Anything Box

Anything Box is an Electronic/Synthpop/New Wave musical group originally from Paterson, New Jersey and now based in Long Beach, California. Formed in 1986, they are best known for their 1989 single "Living in Oblivion". They also garnered some attention for releasing an album entirely in MP3 format in 2003. With a current lineup consisting solely of Claude Strilio, the past members have included long-time members Dania Morales and Paul Rijnders, as well as Carlos Pacheco, Mike Zacek, Gary Strilio, Dave South and Barry Bunch. The band is noted for its melodic, synth-driven dance beats from its early years as well as its fusion of electronics and guitars which is its current musical focus. The band also receives praise for its album artwork which ranges from oil paintings to electronic paintings which are all works of Claude Strilio. Anything Box has released several albums, EPs, and singles, and continues to perform around the world.
The band's name comes from the title of a book of short stories by Zenna Henderson, The Anything Box. In the title story, a young girl imagines the world as she would have it, apparently by staring at an empty space between her hands.

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Carmen - CastellanoFuture Past EP5:55
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A Wonderful LifeNineteen2:45
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AtlantisThe Effects Of Stereo TV2:18
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Molly's LipsThe Effects Of Stereo TV2:16
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Bonus Un-released Track!Worth2:18
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Known as the "lost album," Worth is the ill-fated second release by the New Jersey-based synth-pop group Anything Box. Its 1990 debut album Peace, released on Sony, was a respectable seller and included two substantial club hits, "Jubilation" and "Living in Oblivion." Anything Box (lead singer Claude S. and Dania Morales) traveled to Germany with producer Gareth Jones (Erasure, Depeche Mode) in early 1991 to record the follow up, Worth. But by this time, Anything Box was involved in a contract dispute with its label; after a bitter legal battle, the band was allowed to leave Sony, but only if Worth was shelved. The band eventually was able to realease the album themselves in 2001. Worth rivals Depeche Mode's Black Celebration as one of the most beautifully dark synth-pop albums ever made.

"World Without Love," the album's opener, exemplifies the mood; Claude's aching, beautiful tenor seamlessly blends with soothing synths and Dania Morales' lovely background cooing. The song is not as depressing as its title indicates; unlike many synth-based groups that resort to self-parody with an excessive gloom and doom lyrical approach, Anything Box succeeds because of its optimism and heartfelt performances. "Soldier and Child" is another fine track here. The upbeat synth arrangement contrasts nicely with deceptively depressing lyrics and stunning vocals by Claude S. to create an obscure pop masterpiece.

Despite an unnecessary Beatles' cover ("All You Need is Love," which actually isn't bad), Worth is definitely "worth" searching for. Easily the best album Anything Box ever made.
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