Foiled

Foiled

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by Blue October
     
 

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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

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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
ock 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602498518571
catalogNumber:
000626202
Rank:
8770

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

David Castell   Producer
Patrick Leonard   Producer
Patrick Sugg   Composer
Chuck Reed   Producer
Ryan Delahoussaye   Composer
Joe Spix   Art Direction
Justin Furstenfeld   Composer,Producer
Josey Alcantar   Producer
Jeremy Furstenfeld   Composer
Matt Noveskey   Composer
C.B. Hudson   Composer

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Foiled 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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This was my first Blue October cd. I usually buy a cd and only listen to one or two songs on it and that's it. I LOVE this whole cd. Justin writes from the heart. I highly recommend this cd to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started listening to Blue October this year. 'Foiled' was the first album of their's that I bought and I loved it from the beginning. I went back and bought all the other albums (and the live DVD) they have out, and have had nothing but Blue October entering my ears for the last 3 months since we saw them live! All of their albums are wonderful and I absolutely love this band! My favorite is probably 'History For Sale', but 'Foiled comes highly recommended in my book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best band on the face of the planet, and my generation's Nirvana. I'm getting more than a little sick of all the incessant whining over Blue finally getting some recognition. For those who wail that they were better when they were starving indie artists, I recommend The Answers, Blue's first album, which, while very good and a personal favourite of mine, does not even come close to touching Foiled. So, the band's finally making it why rain on the parade? Perhaps mainstream blows (which it does), but even worse are 'purists', who turn on bands the minute their hard work pays off. As for me? I love the band, I love all 5 albums, and Justin Furstenfeld is a rock god. They pretty much own me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Gabriel meets The Lightning Seeds - fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band has two of the most musical genuis's (singer & violinist), in todays music since David Gilmore(Pink Floyd), Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins. These guys are sure to make a difference in the way we hear music on todays radio and getting ready to take the world by storm!! Congrats to the guys after trying for 11 years to break through, the world is now yours for the taking. PH :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in Blue October because of their previous work, this is nothing like it. If you like Pink and Cher, buy this album. Clearly Universal has put their evil hands all over the production and messed it up royally. Whoever produced this should be fired. I don't know why they took Justin's 5591 stuff and decided to make it sound like poopy...but they did and succeeded. If you have seen them in concert or liked ANY of the previous work, CAUTION this is not like the music they used to make. This is a pop album, not rock. I want my money back!
Guest More than 1 year ago
on heavy rotation in CD player, from work, home, computer etc. the flow and rhythm of this album is crafted with an incredible ear and makes the time pass really quick. this is the first time i listen to Blue October, and i'm very impressed. there's a various range of emotions in this album. i felt like dancing, regretful, thoughtful, happy again... it is a rollercoaster album that i've enjoyed for the past week and a half. if you enjoy music, and appreciate the work that goes into the production of an album, you'll like this one.
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