The Complex is the second full-length album by Blue Man Group, released in 2003. The album produced two singles, and debuted at #60 on the Billboard charts. The Allmusic review by Robert L. Doerschuk states "Although its inspirations, musical and conceptual, trace as far back as Kraftwerk, The Complex serves as a reminder that modern devices and glistening production values can be applied to the most primal creative instincts, if utilized by the right -- blue -- hands".
The Complex is a concept album that takes place in two separate worlds: the world of the rock concert, as in the song "Time to Start," and the alienating world of the modern urban workplace, as in the songs "Sing Along," "The Current", and "The Complex." Both worlds are then tied together in the song "What Is Rock," which contrasts the celebratory "loss of identity" within a rock performance with the dehumanizing "loss of identity" within the workplace. These themes were illustrated during performance by animations that told the story of a faceless worker eventually escaping "up to the roof" and discovering their true self.
Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, Chris Wink (CMP) - founders
Chris Dyas - baritone guitar, e-bow, guitar, harpsichord, zither
Larry Heinemann - bass, chapman stick, guitar, pressaphonic, tubulum, zither