Blue October
Approaching Normal


4.5
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Review

by squall7 USER (3 Reviews)
March 26th, 2009 | 34 replies | 11,400 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An eclectic mix of happy, sad, heartbroken, vengeful, confused, and even a bit of politics rolled up into one album and presented to your lucky ears to hear. This album goes to show that Blue October, after five albums, can still sound great without sacri

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Every album Blue October releases seems to have its own underlying mood or theme. This album seems to take on less about Justin's own struggles and he goes on more about issues that your "normal" person can relate to. Thus the name, and although it feels like a different direction than we are used to, Blue fans won't be disappointed.

The first track Weight of the World is already a favorite among Blue fans before release, and it kicks the off the track with the Blue October we know and love. But the next two tracks are my least two favorite on the whole album. Say It and Dirt Room, both meant to be radio hits, are necessary unfortunately, but it's going to sound like your standard rock song that may or may not be a hit on the radio. Either way, I doubt either of these songs will meet the success of Hate Me.

It's fine though, because Blue October's creativity is allowed to shine for most the rest of the album. Been Down, Should Be Loved, and My Never are the love songs of this album, and they are three of my favorites. For someone who can only stand so many love songs...these are amazing. My Never is a slower track, accompanied by Ryan's violin and an acoustic guitar playing throughout. Been Down is one of my favorites, taking on a more serious tone but still having that somber feeling. Should Be Loved is an upbeat song, and one I can see being a live favorite.

Picking Up Pieces and Kangaroo Cry follow the same serious tone as Been Down. Kangaroo Cry has a political message in it...something unfamiliar to their music. I can't help but to think of Been Down every time I hear Picking Up Pieces, and sometimes find myself confusing the two...but this is still a very amazing song about struggling with yourself and wondering how long this has to go on.

Jump Rope, Blue Skies, and Blue Does all seem to be inspired by Justin's daughter Blue. Jump Rope talks about the ups and downs of life, and Blue Skies is a sort of redemption for Justin, sparked by his daughter. These are two of the happiest songs I've heard him song, and both are different and very welcome. I can understand a few people being annoyed with Jump Rope, it does feel like its aimed more towards children. But any true Blue fan will find their joy in it. Blue Does is a lullaby for his daughter, and while I enjoyed listening to it, it wasn't one of my favorites. It's a great track, and listening to Ryan sing with Justin is great, but it ages quicker than the others.

Graceful Dancing (on the edited version) is well suited for a final track for those who don't like bad words. It ends the album on a very happy, somber note. However, the explicit version will find themselves listening to one of Blue's most intense songs. Hearing Justin vocalize a fantasy about busting in on his ex and her new lover only to kill everyone sent chills down my spine. And the first 3 minutes I was skeptical, but it came together at the end. The End is my favorite closing track yet, and it's strange to hear a happy album end on such a violent note, while all his other albums ended with slower songs.

Some might complain that Blue October is inconsistent with what they want to play, like they can't figure out what kind of band they are. I can't understand this complaint because I really don't know who would want all their songs to sound the same. One of their strongest traits is that they write about a wide spectrum of subjects, and all moods, from violent, to very happy, to heartbroken, to confused, are all addressed in this 12 track album. So while all the other bands are struggling to come out with songs that go with their usually MO, Blue October will have no problem releasing songs because they address everything, and that's why I'm hopeful that The End won't be their last track.


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Merkaba33
March 26th 2009



702 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

So I'm seein these guys tonight against my will. But ya know when your friend is payin, what the hell. The only song I've liked is "into the ocean".

Zippermouth2
March 26th 2009



33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

can still sound great without sacri

...fice.

Merkaba33
March 26th 2009



702 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I can't understand this complaint because I really don't know who would want all their songs to sound the same.

Sometimes though if a band can find their own distinct sound they can make all their songs sound similar but not exactly the same. I think these ppl want Blue Otcobert to find their niche. I don't like this album at all. Good review though.

marksellsuswallets
March 26th 2009



4848 Comments


I didn't really like any of the songs on here, didn't expect much from it either.

Zippermouth2
March 27th 2009



33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Actually a couple of the songs are pretty decent.
The End gives me the chills and not in a good way.

rebekah
March 27th 2009



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Although no where close to Foiled or History for Sale, Approaching Normal is still very poetical filled with deep feelings battling two major emotions: the joy and wonderment of having a child and the other is the dissapointments and struggles of love. I love it. Most fans love this band for their lyrics...Approaching Normal doesn't dissapoint.

Zippermouth2
March 27th 2009



33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^ If you're into long and self-indulgent comments, please just write a sound off.

Merkaba33
March 27th 2009



702 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

As I mentioned above I'm not too into this band besides one or two songs. I met the lead singer last night though and he's a very chill guy. He stayed and talked with my friends for a good 20-30 minutes. Too bad most of his fans are fat 40 year old goth chicks on the verge of suicide.

LiveForMusic
March 29th 2009



64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think I like this CD. I'm not positive though.


Knott-
Emeritus
May 7th 2009



10194 Comments


I think I really like this album...so it's melodramatic at times and fairly derivative, I don't know, it just sounds really sincere. Kangaroo Cry and Should Be Loved are great. Guilty pleasure, I guess, although I don't fully understand why these guys aren't slightly more popular.

LiveForMusic
June 3rd 2009



64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just kidding, I don't like this.

imperfecktion
July 23rd 2009



11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I am dissapointed with approaching normal.
The music on this album was bland. the singing was average.
I can see where they were trying to go with this album, but they fell far short of what they were trying to achieve. most of these songs plain annoy me.
weight of the world being the only exception.

Knott-
Emeritus
July 23rd 2009



10194 Comments


How can Weight Of The World be the only song that doesn't annoy you, it's the most irritating song this side of forever.

Album rules, too. Tssk.

Onubin
September 14th 2009



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love Blue October. I love screaming thier songs on the way to work and relaxing to them on a day off. Haven't done that since 1995 when pumpkins' released mellon collie.

qwe
September 14th 2009



302 Comments


band name is pretty crap

weareshadenow
September 15th 2009



175 Comments


there is no such thing as pretty crap

Parallels
December 7th 2009



6640 Comments


this album is pretty crappy. fixed it for ya

Zip
August 29th 2010



5312 Comments


The End is the creepiest fucking song

Asiatic667
August 29th 2010



4648 Comments


Hate me now is a gay song is it on here? No.

Well it sucks, regardless

Romulus
August 29th 2010



8413 Comments


hate hate this band



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