History for Sale [PA] - CD
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"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.Read more ›
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?
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cd came out long before I was introduced to the band and I did not live in their area. After looking up their discography I was happy to hear that they had more music from... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica Scullion
I have most of blue october's cd's but for some reason, my most favorite "history for sale" is among the missing! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have listened to and followed this band for many years. These earlier albums were just the stepping stones while they cut their teeth into the music business. Love it!Published 6 months ago by Fatima Cruz