Complete List Of Blue October Albums And Discography

Blue October Albums

A few years ago, one of my students asked me to play and sing at her wedding. She asked me to learn a Blue October song. I had never heard of the band before. The beauty of the song instantly blew me away. I soon became a big fan. Blue October was formed in 1995 in Houston, Texas. Fronted by Justin Furstenfeld as lead vocalist and songwriter, the band initially consisted of his brother Jeremy Furstenfeld on drums, Ryan Delahoussaye on violin and keyboards, and later, Matt Noveskey on bass.

They achieved mainstream success with their fourth studio album, “Foiled” (2006), featuring hits like “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean.” The band’s music, often dealing with themes of depression, drug abuse, and love, reflects Justin Furstenfeld’s personal experiences. Over the years, Blue October has released albums like “History for Sale” (2003), “Approaching Normal” (2009), and “Home” (2016), continually evolving their sound while retaining a loyal fan base. Despite internal challenges and Justin’s personal struggles, the band has persisted, known for their intense, theatrical live performances.

BLUE OCTOBER STUDIO ALBUMS

The Answers

Released January 1, 1998

The Answers, Blue October’s debut album, was released on January 1, 1998. The band, formed in Houston, Texas, features Justin Furstenfeld on lead vocals and guitar, Jeremy Furstenfeld on drums, Ryan Delahoussaye on violin and mandolin, and Matt Noveskey on bass. The Answers was produced by Justin Furstenfeld and recorded in Houston. The album showcases the band’s early sound, characterized by a mix of post-grunge and alternative rock, with a notable emphasis on lyrical depth and emotional intensity. Songs like “Black Orchid” and “Tomorrow” display the band’s raw energy and introspective songwriting, setting the stage for their future musical evolution.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Answer” – 5:56
  2. “Two A.M. Lovesick” – 3:08
  3. “The 21st” – 4:09
  4. “Breakfast After Ten” – 4:30
  5. “Italian Radio” – 3:51
  6. “For My Brother” – 5:27
  7. “Sweet and Somber Pigeon Wings” – 5:12
  8. “Weakness” – 4:55
  9. “Blue Sunshine” – 4:38
  10. “Mr. Blue’s Menu” – 3:24
  11. “Darkest Side of Houston’s Finest Day” – 4:13
  12. “Tomorrow” – 3:45
  13. “Black Orchid” – 6:09

Consent to Treatment

Released August 15, 2000

Consent to Treatment, released on August 15, 2000, is Blue October’s second studio album. The album was produced by Nick Launay and recorded at various locations. Consent to Treatment marked a step forward in the band’s sound, incorporating more polished production and expansive musical arrangements. The album features emotionally charged lyrics and dynamic instrumentation, with tracks like “H.R.S.A.” and “Independently Happy” exemplifying the band’s blend of alternative rock and post-grunge influences. The album further established Blue October as a band with a unique sound and deeply personal lyrical content.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Retarded Disfigured Clown” – 0:43
  2. “Independently Happy” – 4:55
  3. “James” – 4:30
  4. “H.R.S.A.” – 3:34
  5. “Breakfast After 10” – 4:29
  6. “Balance Beam” – 3:50
  7. “Holler” – 3:23
  8. “Schizophrenia” – 3:54
  9. “Drop” – 4:36
  10. “Conversation Via Radio (Do You Ever Wonder)” – 4:03
  11. “Angel” – 5:05
  12. “Libby I’m Listening” – 3:32

History for Sale

Released April 8, 2003

History for Sale, released on April 8, 2003, is the third studio album by Blue October. The band, with the core lineup of Justin and Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, and Matt Noveskey, recorded the album with producer David Castell. History for Sale showcases a mix of alternative rock, post-grunge, and experimental elements. The album features emotionally resonant tracks like “Calling You” and “Ugly Side,” highlighting Justin Furstenfeld’s introspective songwriting and the band’s evolving musical style. The album’s exploration of personal themes and its diverse sound palette contributed to its critical acclaim.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Ugly Side” – 4:21
  2. “Clumsy Card House” – 3:20
  3. “Razorblade” – 3:20
  4. “Calling You” – 3:59
  5. “Chameleon Boy” – 5:49
  6. “Sexual Powertrip (One Big Lie) Bla Bla” – 3:04
  7. “A Quiet Mind” – 4:09
  8. “3 Weeks, She Sleeps” – 1:47
  9. “Inner Glow” – 4:25
  10. “Somebody” – 3:23
  11. “Come in Closer” – 5:24
  12. “Amazing” – 6:15

