Blue October
History for Sale


4.0
excellent

Review

by Porter W. Richards USER (62 Reviews)
June 18th, 2007 | 12 replies | 8,399 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fusing many styles and instruments History for Sale is a great album that was sadly looked over. It's a must-buy for any rock fan with it's diverse selection of songs that venture from metal to pop.

Back when I lived in Houston, Blue October played at all the big concerts in Houston; Buzzfest, Lollapallooza, etc. Every now and then when I was at one of these concerts I'd venture over to the side stage and end up listening to bands like Blue October or Dexter Freebish, who were all native to Houston and managed to end up on a sidestage at all the big concerts. These bands were huge in Houston; and while Dexter Freebish was rather boring and unoriginal, I always ended up venturing over towards whatever stage Blue October was playing. They didn't get much radio play, our radio station 94.5 The Buzz would promote their concerts, but wouldn't play much of their music; but I couldn't understand why. At the time, Blue October was coming off of their first release, Consent to Treatment; and I thought their songs were wonderfully unique.

While Consent to Treatment was good, it was a bit immature and at times winding endlessly. But in 2003, Blue October released History For Sale; an album full of heavy emotions, dreary memories, and pure creatitivity. This album hit Houston by storm; as Calling You took Texas radio over. Suddenly, I was a huge Blue October fan.

Ugly Side opens up the album with a creepy, eerie feel of lost hope that is carried with guitars, keyboards, and an occasional xylophone. Clumsy Card House is a trippy, electronica filled ballad that is portrayed with acoustic guitars and not much else. Razorblade is the raw, full out anger that Blue October lacks nowadays; the song is hard, loud, filled with strong, noisy guitars, and the lead singer, Justin Furstenfeld manages to top out his vocal range pretty easily.

Then of course there's the pop rock Calling You; which happens to be a prequel to the hit song off of Foiled, Hate Me. And, while Chameleon Boy tries to be special with it's touching lyrics, the song lacks because, quite frankly; it's boring. Sexual Powership (One Big Lie) Bla Bla is another powerful anger trip showing Blue October's harder rock side. The next two tracks seem to flow together, and they're not really that special because they're shallow, and boring. Even though the instruments in 3 Weeks, She Sleeps are varied with violins, xylophones, and keyboards getting equal airtime; the song is just rather forgettable. Inner Glow is a heartfelt plea that manages to be unique, while sounding remarkably mainstream. I just feel as if i'm in an Alice in Wonderland novel when I listen to it; it's so dreamy and wonderful. The lyrics basically trashing bands who 'sell out'; which is a good thing to hear because I'd be heartbroken if Blue October sold out. Somebody borders on Metal with it's distorted vocals, fuzzy guitars, and strong drums; and Come In Closer manages to finish off History for Sale in style as the piano solos mix well with the keyboards; and Justin's voice is as perfect as ever.

History for Sale was a masterpiece lost in translation. The poor production, a few weak songs, and all in all it's lack of advertising just pulls away from this album. So many good songs that were just lost. Maybe I'm just lucky I grew up in Houston; but I don't know, all I do know is that any of Blue October's albums are a must-buy because you won't find another band that is as unique, appealing, easy to get into as Blue October.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iai
Emeritus
June 18th 2007


3553 Comments


I'm finding it so odd that all these bands that my ex-girlfriend played me are getting good reviews on here.

Good review, but what I've heard of this band slots rather too snugly next to stuff like The Riddlin' Kids and Feeling Left Out, and that's NOT a good thing.

tribestros
June 18th 2007


918 Comments


They're a really, really good band.

Trust me.

MeowMeow
June 18th 2007


662 Comments


My girlfriend made me listen to Foiled. It's decent for what it is, but nothing that would make me check this band out any further.

Iai
Emeritus
June 18th 2007


3553 Comments


Hah, they're a girlfriend band. Dave Matthews-style success awaits.

I just realised, the one track she insisted on sending me was "Calling You", which you slate. I originally thought it'd be a Jeveeta Steele cover, the song Erasure and Jeff Buckley both did later on. That's encouraging, at least.

tribestros
June 18th 2007


918 Comments


Foiled was alright. History for Sale is great.

At least give it a chance. Calling You isn't that good.

MeowMeow
June 18th 2007


662 Comments


Hah, they're a girlfriend band. Dave Matthews-style success awaits.

lol

Is Calling You that one that goes "I can't believe you picked me" or something like that?

The Sludge
June 18th 2007


2169 Comments


Calling You is a pretty good song, though don't think I'll look into this any further. I didn't like Foiled much at all.

tribestros
June 18th 2007


918 Comments


Yes.

Calling You is the "i can't believe you picked me" song.

mothergoose
August 20th 2009


308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The live version of Ugly Side is excellent. Inner Glow is also a good song, for as radio-friendly as it is. This band fits into my "guilty pleasure" category.

joesmoe4000
April 26th 2010


370 Comments


this is great the only album by them that i enjoy.


YouGotLucky
September 11th 2011


946 Comments


This album is awesome. Passionate heartfelt lyrics, tasty riffs, and emotionally fueled songs. Really varied album.

MosesMalone
December 16th 2013


1836 Comments


These guys are from Houston? Well I'll be damned. No wonder nobody takes our scene seriously.



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