Foiled Review

artist: Blue October date: 02/09/2009 category: compact discs
Blue October: Foiled
Release Date: Apr 4, 2006
Label: Universal
Genres: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Grunge
Number Of Tracks: 13
Foiled keeps true to the eclectic mix of passionately delivered post-grunge that has built the band a core of loyal fans over the years.
 Sound: 9.8
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 10
Foiled Reviewed by: unregistered, on april 28, 2006
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sound: Not having heard anything prior to this album, it honestly sounds to me like a better version of Dave Mathews Band. That's a good thing though because I never really got into DMB. The bass, drums, and guitars were very well put together and really shine in this album. When I first heard "Hate Me" I knew I had to go and pick this record up and I wasn't the least bit disappointed. // 10

Lyrics: Justin has a lot to tell you in this album. The lyrics are probably the most innovative and original that have been released recently. I was very impressed that he could write incredible lyrics for every song on the album, and so it seems not a lot of bands can do that now. Justin's voice at times sounds like the calibur of Dave Mathews Band, and when he screams sounds completely original. // 10

Overall Impression: I haven't heard Blue October's other albums (yet) but to me this album does the trick. My favorite songs on the album are probably You Make Me Smile, Hate Me, She's My Ride Home, Into the Ocean, and Let It Go. The entire album is worth listening to unconditionally. If you like Dave Mathews Band with a little more oomph, Foiled will be your choice. I probably won't lose this album since it is on my Ipod. But I would buy it again if indeed it did get stolen. // 10

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overall: 9.3
Foiled Reviewed by: Truth Seeker, on july 15, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: It's a pity that this is the first Blue October that I managed to pick up. Upon hearing the exquisite first single, "Hate Me" (oh, how I love that song), I knew I wanted to pick up the rest of the album. I am very glad I did. The sound on this disc is extremely eclectic, with styles that very from song to song. It goes from "Overweight" which is oddly reminscient of the Barenaked Ladies, to a heavy rock song with "Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek" to even the techno sounding "X-Amount of Words." This ecentricity is welcome, and make it even more engaging to the listener--after all, who wants to listen to the same song over and over again? // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics here are kind of different than the cliches that are used in many songs. I don't think there are many other bands who would use lines about "playing movies in my head that make a porno feel like home" or drilling wires through someone's cheek. This is very interesting. It kind of brings a fresher outlook on some things that have been horribly cliched, which are offset by some haunting, and also enchanting vocals from lead singer Justin. Although, there are some lyrics that make you ask why he used them, as a whole, it works. // 9

Overall Impression: What I love about this album is its ability to standout amongst other albums that I own. The sound on this album is really unique, and even that differs on the album. There is a violinist in the band, something one doesn't see every day in this modern world of rock music. It is great, and is good music to just relax to, or even just to think. It also stands out lyrically with approaches that one doesn't normally think of. It all works together to create a solid piece of work, and if it got stolen, or (Heaven Forbid) lost, I would immeadiately go out and buy it again. // 9

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overall: 8.7
Foiled Reviewed by: american0, on july 29, 2006
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Sound: This album makes me think it was written over a long period of time. It's like one day he's happy, one day he's down and then another day everybody pisses him off. Other than that the sound is nice. Blue October uses synths and violins and probably has a mixer on stage. It's edited well and everything fits. The singers voice is very interesting to listen to and you can really hear his emotions come through in the music. If you only know of Blue October through "Hate Me", you might not like everything the cd has to offer so just preview first before you waste your money. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics remind me of "Death Cab" because they are very unique and there are lots of metaphors and similes that make you wonder how he came up with it. The album has lots of themes, from love and about faith in life to getting through hard times and redemption. The lyrics sound like they go well with the riffs and the verses don't seem out of place, but there is a lot of soft songs and some are really dark while others are kind of poppy and upbeat. Overall the lyrics are enjoyble. // 7

Overall Impression: Foiled comes across as a relatively soft album. I hadn't heard of Blue October before "Hate Me". I loved that so I went out and bought it. When I first listened to it I was surprised because the sound was very different from "Hate Me". I still liked it though because the songs are soft and kind of bluesy. My favorites are "Let it Go", "What If We Could", and "Into the ocean". There is one really bad song called "Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek", I hated it. Otherwise, If this album was destroyed in a freak explosion I would definitely go back out and buy it. // 9

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overall: 9.7
Foiled Reviewed by: jmpullen, on february 09, 2009
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Sound: There are several things about Blue October that I like alot. One is the fact that they experiment with all sorts of genre's, styles, techniques, all the while still retining a really clear direction, their creativity never gets the best of them, leading the band to put out a record of pure unadulterated chaos. They have discovered a sound, and they use it to their advantage on this record. On songs like 'You Make Me Smile' and 'Into The Ocean' the guitar seems to take a backseat to the drums and bass, and yet it still seems very powerful. The bass and drums are phenomenal, and they never overpower any of the other instruments. There are some delicate keyboard parts on 'Into The Ocean' that melodically guide the song through the verses. There are other songs, like 'Hate Me' and 'Sound Of Pulling Heaven Down' Rely on the acoutic guitar to carry the song, especially the former. Most of the songs feature acoustic guitar work, however. that's not to say that some of the angst-ridden rock isn't still in evidence. The song 'Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek' features a Nine Inch Nails-esque chorus. Other songs, like 'X-Amount Of Words', feature a very NIN style background, and this song in particular features a very techno-esque bass line. A good deal of the songs also feature a sample of the chorus of 'Calling You', a song which (I believe) was recorded for a previous album. The band presents a very cohesive front on this record. For some the album may drag, because most of the sogns are slower tempo, but this is easy to forget, mainly becuase the songs are so touching and personal. I'd give it a 10 if the jazzy guitar styles didn't conflict with some of the more rock-oriented tunes. // 9

Lyrics: I love Justin's voice. He's so emotional and sincere. it's impossible to listen to song's like 'Hate Me' and 'You Make Me Smile' without feeling some emotion. 'Hate Me', an acoustic ballad written for his mother, tells about pushing someone away, just for their own good. Justin is a very capable singer. He may not have the best voice, but his gravelly tones fit very well with the rest of the music. In 'Drilled A Wire... ' he changes effortlessly from a breathy Trent Reznot tone, to a very mocking, self-assured tone for the chorus. This fits the mood of the song very well. Sometimes the lyrics tend to get a bit tedious, but these moments never last long. They are always very personal and exposed, and Justin has the voice to pull off the lyrics without sounding forced or cliched. // 10

Overall Impression: The music and lyrics tend to remind of groups like Alan Parsons Project, Pink Floyd, The Fray and Nine Inch Nails. I'm a huge fan of all of these except the first. The best songs on the album for me are 'You Make Me Smile', 'Drilled A Wire... ', Into the Ocean' and 'X-Amount Of Words'. My favorite thing about the whole album is the blend of Justin's voice with the rest of the music. I like the way the record juxtaposes jazzy guitar lines with emotional lyrics. On the otehr hand, sometimes those same guitar lines feel like they would be better suited to a piano. I would definitely buy this again if it was stolen. // 10

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