Release Date: 30th September 2013
Having consistently touched the upper reaches of the Billboard chart with previous releases, Blue October's stock is sure to rise in Europe with the imminent release of their excellent seventh recorded set.
There is indeed much to savour here, evocative soundscapes, sparse and hypnotic arrangements, well-crafted words and passionately delivered vocals.
Delving into their back catalogue, there is a clear progression though successive releases, with this latest work benefiting from strong songs and an enticing ebb and flow of mood and tempo. From the catchy REM-like 'Angels In Everything' to the almost Musey 'Put It In'.
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Sure, there a good few 'lighters in the air' anthems, like 'Bleed Out' that play with the best of them. However, for me, the Blue men are most likely to sway the unfamiliar or uninitiated with the moving melancholy of 'Debris' or the yearning 'Things We Don't Know About'.
So a fine album of contrasts, shades and hues which on repeated listens reveals a positive and uplifting vibe, as best evoked in the sublime 'Not Broken Anymore', which should sound fabulous in a live setting.
The good news is that, almost three years to the day of their last gig in the capital, Blue October will the gracing the boards of the Camden Koko on Tuesday 19th November. A deserved step-up in venue size, given the strength of the new material and Gothic lustre of the Koko will no doubt lend further ambiance to what should be a great evening.
Other dates include Birmingham Institute (17/11) and Manchester Academy (18/11).