit big with this album. After some radio airplay from songs like Must I Always Remember, L'Affaire Dumoutier, and My Dreams Of You, this one put them on top.

While the singles from this album - Ordinary People & Closer Together - were not prog, they were definitely not throwaway pop. Ordinary People was a call to arms of , well, the ordinary people of all countries to recognise the shared concerns & joys of daily life - "Well, I wonder what the Soviet Rambo looks like in their pictures, and I'm sure as hell he's just as sweet as ours" .

But there was also something more than most North American rock or pop of the time ... a european flavor in many of their melodies that shared some commonalities with mid 70s keyboard prog. Crying Out Loud for Love, Tell Me a Story, and Emile could as easily have been fitted into a symphonic album with their meld of traditional motifs and classical structures , even if they were 4 minute compositions.

The only synth pop remainder from their early days was Front Cover Lovers. Quaint and a bit twee, it didn't sound out of place, but it felt like a fading link to their past works.

In essence, this release stands as a lesser known example of what many would call symphonic pop. Well crafted, with a view beyond the day's charts, standing as the band's most inspired piece.

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