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An album of many moods...

In a time when the UK media is obsessed with the Cinderella antics of a homely Scottish lady with an amazing voice, most of our population seem to be unaware that a much more exciting musical gem is waiting to be found in Texas... under the name of Blue October. Like most people this side of the pond, I found them entirely by accident thanks to a Canadian radio station playing the single "Hate Me" whilst I was on holiday 3 years ago. I fell in love!! And unlike a lot of holiday romances I'm still in love with the music now. I was worried that Approaching Normal might have lost the edge of some of their earlier albums, but my fears were put to rest from the opening bars of "Weight of the World", which is neatly book-ended by the final, gut-wrenching track, aptly titled "The End". In between there is a whole spectrum of moods; for happy innocence, try bouncing along to "Jump Rope". Need a lullaby? Then the tenderness of "Blue Does" is for you. "Say It" is ideal for a bop and sing-along in the car, but make sure that your window is up for the sweary bit. :) However, I think that the outstanding track is "Dirt Room", a real rock and roller-coaster of a song. It's another one to have on high volume in the car! I also love the video where lead singer Justin Furstenfeld takes on the role of a burgler who makes the mistake of breaking into a house where the owner decides to dish out our her own brand of justice by digging a large hole in the garden... Long live the boys in Blue!!

They Just Get Better!

Just when you think they've gotten as good as they can possibly get, they release this. Approaching Normal is just exquisite. A large range of styles and song types. From light and happy songs like Jump Rope, loving songs like Blue Does to dark and menacing The End. Such a range and they never fail to amaze. The only band that I think sounds just as good, if not better, live. Justin puts his heart and soul into singing these songs, Ryan on his strings makes something beautiful, CB, Matt and Jeremey just complete the set. No favourites, this whole album is fantastic. I would never compare any Blue October album, because they're all so different. I just hope that one day they get more recognition over here in the UK. They deserve it!

approaching normal

Liked these guys for sometime now, but had the pleasure of seeing them perform live in nottingham, Amazing. Blue October are unique and masterfull, and this album is yet another example of their talent and individuatily.


Formed: 1996 in Houston, TX

Genre: Alternative

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

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 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 native Houston alone. Two years later,...
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