Sound — 10
Brilliant, simply brilliant, art-rock from the Texas desert that should forever alter the pop music scene and make it safe again for bands with intelligence and passion to ride the top of the charts. BLUE OCTOBER has masterfully blended progressive-rock, ala GENESIS and MARILLION, with Alternative Country elements and a Violin sound so smooth that KANSAS in their heyday couldn't have managed the blend.
Lyrics — 10
For those who are not easily impressed with the quality of rock lyrics should find BLUE OCTOBER a gem in a sea of sandy, meaningless babble. Each lyrical passage is perfectly measured for maximum impact, each syllable is attacked, caressed or coaxed as needed to leave the final result some of the best poetry set to music that has emerged from popular music in twenty years.
Overall Impression — 10
There is so much here to recommend the disc for nearly anyone who has a desire to hear any brand of rock music but the power of two numbers in particular would have been enough to float the whole album. "Holler" is a semi-metallic blast that is destined to take tens of thousands of three-minute bites out of rock radio airtime nationwide. The violin/guitar mix is nothing short of genius and promises to wring every once of sweat out of the band and audience when performed live. One can only hope that they leave "Holler" 'till the end of the set because all energy will certainly be drained by songs end. "James" sounds so close to something that Peter Gabriel would do that when I first heard it I actually thought it was him. The biggest betrayal that it was not was with the heaviness of the guitars. By disc's end BLUE OCTOBER has guided the listener though the catacombs of the mind and heart reminding us all how it is to feel music as well as to hear it.