Foiled

Released April 4, 2006

Foiled, released on April 4, 2006, is Blue October’s fourth studio album and one of their most commercially successful records. Produced by David Castell and Justin Furstenfeld, the album was recorded in Texas. Foiled features the band’s signature blend of rock, post-grunge, and electronic elements, with emotionally charged lyrics. The album includes hits like “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean,” which helped propel the band into mainstream recognition. The deeply personal and reflective nature of the songs, combined with the band’s dynamic musicality, made Foiled a critical and commercial success, earning it a Platinum certification.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “You Make Me Smile” – 4:20
  2. “She’s My Ride Home” – 4:41
  3. “Into the Ocean” – 4:00
  4. “What If We Could” – 4:03
  5. “Hate Me” – 6:20
  6. “Let It Go” – 4:03
  7. “Congratulations” (feat. Imogen Heap) – 4:01
  8. “Overweight” – 4:24
  9. “X-Amount of Words” – 4:14
  10. “Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek” – 4:25
  11. “Sound of Pulling Heaven Down” – 4:42
  12. “Everlasting Friend” – 4:05
  13. “18th Floor Balcony” – 4:32

Approaching Normal

Released March 24, 2009

Approaching Normal, released on March 24, 2009, is the fifth studio album by Blue October. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the album was recorded in various locations and features a more mainstream sound while retaining the band’s emotional depth. Approaching Normal includes tracks like “Dirt Room” and “Say It,” showcasing the band’s ability to blend alternative rock with post-grunge elements. The album’s exploration of mental health, relationships, and personal struggles resonated with fans, further establishing Blue October’s place in the alternative rock scene.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Weight of the World” – 4:05
  2. “Say It” – 3:38
  3. “Dirt Room” – 3:25
  4. “Been Down” – 4:19
  5. “My Never” – 3:46
  6. “Should Be Loved” – 4:02
  7. “Kangaroo Cry” – 4:55
  8. “Picking Up Pieces” – 4:22
  9. “Jump Rope” – 3:20
  10. “Blue Skies” – 3:43
  11. “Blue Does” – 3:27
  12. “The End” – 5:52

Any Man in America

Released August 16, 2011

Any Man in America, released on August 16, 2011, is Blue October’s sixth studio album. Produced by Tim Palmer and Justin Furstenfeld, the album was recorded in various studios, including Orb Studios in Austin, Texas. Any Man in America represents a thematic exploration of Furstenfeld’s personal experiences, particularly his divorce and the ensuing custody battle for his daughter. The album is characterized by its honest and raw lyrical content, blending elements of rock, electronic, and hip-hop. Tracks such as “The Feel Again (Stay)” and the title track “Any Man in America” highlight the band’s emotional depth and musical versatility.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Everything (AM Limbo)” – 0:54
  2. “The Feel Again (Stay)” – 6:00
  3. “The Money Tree” – 4:41
  4. “For the Love” – 4:45
  5. “Drama Everything” – 4:30
  6. “The Chills” – 3:34
  7. “The Flight (Lincoln to Minneapolis)” – 6:45
  8. “Any Man in America” – 6:25
  9. “You Waited Too Long” – 4:28
  10. “The Honesty” – 4:22
  11. “The Getting Over It Part” – 4:38
  12. “The Worry List” – 4:33
  13. “The Follow Through” – 6:10

Sway

Released August 20, 2013

Sway, released on August 20, 2013, is the seventh studio album by Blue October. Produced by Justin Furstenfeld and David Castell, the album was recorded at Fire Station Studios in San Marcos, Texas. Sway marked a shift towards a more positive and hopeful tone compared to their previous work. The album features a blend of alternative rock and indie pop, with songs like “Bleed Out” and “Sway” showcasing the band’s ability to craft uplifting melodies and introspective lyrics. Sway was received positively by fans and critics, praised for its emotional resonance and musical craftsmanship.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Breathe, It’s Over” – 1:03
  2. “Sway” – 4:47
  3. “Angels in Everything” – 4:24
  4. “Bleed Out” – 3:53
  5. “Debris” – 6:40
  6. “Fear” – 5:17
  7. “Things We Do at Night” – 4:55
  8. “Hard Candy” – 4:14
  9. “Put It In” – 4:20
  10. “Light You Up” – 4:19
  11. “Things We Don’t Know About” – 4:21
  12. “Not Broken Anymore” – 4:28
  13. “To Be” – 3:16

