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3.34 | 19 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Liftoff (3:20)
2. Black Dog There (3:37)
3. So Beautiful (6:12)
4. Someday (2:07)
5. Watching over You (4:21)
6. Round and Round (3:19)
7. We Need Time (2:52)
8. Hell on Earth (5:38)
9. That's the World (2:30)
10. Run for It (4:17)

Total Time 38:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean-Marc Pisapia / vocals
- Francois Bruneau / guitar
- Dan Volj / bass, guitar, drum loops (10)
- Martin Lapierre / drums

- Didier Dumoutier / accordion (6)
- Isabelle Rajotte / vocals (7)

Releases information

Artwork: Moisan

CD Komfy ‎- KOMFY1 (2005, Canada)

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THE BOX Black Dog There ratings distribution

(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(53%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Canadian band The Box have a nice little release here, with their first ever progressive rock album following 13 years after they ended a career as a pop band.

AOR-tinged progressive rock with some complexities and peculiarities is the name of the game - and variations in style from spacey rock to world music spiced songs, slick performed and produced and with a slightly retro feel to it overall. A couple of nice moody ballads as well, with great atmosphere to them due to Jean Marcs excellent vocals.

Overall the album is a bit uneven, but there's enough goodies here to make this release worth checking out.

Review by loserboy
4 stars My love of the music of the Box started back in highschool when I bought their debut album! I always found something magical about their music and I guess you might consider them to be a pure prog-pop band. Over the years the Box had anumber of hits but had fallen a bit off the view of many with each subsequent album. In 2005 they released what I would consider a absolute masterpiece. Imagine a concept progressive pop-rock album from these veteran Canadian hit makers! It is true....Black Dog There is a outer worldly concept album based on a shuttle flight that goes all wrong and ends up in another dimension. Musically the box still feature their guitar and keyboard based melodies but draw ina whole new vibe and feel on this album. Songs ebb and flow in and out of many wonderful dark symphonic passages song by song. The thing i really like about tis album is that it really breathes and feels so full in sound. I hate to say it but this is a beautiful album from start to finish! Highly recommended!
Review by apps79
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2 stars The Box were one of the very good Canadian bands back in the 80's with a charming New Wave/Art Pop style of their own.Formed in 1981 by former-Men Without Hats member Jean-Marc Pisapia, the band released four full-length albums between 1984 and 1990, most of them were quite succesful, before disbanding in 1992.In early-00's though Pisapia revived the group with a fresh line-up with Denis Faucher on keyboards, Isabelle Lemay on backing vocals, Martin Lapierre on drums, Francois Bruneau on guitar and Dan Volj on bass and The Box released their fifth release ''Black Dog There'' in 2005 on Universal's Komfy label.

As the days of New Wave had totally faded, Pisapia had to come up with a different style of music.So ''Black Dog There'' could easily be desribed as an Art/Space Rock album with again strong Pop flavors, unfolding around the story of an astronaut, who finds himself stuck in a parallel universe after an explosion of the space shuttle he was crewing, derived from the interest of Pisapia in quantum mechanics and modern physics.Musically the group tries to come up with short, intelligent compositions, but while there is a slight turn to more adventurous themes compared to the past, the album is heavily driven by its concept, thus led by Pisapia's vocal story.It reminds me of CARPTREE at moments without being as dark-sounding, in contrary the album's atmosphere is quite pleasant all the way.Unfortunately this work is quite short (38 minutes) and about half of it is consumed around the concept story with intense vocals supported by little to almost no music background, just some sparse synths, acoustic guitars or accordion.The richer tracks are definitely more interesting, though with limited prog flavor, and sounds a bit like SPOCK'S BEARD more easy-going material, featuring some decent keyboard and guitar ideas.

Listening to this album you get the feeling that The Box were more daring during the 80's than in recent years.Pretty decent tunes, but nothing more than that, the vocals are also good but dominate the album in an extended deegree.For fans of the band and Art Pop-Rock...2.5 stars.

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