Favorite

CD Review: Blue October 

Any Man in America (Up/Down)

Everything's a big deal to Justin Furstenfeld. So it wasn't much of a shock when Blue October canceled a tour a couple of years ago following the frontman's panic attack. Since then, his marriage fell apart and he was derailed by a bitter custody battle. So you can imagine the anxiety levels on the Houston group's seventh album. "I see the world keep moving as I stumble," he sings on the six-minute "The Feel Again (Stay)" near the start of Any Man in America. And for the next hour, Furstenfeld opens the wounds of a lacerated relationship looking for some sort of healing. Piano ballads, epic production, and Furstenfeld's torn voice (which recalls a stressed-out Peter Gabriel) guide overwrought songs like "The Chill" and "The Worry List." The fifth song, "Drama Everything," pretty much sums it up. — Michael Gallucci

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Jake the Snake Roberts @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Tue., Sept. 27
  • Mark Normand @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Wed., Sept. 28
  • Don "DC" Curry @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Thu., Sept. 29

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation