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Blue October's release Foiled is a powerful new CD that once again touches on the lyrical landscape that so many other artists haven't the courage to explore. Nothing is left unsaid. What's ugly becomes beautiful, what's sad becomes hopeful, and most importantly the audience and band are connected at every moment, hanging on every word. The exchange between the audience and Blue October is amazing to witness. Universal. 2006.

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Texas quintet Blue October has bounced from Houston-based indie darlings to the majors and back twice since their '98 bow. Yet there's little sense they've compromised much of their eclectic, creatively restless ethos in the bargain on this, their fourth studio album (and second major label stint). In the hands of less ambitious musicians, the personally harrowing, perfectly crafted "Hate Me" would have become template for the entire collection; here it's but the most commercially focused of band leader Justin Furstenfeld's eclectic musical obsessions. His taste for early '80s UK New Wave evinces itself in a fondness for lyrical shadows and fleeting sonic echoes of Richard Butler's P-Furs and Peter Gabriel. But it's in the collection's quieter, more reflective songs ("Let It Go" and "Congratulations" turn on Ryan Delahousaye's signature violin phrases; "X Amount of Words" effortlessly morphs through several intriguing techno conceits; "18th Floor Balcony" bristles with an almost neo-classical elegance) where Blue October sets itself a cut above its post-grunge contenders. -- Jerry McCulley
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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal/Motown Records
  • ASIN: B000E97HBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Terry Mesnard VINE VOICE on April 5, 2006
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The thing about Blue October that is going to be, and has been, a roadblock for them is that they don't really have a "mainstream niche." Take a look at "History for Sale" and you will see instantly what I'm talking about. The songs range from folk, to harder rock to almost everything in between. You'll hear some country-ish music, their big hit from that album "Calling You" was definitely pop-ish. It's very eclectic and not content with being one genre. A similar, at times even more so, situation happens with their new album, "Foiled."

You're going to see a lot of disparate reviews here. For someone who purchases this album thinking he or she is going to find an entire album of "Hate Me"-esqe songs, he or she will invariably be disappointed. The journey will involve touching on more folk, hard rock, pop, dance music, music that seems influenced by the 80s (and reminds me of a Dido song), etc etc. Are the individual songs bad? No, I don't think one song on here is bad. They are all different though. I happen to not like dance music and so I don't really care fo "X-Amount Of Words." I'm more a fan of hard music, or music with an edge to it so I really like "Hate Me" and, even more so, "Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek." However, the next reviewer will probably be the exact opposite.

And here is where they are going to have that problem I spoke about earlier. None of the songs are unified around a single or couple genres. Justin and crew effortlessly surf through the different genres and feels without much care. For people like me, it's not a problem. I have a very eclectic taste in music and I like almost every song on this cd. But for others, the wide divergence might not do it for them. I bet there will be at least one song on this album for everyone.
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Every once in a while I find a band that stands apart from the rest of the shlock, and this year it's Blue October. "Foiled" is my first exposure to the band, but it's their fourth album. I saw it in the top 100 sellers here at Amazon, listened to the sound samples and liked what I heard. After listening to this cd a dozen times I am amazed these guys aren't superstars yet.

"Foiled" runs a wide range of emotions, and all the songs have something to do with therapy, changing or healing. It's sometimes cathartic like "Hate Me", "What If We Could" or "Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek". At other times its uplifting and moving like "You Make Me Smile", "She's My Ride Home" or "Congratulations" (with the wonderful vocals of Imogen Heap). And then there are times when it's quietly thoughtful as with "18th Floor Balcony" and the hidden track that follows it. Relationships and their ups and downs seem to be the theme of the album with "Overweight", "Fall Into The Ocean" and "Let It Go" all dealing with adjusting yourself to accommodate another.

"Foiled" has so many different musical styles to fit each mood each song wants to project, that it makes the cd a complete pleasure to listen over and over again. I'm not without criticism though. I think "Sound Of Pulling Heaven Down" and "Everlasting Friend" are the two weakest tracks on the disc and should have been left as b-sides. Also, while listening to "Foiled" I felt they sounded like somebody, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I eventually determined that one band they seemed similar to in a few ways is Collective Soul. I know on "She's My Ride Home" I definitely heard The Cure in the guitar playing.

If you haven't heard Blue October, this is the time to immerse yourself. I am now going back and buying their first three albums. It's been almost three months since the release of "Foiled" and I'm already looking forward to their next album!
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Foiled represents a musical amalgamation of emotions put to sound. From start to finish, one experiences shifting altitudes. From sinking hard & fast to the bottom and floating on the top of a turbulent ocean, to drifting & buffeting against winds amidst atmospheric clouds. And then, finally, we are shot into space to tumble through the ether.

Blue October can play (really play) but they are mechanics & artists of experience. This work represents an engineering and creative masterpiece that evokes memories of past masters of similar artistry, like Genesis and Marillion. Yet there is something completely novel that instills every song with a fresh and unique sound that beats and breathes. These guys don't write songs; they paint music.
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So I've heard Foiled, and here's what I think:

You Make Me Smile Subtle bass line, a whispery echo. Hook: CB's guitar chimes the familiar riff. More echoed vocals, which I disliked at first, but don't mind so much....I still think they're unnecessary. The song's got a bouncy danceability to it. The vocals later in the song are great (once they lose the echo). Not quite as soaring as when performed live, but the essence of the song is captured on the album.

She's My Ride Home The best song on the album, perhaps the best song Blue October has ever done. To not make this a single would be a mistake in my opinion. The lyrics have changed since the last time I heard it, they're more morbid, but also uplifting. They tell a metaphorical story of murder, cover-up and successful escape...a kind of Bonnie and Clyde fugitive true love epic. Kill some people, outrun the police, hide the bodies, and now we're safe...watch the sunset, fall in love, and go home. From the first time I heard this song at the soundcheck at T.C.U. (when was that?) I knew it had potential to develop into a hit. It has surpassed all expectations. Sounds like The Cure, which is a good thing.

Into the Ocean This song sounds like it comes straight out of early 80's nu wave (I mean that in the most complimentary way possible). You could sing the chorus to "The Promise" to this song and not miss a beat. A very oceanic feel, with south Pacific percussion, and washy wave sounds in the background, all it needs is a ukulele to complete the ensemble. There's a female voice singing backup, violin of course, and what sounds like a harp (?)

A very fun happy sounding song, with somber lyrics - common for Blue October songs.

A sad violin starts out What if We Could.....
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