Colourbox's one and only proper album, released in 1986 must have sounded quite original in the mid-80s with its use of samples and primitive stabs at dance music whilst being unmistakably 'pop' at the same time. Nowadays the effect of records like these sounds a tad dated as you would expect; the songs that survive are the ones which are not so overloaded with effects such as the pure pop soul of 'Say You' and 'The Moon Is Blue' plus a decent stab at 'You Keep Me Hanging On', whilst on the debit side, 'Punch' in particular smacks of horribly aged 80's studio tricks. In conclusion, with some judicious remote control programming this particular time capsule can become a pretty decent mini album.
Ian Robbins, who contributed songwriting duties to the 'Colourbox' album, had this to say in a recent E-mail to me:
"Strange that people still know of an insignificant pop group from 15 years+ ago.Pretty much agree with your comments on the album in question.In fact recently we sat round and listened to it for the first time in years (we had to to pick tracks for a forth coming compilation on 4ad-hope it never surfaces pop music is meant to be transient) .Did we laugh actually we cringed. Personally the earlier mini ep/lp sounds more current to me"