Week's Worst: Blue October

By Chris Parker
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To be honest, I didn’t even like Blue October back in the ‘90s when they were called Live. With all the self-indulgent histrionics, at first I thought Tenacious D was taking a stab at modern rock. Then I wondered why singer Justin Furstenfeld wasn’t on medication or in group therapy with Aaron Lewis and Scott Stapp, other drama queens who sing like they’re holding back a giant dump. He’s obviously anguished, but metaphors this tortured are against the Geneva Convention. Certainly when someone expresses this much self-loathing you question whether they know something you don’t. Then again, it could be guilt for creating atmospheric rock pablum generic enough to make Snow Patrol sound distinctive. This is music for the kind of sheeple that consider Sizzler haute cuisine.

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1. canuckbunny said... on Apr 13, 2010 at 07:08AM

“Just wondering what kind of music do you listen too?. You have no idea what real music sounds like. Lulled by the music industry driven drivel that fills the airwaves, hypnotizing you into thinking thats what music sounds like?
Blue Octobers unparalled talent musically and lyrically is far beyond anything you can possibly absorb. The depth and power of the music, the message is definetly above your ears, perhaps time to clean them out?
The majority of todays music is lightweight and poorly done. Focuses on the size of her booty, how it moves, and what he wants to do with it yes thats really important and we certainly don't want to talk or sing about important and deep issues do we ?
Those of us who appreciate real words, real music,real life, know better and then we look to Blue October and we are fulfilled, they are everything that music should be.
Poorly done review,someone who hasnt listened to Blue October at all is obvious.”

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2. itsjustme said... on Apr 13, 2010 at 07:29AM

“I respectfully disagree with this article. Blue October is there for the thousand upon thousands of people who need someone to say the things they can't say out loud. Blue October has saved so many lives and will continue to do so despite horrible articles like this! The things they sing about are REAL despite the fact that people don't like to talk about them because they are uncomfortable or because they have no clue what it feels like to go through them. I am forever grateful for this band and the impact they have made on my life.”

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3. EverlastingFriend said... on Apr 13, 2010 at 07:38AM

“I completely agree with "itsjustme" Blue October connects with everyone in some way. They bring attention to very important issues that impact all of us in some way or another. It takes courage and strength to put your feelings out there for all to see. I am also forever grateful for them for helping me realize that we are not alone. Everyone is entitled to there opinion and this is mine. They are truely inspirational to people that are going through things that "normal" people supposedly don't go through...none of us are "normal" just better at hiding things thank others.”

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4. blueaddict said... on Apr 15, 2010 at 08:22AM

“Blue October is the only band I really feel satisfied listening to. Popular music out there right now is void of anything real. Not everyone wants to listen to empty, ridiculous one liners, repeated over and over again with no meaning behind it. Blue October offers listeners such a wide variety of genre inspired sounds, something of substance you can pour your heart and mind into, open honesty that as the others have stated, the masses do not want to think about. So go about your sparkly sunny day, and don't look over here on your way by...but by all means, don't criticize music you know nothing about. Justin's voice is captivating, his words are spiritual to thousands of people whose lives have been changed and touched by them. People wear his words on their skin. And Ryan is a multi-talented musician, so far beyond what people call "musicians" today. And the band supports an amazing cause with heart felt sincerity, so this review is garbage to me.”

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5. Anonymous said... on Apr 15, 2010 at 08:30AM

“generic????hardly”

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6. berri said... on Apr 15, 2010 at 08:51AM

“As everyone else has said, I am going to have STRONGLY, but respectfully, disagree with this article. Of course one of the most wonderful things about music is that it is subjective, and every one perceives it in their own way, so disagreements such as this are bound to come up. I think the reason you may see so much passion against you in these comments is that to many, many, MANY, people, Justin's "self-indulgent histrionics" have helped to change, improve, and in many instances SAVE their lives. Not everyone is so talented that they can get out their emotions in song, or poetry, at least not as eloquently as Justin is able to. It is a blessing that we have an artist who has been through the ringer in life, with mental disease (he IS on medication, as a matter of fact, and helps to encourage many people who are afraid to admit the torment in their head to face it and get help for themselves as well) and drug addiction, who can give us a vehicle to get our own emotions out.”

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7. BlueSavesMe said... on Apr 15, 2010 at 09:03AM

“I am very disappointed that the Philadelphia show was reviewed this way. It was a special experience for me. For those of us who suffer from mental illness, these lyrics are the words pouring from our souls and the thoughts running through our heads. When we hear the music, it heals us and shows us that we are not alone in what we are facing. Justin is a true advocate for mental health awareness because he lives what he sings. None of it is false or self-indulgent. Blue October is not about making hit records or gaining fame. They're about speaking the truth and going forward in your life no matter what the obstacles or how many times you fall. Their live show is full of passion and purpose, layered with talent and hope. And in person these 5 men are so down-to-earth and REAL, that you can't help but admire them even more. I had the best weekend of my life at the Blue October concerts. And will never stop loving them.”

