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Album Notes Blue October: Justin Furstenfeld (vocals, guitar, piano, samples); C.B. Hudson (guitar, background vocals); Ryan Delahoussaye (strings, background vocals); Dewayne Casey (bass); Jeremy Furstenfeld (drums).Additional personnel: Zayra (vocals); Matt Novesky (bass); David Castell (programming); Blue Miller.Producers: Blue Miller, Justin Furstenfeld, David Castell.

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  • Audio CD
  • ASIN: B0000A4GIN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By The Wickerman on November 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Blue October has everything a popular band should have: catchy melodies, raw and sincere emotion, creative yet accessible music, and enough diversity to warrant repeated listens, and assure that their sound won't grow old. And yet, they aren't popular. Why, you ask? Well, that's a good question.

"History for Sale" is an absolutely perfect album. The band covers a wide range of emotions and musical styles, making for an addictive roller coaster ride of a musical experience. Lead singer/main songwriter Justin Furstenfeld (is that an awesome name, or what?) really pours his heart and soul into his music. You can tell he means every word he sings (either that, or he's just really good at faking it). And unlike a lot of bands, who are uniformly sad, happy, angry, or whatever, these guys cover the full spectrum. The album goes from the soft, lilting "Clumsy Card House", to the full-on unbridled rage of "Razorblade", to the fluffy (yet sincere) love ballad "Calling You", to the tragic "Chameleon Boy". As I said, this album is an emotional roller coaster, and Justin conveys each emotion with power and sincerity. Plus, he's just got an awesome voice. He's been compared to such singers as Peter Gabriel, Ed Kowalczyk, and Michael Stipe, but his style really is very much his own.

And musically, the band is always keeping things interesting. The songs are layered and complex, with a lot of interesting time signatures, but the instrumentation is always focused on the song. Songs can go from gentle acoustic melodies, to jarring, heavy riffs, and the drums and bass weave deftly about them in bizarre and colorful patterns. In addition, there's also a guy that plays violin, which adds a really nice touch to it all.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Z. Freeman VINE VOICE on September 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Blue October's songs are the most honest expression of emotions I've heard in a pop/rock band. This cd covers every range of emotion from rage to helpless love. Although it's clear that the singer/songwriter is a lot more depressed than most people, he expresses it in a way that nearly all people can connect with. His lyrics are poetic and earnest, his voice is intense and melodic. And what rock band has a violin?

Amazing is one of the sweetest and yet most depressing songs ever written. "Can we pretend I'm amazing?"

Inner Glow is the exact opposite, an energetic, exuberant expression of inner strength. "Gonna wake up strong"

Blue October may go from one extreme to another, but they're never mundane.

This album is cleaner and more well written than Consent to Treatment, and deeper than Foiled. If you buy only one Blue October album, make it this one... but why buy only one?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill M. VINE VOICE on May 28, 2007
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This album, 'History For Sale', is actually that. It's one man's very personal thoughts, experiences and life details (history), written down, set to music, recorded in a studio, put on a CD, and presented for sale to anyone who wants to buy it.

The very personal nature of the lyrics on this album is the kind of stuff a normal person would write only in their private journal and keep to themselves for reflection. Consequently, at times listening to this album does give you the privileged but uneasy feeling that you would get when being made privy to the details of someone's personal life. Nevertheless, Justin is an artist that is willing to make us privy to his 'history', however uncomfortable, painful or personal it may be. Which results in what any great artist in any medium ultimately aspires to achieve; to bring out of oneself something unique, beautiful and meaningful from a personal place which touches others in a profound way.

Now, while this material tends to be a bit on the melancholy side you must recognize it for what it is; candid artistic expression. This stuff is NOT contrived. And while the lyrics can be melancholy, they can at the same time be very uplifting. If you've ever seen Blue October perform live you know without question that Justin's music comes from his very heart and soul. Justin's performance and the music is so emotional and powerful that the audience is at times actually moved to tears, and I'm not talking about teenage girls. It is also plain and very nice to see that not just Justin but all of Blue October are very passionate about their music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Machado on September 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
About two months ago, a friend who is a longtime Blue fan, brought the band to my attention. I listened to the the live Argue with a Tree cd & HFS. I thought they were good, but I wasn't swept off my feet or anything. Later, I borrowed the live dvd Argue With a Tree. I didn't watch it right away, afterall I hadn't been blown away by the cd's, right? Unable to sleep on a weeknight, I put on the dvd thinking I'd watch some of it & return it. I could tell my friends I had watched it & thought the band were pretty good. In one of the reviews someone said you can't really appreciate Blue October until you see them live. As I watched this live performance, I was swept off my feet. Yes, as another reviewer wrote, Justin is not the first to write about heavy issues. But, it is the passion, the pain, the joy, all the emotions in between, & of course the music, that makes Blue stand out over even well-known groups. There are so many talanted songwriters & musicians who never see the light of day, simply because of timing, funding, the politics of the music buisness. I pray Blue October isn't one of these. It is all there. They have it. Buy History For Sale & any other Blue October cd/dvd you can get your hands on! They have touched so many people on a smaller scale, let's help them make it bigtime. We all benefit. PS: I will be seeing Blue October live for the first time next month in Austin. The show is the same day as my 10th wedding anniversary. We are going with the friends who brought Blue October into our lives. We are all prepared to be swept off our collective feet!!!!!!
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