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The Answers

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This Texas band has put out four studio albums, a live album, and a DVD. Originally released in 1998, this debut features many of the band's concert favorites such as "Breakfast After Ten" and "Italian Radio", and is their only record featuring founding member and bassist Liz Mullally. Upon initial release, "The Answers" sold over 5,000 copies in Houston alone.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Adrenaline Records
  • ASIN: B000VT6F1S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Keiv D. Spare on November 25, 2007
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Ignore Kalera Stratton's review, she doesn't know what she's talking about.

This is an outstanding album, and whilst it is not the same style as Blue October's Foiled album, it is nevertheless a work of genius. Every song is fantastic, and although I think the songs sound better when performed live (see Blue October's live album "Argue With a Tree..."). The song writing on The Answers is among the best in Blue October's catalog. "For My Brother", "Tomorrow", "Sweet and Somber Pigeon Wings", "Italian Radio", "Blue Sunshine", "Black Orchid", "Mr. Blues Menu", "Weaknesses", "The Darkest Side of Houston's Finest Day" and "The 21st" are all worthy of inclusion in a list of Blue October's best songs.

Yes this album was recorded in 1997 so it won't sound the same as an album that was recorded in 2007, but any music fan worth their salt can recognize the genius in the lyrics and the violin arrangements. Buy this album, it's well worth it.
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This album is very personal to the band, and it defiantly shows. The lyrics are raw, so much so that you feel as though you are surrounded by them. There is also something very soothing about singer Justin Furstenfeld's voice, it just seems to draw you in almost daring you not to listen closer. On this first offering from Blue October you can see a lot more of their Texas based "twang" rock roots, which only gives more personality to their sound.

On this record Blue October is not afraid to show what is at their core, a passion for making music with purpose. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys deep poetic lyrics with solid alternative/folk/rock sound.

Looking back on this album it is very clear why they are a band that is on the way up the music charts.

Tracks not to be missed: Breakfast After Ten, Italian Radio, For My Brother, Blue Sunshine, Black Orchid
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I have been a fan of Blue October since there Foiled album. I bought there early albums and listened to them for months. I swear. This band, and/or Justin Furstenfeld is some of the best music I have ever heard. The lyrics are so deep I can feel my heart beating when I am listening to these great songs. The Answers is there first full length album. Some songs on this album made it on later albums because they were so unnoticed when it came out. I somehow overlooked this album when buying the others. But it welcomes itself with relatable lyrics that any non-shallow individual that has "lived" and understands the important things in life will attach themselves to these songs like the songs were telling there own life story. Enjoy.
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I was first exposed to Blue October with their recent release and subsequently worked my way backwards through their earlier stuff. I now realize they are (or were?) much deeper than their slickly-produced pop-ified recent material would suggest. I like this one and its follow-up, Consent to Treatment, much better than Foiled. The material is more urgent and personal, the production cleaner and simpler, and I love the up-front violin. Foiled is good, but this album makes me appreciate it in a whole new light and gives me hope for more great music from them in the future.
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I bought this off of ebay after buying all their other cd's. It's not one of those albums you can fully appreciate by just listening to it once or twice. As much of Blue Octobers stuff, the more you listen, the better it gets. It amazes me to see all this no talent pop garbage out there on the charts and an album as incredible as this one never really makes it anywhere. The music and lyrics are awesome. The way Justin is able to really show the intended emotion of the song by the way he sings is amazing. It's pretty rare that I find a band who's music can bring me to tears, this is one of them. When I listen to these guys I feel the music in my whole body. They've had quite an impact on me. Many people don't look that deeply into music but if you feel as deeply about good music as I do and you're already a Blue October fan , do yourself a favor and just buy this cd along with any other cd of theirs that you don't have. Trust me, they're all good, but this is one of the best. If you've never heard Blue October, I'd recommend Foiled and Approaching Normal, then go from there. If you dont want to pay the outrages price for a cd, buy the download. It's cheap and quick. If you insist on getting the original cd, check out the bands official website. I rarely write reviews but I felt that this one deserved my input 'cause it's so good.
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I SEE SOME PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT THE VIOLINS, SOME PEOPLE LIKE AND SOME DON'T. THE ANSWERS IS THE DEBUT ALBUM BY BLUE OCTOBER AND IN MY OPINION IT IS THEIR BEST ALBUM REASONS BEING IS, IT IS A WELL WRITTEN ALBUM MUSICALLY AND LYRICALLY THEY PUT SOME GREAT SONGS TOGETHER AND IT COULD BE JUST ME LOVING THE 90S TYPE OF SOUND OR THE SELF LOW BUDGET SOUND OF THE ALBUM BUT THE ALBUM FLOWS EVEN AND KEEPS WANTING TO COMEBACK TO TRACK 1 AND PLAY IT ALL OVER AGAIN. PLUS IT INCLUDES POSSIBLY ONE OF THEIR BEST SONGS IN MY OPINION THE SONG CALLED "BLACK ORCHID" A HAUNTING, SAD, SONG THAT JUST PUTS YOUR MIND INTO JUSTIN'S FURTENSFELD'S MIND FOR AN ENTIRE SONG. THE ANSWERS IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM ANY OF THEIR STUFF AND THATS PROBABLY WHAT KEEPS IT APART FROM THEIR OTHER RELEASES BUT THAT'S ALSO WHAT MAKES IT SUCH A GEM AND AN IMPORTANT PART OF BLUE OCTOBER HISTORY.
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