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Album Review

Three years since Blue October's last studio album, Foiled keeps true to the eclectic mix of passionately delivered post-grunge that has built the band a core of loyal fans over the years. And while it's this eclectic quality that allows Blue October to sneak successful singles to the top of modern rock charts, the somewhat challenging nature of their music is also what seems to keep them from really staying in the mainstream spotlight. After all, many of the same people who would eat up the soaring "Hate Me" — which was gathering considerable momentum on radio before Foiled's release — might not comprehend the rest of the album compared to their copies of the latest from Nickelback and Alter Bridge. They may enjoy the up and down nature — from introspective brooding to straightforward rock — that appears on "What If We Could," but the album's highlights come in the moments when the band doesn't rely on in-your-face tactics to get its point across. The often desolate and anguished nature of Justin Furstenfeld's lyrics complement his aching voice, which still comes off as a self-aware, less pious Ed Kowalczyk, along with Ryan Delahoussaye's affecting violin. As such, while "Hate Me" is the catchy, more formulaic song of the album, his distraught confrontation of the personal selfishness that apparently ruined a past love makes the song work beyond radio accessibility. Sheesh, every jilted girlfriend of a messed-up relationship should be so lucky as to have a remorseful guy outwardly admit sentiments like "Kicking shadows on the street for every mistake that I had made/And like a baby boy I never was a man." The dark "Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek" explores Furstenfeld's somewhat split personality with a crunchy rap/rock chorus that contrasts the funk guitar of calmer, introspective sections. On the lighter side, "Everlasting Friend" is a warmly executed, piano-laced delight that hints, along with the intimate "18th Floor Balcony," that the often broken frontman still holds hope close. Things get a little hairy, however, on the deviating "X Amount of Words." A New Order-ish techno beat leads the song's delivery into realms similar to — no, seriously — Ciara's "Goodies" with occasional background vocals appearing with a likeness to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington; but at least the sheer weirdness of the song makes it admittedly fun. Overall, Foiled is a multifaceted effort that delivers more than History for Sale and, thus, should delight fans with its arrival. Whether or not the mainstream is now ready for Blue October has yet to be determined.

Customer Reviews

One of the greatest albums out there today.

Im going to start out by saying that blue october is a great band. I have been one of their fans since History For Sale. Foiled gives a new feel to Blue October. From love songs (Congratulations, you make me smile, sound of pulling heaven down) to Angest songs (x-amount of words, Drilled a wire through my cheek) 1. You make me smile: (4/5) Wonderful song to start out the CD, i don't think there could be a better way to do it. 2. She's my Ride Home: (4.5/5) Kind of creepy song when you really think about it. Talks about Justin and girlfriend....killing?(we'll hide the bodies on the ride home) (and so i, set fire to everyone abround you) Still an awsome song. 3. Into the ocean (4.9/5) SOOO close to being perfect. Im guessing the songs about drowning, but thinking about your loved ones, and decideing to give up or not. 4. What If We Could: (4/5) A song about making sure the person you love really loves you. Not one of my favorites. 5. Hate Me (4.5/5) The song that got all the teenies that love FOB go "OMGIEEE I LOVE BLUE OCTOBER OMG!!!!!!!" A song about Justins mother, and how much of a relationship he had with her. A sad song that changed the perspecitive of my life. 6. Let It Go (4/5) A slow, sad song. Something i haven't seen from Blue october. 7. Congratulations (5/5) all i can say.....This song took me, shook me up and down, and set me back down onto Earth....Its amazing..Awsome duet... 8. Overweight (3/5) ummm....very weird....not what i know from Blue October...and i dont like it. Its an OK song. 9 X-Amount of Words (4/5) I don't even know WHAT this song is about. Its a great tecno beat, followed by guitar. 10. Drilled A wire through my cheek (5/5) Awsome song!!! The most Angest song from blue october...ever! 11. Sound of pulling heaven down (4.5/5) Great transition from Angest, to a nice, slow song. Couldn't have done any better. 12. Everlasting friend (4.5/5) Again, a slow, sad song. This song had ALOT of meaning to me. 13. 18th floor balcony (4.5/5) A REALLY slow song. Its a very sad song.. BONUS TRACK: It's just me (4/5) A great song to end the CD. Talking about how it was his fault he was bad to his Girlfriend. Overal (1000000/5) DON'T BUY ON iTUNES. THEY HAVE NO HIDDEN TRACK!!! After listening to this CD 35 times in 3 days (long car ride) I love the CD. Everybody should learn about Blue October

i love the song hate me!!

blue october is awesome! but i bought the clean version and it had the F word in it

Great Followup

Considering how astounding Blue October's previous album "History for Sale" was, I came to this album with little bit of hesitancy. That's a REALLY hard act to follow up. However, I was quite happy to find that my fears were not a reality. By comparison to previous albums, this one certainly shows the most growth, both lyrically and musically. Justin's lyrics, seem to still echo the same subject matter of previous albums, though it is certainly not stagnant. Musically, it's apparent that new methods are being implemented. For instance, in 'X Amount of Words,' we find the closest thing to a techno song that the band has ever written. This coming from a band that sounded more folk than anything on their first album, one has to give kudos for not only the solid execution, but also the sheer guts to try something so supposedly out of their element. Like all Blue October albums, do not judge by your first listen. Give it some time to soak in, read the lyrics, think about what you are hearing. This album can be amazing if you let it.


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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