Home

Released April 22, 2016

Home, released on April 22, 2016, is the eighth studio album by Blue October. The album, produced by Justin Furstenfeld and Tim Palmer, was recorded at Fire Station Studios in San Marcos, Texas. Home continues the band’s exploration of more optimistic themes, blending alternative rock with pop sensibilities. The title track “Home” and songs like “I Want It” and “Coal Makes Diamonds” showcase the band’s continued evolution, featuring catchy hooks and heartfelt lyrics. The album reflects Furstenfeld’s personal growth and the band’s ability to navigate complex emotional landscapes with their music.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Coal Makes Diamonds” – 4:36
  2. “Driver” – 4:43
  3. “Heart Go Bang” – 3:55
  4. “I Want It” – 4:46
  5. “Home” – 4:16
  6. “We Know Where You Go” – 4:22
  7. “The Lucky One” – 4:37
  8. “Break Ground” – 4:09
  9. “Leave It in the Dressing Room (Shake It Up)” – 4:00
  10. “Houston Heights” – 3:42
  11. “Time Changes Everything” – 4:04
  12. “The Still” – 3:52

I Hope You’re Happy

Released August 17, 2018

I Hope You’re Happy, released on August 17, 2018, is Blue October’s ninth studio album. Produced by Justin Furstenfeld, the album was recorded at Up/Down Studios in Austin, Texas. This album further expands the band’s sonic palette, incorporating electronic and pop elements into their established alternative rock sound. The album includes tracks such as “I Hope You’re Happy” and “Daylight,” which blend upbeat rhythms with introspective lyrics, continuing the band’s trend towards more positive and hopeful messages. I Hope You’re Happy was praised for its lyrical sincerity and the band’s willingness to experiment with new musical directions.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Daylight” – 4:20
  2. “Your Love is Like a Car Crash” – 5:14
  3. “I Want to Come Back Home” – 4:53
  4. “I’ll Do Me, You Do You” – 4:57
  5. “I Hope You’re Happy” – 3:00
  6. “Colors Collide” – 4:12
  7. “Remission in Cmaj” – 1:29
  8. “How to Dance in Time” – 5:11
  9. “King” – 4:49
  10. “Let Forever Mean Forever” – 4:07
  11. “All That We Are” – 4:33
  12. “Further Dive (The House That Dylan Built)” – 6:03

This Is What I Live For

Released October 23, 2020

This Is What I Live For, released on October 23, 2020, is Blue October’s tenth studio album. Produced by Justin Furstenfeld and Eric Holtz, the album was recorded at Up/Down Studios in Austin, Texas. This record continues the band’s exploration of deeply personal and introspective themes, featuring a blend of melancholic melodies and introspective lyrics. The title track “This Is What I Live For” and songs like “Oh My My” exhibit the band’s signature emotive storytelling and musical depth. The album reflects the struggles and triumphs of Furstenfeld’s personal journey, resonating with fans who have followed the band’s evolution over the years.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “I Will Follow You” – 3:40
  2. “Completely” – 3:45
  3. “Stay with Me” – 3:48
  4. “The Weatherman” – 4:36
  5. “Who Do You Run From” – 3:16
  6. “Oh My My” – 4:08
  7. “Moving On (So Long)” – 3:33
  8. “I Will Follow You (Reprise)” – 3:40
  9. “Fight for Love” – 4:39
  10. “Only Lost Is Found” – 4:47
  11. “This Is What I Live For” (feat. Steve Schiltz) – 4:55

Spinning the Truth Around (Part 1)

Released 2022

CD Track Listings:

1. Spinning The Truth Around
2. The Shape of Your Heart
3. How Can you Love Me If You Dona? t Even Like Me
4. Dona? t Say It Wasna? t Love
5. Change
Where Did You Go Ia? m Less of a Mess These Days
7. The Kitchen Drawer
8. When Love Isna? t Good Enough
9. Trust You
10. The Girl Who Stole My Heart
11. Shut Up I Want You To Love Me
12. Big Love

Spinning the Truth Around (Part 2)

Released 2023

CD Track Listings:

1 Sideways
2 All I See Is You
3 Sobriety
4 Magic Isn’t Real
5 Leave Room for a Miracle
6 Last Look Moving Forward
7 Down Here Waiting
8 Goodbye to the Old Days
9 Slow Down
10 1222 Bay Oak Street
11 A Better Man
12 Down Here Waiting [Mark Needham Mix]
13 A Better Man [Brooklyn Mix]
14 The Flood

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