Approaching Normal

Approaching Normal

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by Blue October
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602517992733
catalogNumber:
001272102
Rank:
14154

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue October   Primary Artist
Ryan Delahoussaye   Mandolin,Violin,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Justin Furstenfeld   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jeremy Furstenfeld   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Matt Noveskey   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
C.B. Hudson   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bryan Lee Jones   Guitar Techician
Patrick Leonard   Composer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer,Audio Production
Sylvia Rhone   Executive Producer
CJ Eiriksson   Engineer
Ryan Delahoussaye   Composer
Joe Spix   Art Direction
Justin Furstenfeld   Composer,Art Direction
Jeremy Furstenfeld   Composer
Matt Noveskey   Composer
C.B. Hudson   Composer

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Approaching Normal 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Jean_C_C More than 1 year ago
I like this album, but I have to get past the first 4 songs to really get into it. It is a very good driving album for the car. If you like Blue Oct., I'm sure you will enjoy this album.
bluelove More than 1 year ago
If you haven't yet discovered Blue October, you are truly missing out because this band will change your life. Check out Approaching Normal, and if you can appreciate Justin's stunning lyrics, moving vocals, and Ryan's violin ... then go buy the entire catalogue and listen to it from start to finish. Then go see them live, because they're even better in person than they are on recording. With Blue October, it's hard to be diappointed.
kjhproductions More than 1 year ago
this is a great cd. it has some very great songs for the ides such as jump rope. blue does. and blue skies. it comes with a bounus track explicit only called the end. it is a very kick but song. and go to blueoctober.com and buy the pick up the phone tickets
bluefan More than 1 year ago
Moving lyrics, great toons, a true work of art
Mimi_1959 More than 1 year ago
I have all of Blue October's cd's and none of them are weak. Justin's vocals are raw and emotional and I love him and the entire band! This cd has NO bad songs on it ! It rocks!
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