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All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
This major-label debut from Houston's Blue October is an obscure treat driven by an unconventional, dynamic, and intelligent rock energy. Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Justin Furstenfeld comes off on Consent to Treatment like an angry, Midwestern Peter Gabriel who has been listening to too much Eddie Vedder. As Furstenfeld plows through one irascible breakup track after another, the theme of transformation -- isolation into independent, proud self-sufficiency -- places a specific cast on almost every pained yet exuberant lyric. With the somewhat unusual lineup of Jeremy Furstenfeld on drums, Matt Noveskey on bass, and Ryan Delahoussaye spicing things up with violin, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
This major-label debut from Houston's Blue October is an obscure treat driven by an unconventional, dynamic, and intelligent rock energy. Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Justin Furstenfeld comes off on Consent to Treatment like an angry, Midwestern Peter Gabriel who has been listening to too much Eddie Vedder. As Furstenfeld plows through one irascible breakup track after another, the theme of transformation -- isolation into independent, proud self-sufficiency -- places a specific cast on almost every pained yet exuberant lyric. With the somewhat unusual lineup of Jeremy Furstenfeld on drums, Matt Noveskey on bass, and Ryan Delahoussaye spicing things up with violin, vocalist Furstenfeld uses the considerable talents of his band with skill and finesse. Delahoussaye's transparent additions come off more like keyboard lines, as they are frequently stacked into sweeping harmonic movements sounding more like an entire string section than some kind of Dave Mathews jam rock noodling. Highlight tracks include the staunch "Breakfast After 10" and "Holler," but the material on Consent to Treatment is strong throughout. The lyrics are consistently good, the arrangements detailed and smart, and the hooks are sweet and sneaky. Furstenfeld is an legitimate talent, limited only by his anguished sincerity, which by the time of this 2000 release had been so overdone by lesser artists, creating a suspicion among the discerning listeners who Blue October's sophisticated rock seems meant for. Fans of '90s MOR (Dave Matthews, Third Eye Blind, and Creed) who want to stretch out their ears and minds should go crazy for this obscure alternative release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 601215922523
  • Catalog Number: 159225
  • Sales rank: 32,631

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Retarded Dis Figured Clown (0:42)
  2. 2 Independently Happy (4:55)
  3. 3 James (4:29)
  4. 4 HRSA (3:33)
  5. 5 Breakfast After Ten (4:28)
  6. 6 Balance Beam (3:49)
  7. 7 Holler (3:23)
  8. 8 Schizophrenia (3:54)
  9. 9 Drop (4:35)
  10. 10 Conversation Via Radio (Do You Ever Wonder) (4:03)
  11. 11 Angel (5:05)
  12. 12 Libby I'm Listening (3:31)
  13. 13 Amnesia (3:55)
  14. 14 The Answer (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blue October Primary Artist
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Eric Gorfain Violin
Ryan Smith Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Archilla Producer
Nick Launay Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jane Scarpantoni String Arrangements
Blue Miller Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    this is the best blue october cd ever. the wholle cd is great. u will find youreself listening to it over and ovr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great & Original

    Blue October's sound is original, and heartfelt. I haven't heard a CD like this one in a while!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!

    I have followed these guys since my college days back in a small college town of San Marcos, Texas and still continue to follow their music. This albumn is awesome and I hear the guys are back to work in the studio! yeah. I recently moved to the Pacific Northwest and hope they will come play here soon! I highly recommend seeing a live performance as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will kick yourself later if you don't buy this!

    Amazing musicality, awesome sound, great lyrics, strong presence. Real emotion, but not depressing. An awesome CD, and they only get better live. They will eventually be really big. Buy it now and say ''you knew them when''. Houston boys make good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Very awesome group and cd. You must check them out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch these guys

    What a delicious surprise! Each song is a radical departure from the one prior, yet themes are apparent throughout the album. Contagious beat and lyrics you have to sing along to. I'll be surprised if they don't take off in the upcoming months. Ryan Delahoussaye's violin creates a unique and complex sound.

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