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State of Mind

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Inside Out
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First Reprisal
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Consequence
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Burnt Soul
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Testimony
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Landslide
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Terminal Power
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Malignant Fracture
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Eastern Voices
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Resistance
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Sustain Upright
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No Tomorrow
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And They Shall Bow
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 62:23

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Front Line Assembly’s second album (the second of three released in three months in late ’87 and early ’88) shows the prolific Vancouver-based duo at the peak of their early style, which is basically that of a Canadian Cabaret Voltaire. Less aggressive and sample-based than their compatriots Skinny Puppy (which songwriter Bill Leeb used to be a member of; the Pup’s Dave Ogilvie co-produced State of Mind), Front Line Assembly married doomy electronic keyboards and percussion to a live-sounding bass and drum whomp, creating a more purely dance-oriented sound. The instruments are up front, and the supposedly menacing found-sound vocal samples are mixed well to the rear, which is basically the only difference between songs like the throbbing “Inside Out” and mid-period Cabaret Voltaire albums like Micro-Phonies. State of Mind is danceable and occasionally sonically intriguing, but it’s also a little too plainly derivative to be taken entirely seriously. – Stewart Mason

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