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Sway
     

Sway

4.5 2
by Blue October
 
A far cry from the post-breakup mope-fest that was 2011's Any Man America, a glass-half-empty disaster piece that tunelessly chronicled the romantic failures of singer/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld, 2013's Sway, the band's seventh long-player, finds Furstenfeld and the Lone Star State rockers in a (mostly) more agreeable

Overview

A far cry from the post-breakup mope-fest that was 2011's Any Man America, a glass-half-empty disaster piece that tunelessly chronicled the romantic failures of singer/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld, 2013's Sway, the band's seventh long-player, finds Furstenfeld and the Lone Star State rockers in a (mostly) more agreeable head space, offering up a spacious 13-track set of slick, obvious, dreamy alt rock anthems that celebrate the flipside of heartache. The brief and ethereal "Breathe, It's Over" starts things out on an ambient/orchestral note, providing a nice introduction to the similarly hopeful (and sonically spacious) title cut, which posits passionately, if not a bit brusquely, "We feel high as fuck/And everything is good/Good to go" with a soft yet immediate cadence amidst a nest of chiming, clean electric guitars lines that bring to mind Disintegration-era Cure. Despite being hit by a lightning bolt of hope, Sway's first single "Bleed Out" can't let go of the past, preferring to revel in the clichés of self-pity ("I gave it all but you can't stop taking from me") and anger ("Don't you take this moment away from me") that plagued the band's previous outing -- even the melody sounds cribbed from some other midtempo, radio-ready butane ballad. The band doesn't always fall back on bad habits though, as evidenced by cuts like the pleasant, electro-tinged "Light You Up," the grungy, propulsive, and genuinely fun "Hard Candy," and the elegiac instrumental closer "To Be," resulting in what (at this point) represents their most accessible, immediate, and growth-oriented collection of songs date.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2013
Label:
Up Down Records
UPC:
0759707130328
catalogNumber:
1301
Rank:
10079

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Performance Credits

Blue October   Primary Artist
Tim Palmer   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Bernal   Cello
Steve Schiltz   Guitar
Ryan Delahoussaye   Synthesizer,Mandolin,Piano,Violin,Background Vocals,Group Member
Justin Furstenfeld   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jeremy Furstenfeld   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Matt Noveskey   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
C.B. Hudson   Guitar
Ashleigh Stone   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

David Castell   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Tim Palmer   Additional Production
Brandon Smith   Programming
Blue Miller   Composer
Ryan Delahoussaye   String Arrangements
Justin Furstenfeld   Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Jeremy Furstenfeld   Composer
Matt Noveskey   Composer
Kevin Butler   Engineer
Mark Holman   Composer
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Julian Kayl Mandrake   Composer
Jeremy Raby   Composer

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Sway 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic album, the fans need to help spread there music. This album will not let you down. These guys are true artist that actually write and play instruments. Not to often we see that anymore. Looking forward to there tour as well. Great album, must have for the collection 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a long time fan...you never know what to expect from Blue. This album is a departure from AMIA, which I personally find to be a good thing. I would say this is probably their most radio friendly album to date. It's has a much more mid-tempo feel to it than recent releases and reminds me of Into the Ocean with the heart of their older material. The positive outlook of most of the songs is uncharacteristic of Blue, but I'm happy to hear the change after the anger or AMIA. It's nice to see an artist that I've followed for so long doing well and moving forward. Sway isn't my favorite Blue album, but it's a strong release, plus i can listen to it with my kids (except light it up) that will stay in my rotation.