Foiled for the Last Time

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Corey Apar
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. [In 2007, the band released Foiled for the Last Time a double-disc consisting of a full version of Foiled along with 14 newly recorded songs performed live and several alternative remixes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602517459694
  • Catalog Number: 000989072
  • Sales rank: 39,438

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Make Me Smile (4:21)
  2. 2 She's My Ride Home (4:41)
  3. 3 Into the Ocean (3:59)
  4. 4 What If We Could (4:03)
  5. 5 Hate Me (6:20)
  6. 6 Let It Go (4:03)
  7. 7 Congratulations (4:01)
  8. 8 Overweight (4:24)
  9. 9 X Amount of Words (4:14)
  10. 10 Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek (4:32)
  11. 11 Sound of Pulling Heaven Down (4:42)
  12. 12 Everlasting Friend (4:05)
  13. 13 18th Floor Balcony (4:33)
  14. 14 Calling You (3:48)
  15. 15 X Amount of Words (4:08)
  16. 16 X Amount of Words (12:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 For My Mother (1:38)
  2. 2 You Make Me Smile (5:48)
  3. 3 Sound of Pulling Heaven Down (4:00)
  4. 4 What If We Could (4:21)
  5. 5 She's My Ride Home (5:27)
  6. 6 Let It Go (4:39)
  7. 7 Angel (4:24)
  8. 8 Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek (4:54)
  9. 9 Everlasting Friend (4:58)
  10. 10 Into the Ocean (4:15)
  11. 11 18th Floor Balcony (5:01)
  12. 12 Overweight (5:26)
  13. 13 X Amount of Words (7:28)
  14. 14 Hate Me (9:03)
  15. 15 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blue October Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love It!!!

    I've never thought I would like this particular band but they are awesome. My favorite song is, Congratulations. However, they all have a special meaning to me personally. It's great music!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    I love all of the songs on this CD. Justin &quot singer/song writer&quot puts so much emotion in his songs, they are easy to relate to. These are songs about his life and things he had to go through. I don't think most of the songs are appropriate for little children though.

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