"It's great to know that my heart is available for other people," Justin Furstenfeld says on the last song on Blue October's "Foiled."
"It's great to know that my heart is available for other people," Justin Furstenfeld says on the last song on Blue October's "Foiled." The sentiment applies to the whole record, for he throws his soul wide open on every track, leaving no demon unchecked. The lead singer/songwriter frames accounts of mental illness, addiction and heartache with rock structures, progressive motifs and pop flares that are beguiling and intelligent. The most immediate comparision is Peter Gabriel, due to Justin's vocal qualities and the record's varied atmospheres. Equally commended are Jeremy Furstenfeld (Justin's sibling), Ryan Delahoussaye, CB Hudson and Matt Noveskey for their writing contributions and deft performances. "Hate Me" is an earnest, soaring wish that a former lover recovers from the devastation a relationship wreaked upon her, while '80s synth pop and a sing-song-y melody disguise the suicidal intent of "Into the Ocean." The band takes a Depeche Mode turn during "X Amount of Words," then describes bipolar disorder with bluesy bass, mild psychedelics and grating guitar on "Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek." -- Christa L. Titus