Sway

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All Music Guide
Sway is the seventh studio album by American rock band Blue October. Recorded with their experienced co-producer Dave Castell, the band create an intricate and positive effort. Featuring strong songwriting and melodies from lead singer Justin Furstenfeld, this is their strongest album to date.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Sway is the seventh studio album by American rock band Blue October. Recorded with their experienced co-producer Dave Castell, the band create an intricate and positive effort. Featuring strong songwriting and melodies from lead singer Justin Furstenfeld, this is their strongest album to date.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 clich├ęs 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • Label: Up Down Records
  • UPC: 759707130328
  • Catalog Number: 1301
  • Sales rank: 3,925

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breathe, It's Over (1:12)
  2. 2 Sway (4:45)
  3. 3 Angels in Everything (4:23)
  4. 4 Bleed Out (3:52)
  5. 5 Debris (6:39)
  6. 6 Fear (5:17)
  7. 7 Things We Don't Know About (4:20)
  8. 8 Hard Candy (4:16)
  9. 9 Put It In (4:19)
  10. 10 Light You Up (4:19)
  11. 11 Things We Do At Night (4:53)
  12. 12 Not Broken Anymore (4:27)
  13. 13 To Be (3:15)
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Album Credits

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, 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, Digital Editing
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    This is a fantastic album, the fans need to help spread there mu

    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 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    I'm a long time fan...you never know what to expect from Blue. T

    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.

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