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8. Brittany said... on Apr 15, 2010 at 12:05PM

“someone who completely misses the value of this bands message, artistic talent, and deep emotional impact should consider if "critiquing" music is the job for them..... but as justin says "if you don't like me, move along, this isn't for you" =)”

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9. Anonymous said... on May 31, 2010 at 01:24AM

“Just one thing to say to this ignorant, close minded prick. FUCK OFF!”

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10. Quiet Mind said... on Jul 14, 2010 at 10:30PM

“"We're a tight-knit family that reaches out to a certain type of audience that might not wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and go 'I feel great about myself!'" -Justin Furstenfeld

It's an amazing thing when you listen to a song and actually feel connected to the lyrics, and know that the singer spitting out the words is honestly, emotionally invested in them.

When I listen to Blue October, I get that feeling.

Reading this interview, I can tell the writer doesn't. I can tell they don't understand Blue October or their lyrics because he/she has never felt anything remotely close to the things they sing about. But, again, "[Blue October] are trying to just speak to that certain person out there that might not be feeling as good about themselves so we don't feel so alone, and they don't feel so alone (Furstenfeld)"

Just because you don't understand it, doesn't mean no one else does and it doesn't mean they don't help thousands of people through their poetic music.”

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11. Anonymous said... on Aug 6, 2010 at 10:01AM

“Everyone likes their own type of music. If all you commenters enjoy Blue October, good for you! Here's the problem I have with them: they are not special! You fans talk about them as if no other band can live up to their standard. Many people have this same feeling of belonging and family with different bands. You people aren't the only ones. It's not because the music is so amazing. Just because I don't enjoy it doesn't mean I don't get it. We all know what it's like to be touched by a song. To hear lyrics and feel as if they were written for us. That isn't unique to Blue and the masses aren't missing out for not liking their music. Be happy that your mid level band seems to be dedicated to you, their fans. Just stop acting like opposing opinions are wrong. Everyone has different taste in music. Blue October isn't super popular because most of us just don't like the sound. It's not because we can't connect to a song.”

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12. Alex said... on Sep 4, 2010 at 12:53PM

“Its OK not to like a band, I know there's good bands out there that are not for my taste. You could say you don't like Blue October and it would be fine, but most things in this article evidence the ignorance of the writer. While there are aspects of the band that could be criticized, this guy failed to name one, and yet all the things he criticized about Blue October are the things that actually make them a great band; they are original, have complex intelligent lyrics with great metaphors and Furstenfeld is capable of transmitting true human emotions through the music. Great artists!”

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13. Alex said... on Sep 4, 2010 at 12:56PM

“One more thing for Chris Parker: I know this job pays your bills but if you are true to what you do, you should consider either elevating your music knowledge or changing jobs.”

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14. Anonymous said... on Oct 25, 2010 at 08:44PM

“Alex, in your opinion they are a great band. They play little venues because most people disagree with you, myself included. If they were as great as you feel they are, I wouldn't be able to buy a ticket for $20 at the door 5 minutes before the show. It's wonderful that you enjoy them, but you are in no position to question anyone's music knowledge. That is what bothers me so much about Blue October fans. You people enjoy the music and that should be enough for you.”

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15. Lynne said... on Jun 10, 2011 at 06:33PM

“Anonymous, love hat you didn't use your real name, or even a made up one to distinguish youself. Real balls there, man. I have to say you are wrong when you say that Blue October is not special. In fact, they are. I have not come across a band close to them. They play a range of music & each song is played with more passion and talent than almost every other band I have come across. So to their fans, they ARE special. We aren't saying so much that not liking Blue October is wrong, but to bash them so harshly when obviously you haven't even listened to more than A song, well that, sir, is wrong. And by the way, I'm curious to know how you bought a ticket for their show, at the door, 5 minutes before the show? As far as i knew tickets sold out for Philly really fast and some people had to pay double, or triple the price to get into their latest show, after they officialy sold out.”

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16. Lynne said... on Jun 10, 2011 at 06:36PM

“oh and Chris Parker... i though "journalists" or whatever you want to call yourself, are supposed to be objective when reviewing a band, show, book etc? Why would you start by saying you never liked the band in the first place? Obviously whoever gave you this assignment picked the wrong persn, because you already went into this thinking "I don't even like them". Bad job!!!”

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17. ChrisMW said... on Dec 16, 2012 at 06:52PM

“Wow....someone needs a hug. WTF is this drivel?”

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18. Anonymous said... on Aug 24, 2013 at 12:12PM

“This guy is obviously a Brittany Spears fan”

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