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Album Review

Despite its conventional title, Approaching Normal is Blue October's most puzzling release to date. Frontman Justin Furstenfeld jumps overboard on the bulk of these tracks, from the snarling melodrama of "Weight of the World" (where he sounds like Adam Pascal, the hyperbolic rocker from Rent) to the bizarre, Smash Mouth-styled bounce of "Jump Rope." He has an unchecked affinity for drama, for the sort of first-pumping grandeur that very few bands can execute, and his angsty self-loathing turns up some priceless nuggets of post-grunge poetry. "I gained 40 pounds because of you!" Furstenfeld howls during "Say It," before announcing his intention to "cover you in ants, bees, and honey, then take your picture for the cover of our album" during the follow-up tune. He even adopts a British accent for "Kangaroo Cry." Furstenfeld's vocal resemblance to Jack Black is more apparent on these tracks than ever before, and Blue October remain aware of their own absurdities.

Customer Reviews

Vraiment bon !

Je suis un fan fini du groupe ! J'aime bien l'innovation dans le son, qui se renouvelle toujours d'album en album ! :-D Fais toujours du bien d'entendre du nouveau !

Blue October just ROCKS!

These guys have got the Best lyrics that I have ever heard...they go from so much love to so much hate...Every Album just ROCKS!!! Just listen to them...

Approaching Normal, Blue October

Once again a great release from Blue October. Original, great music, sound. Love it!


Formed: 1996 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Texas quintet Blue October formed during the post-grunge boom of the mid-'90s when vocalist/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld began penning angst-ridden rock songs with the help of his brother, drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld, and violinist Ryan Delahoussaye. Bassist Liz Mullaly and lead guitarist Brant Coulter completed the band's initial lineup, and Blue October released an independent debut album, The Answers, in 1998. The band's emotive brand of post-grunge led to the sale of 5,000 copies in their...
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