Blue October is a favorite band since their third album History for Sale. However, it was on the subsequent album Foiled as they reached greatest success including the singles "Hate Me" and "Into the Ocean". The band sold over one million physical copies, which today seems like an astronomical sum.
After that, they have been difficult for them to reach the same popularity and unfortunately they just did another album on Universal Records in Approaching Normal, which came out of 2009. However, the band has continued delivering good music and in 2011 came the very personal album, Any Man in America. It revolved much around frontman Justin Furstenfeld's divorce and custody battle over his daughter, which of course had very personal lyrics. A good collection of songs, but the production was too pop-oriented for my taste as it took away too much of the severity of the message.
The band is now back with Sway an album that was financed through a PledgeMusic campaign. It feels to me like the band really sat down and thought about what they stand for and what made them great. The band has really got back to their roots here and delivers an album in the same class as Foiled. It is quieter than before, but the atmosphere and the composition of the songs is brilliant like a beautiful autumn day. It is sentimental, a little sad, but always with a warmth which makes Sway to a unique entity, which I missed on their last album.
Favorite track is "Sway", "Bleed Out" and "Fear," but you will find many more quality tracks on this well-made album!