My only gripe with this album is that the European version of "Foiled" comes with the "bonus" tracks Independently Happy and Chameleon Boy, at the expense of the hidden track at the end of this, the American release, I didn't realise this until too late, and I am considering selling my copy and buying the American version. I've not heard the hidden track, It's Just Me, but have only heard how great it is.
And while Independently Happy and Chameleon Boy are great tunes (IH is one of my favourite BO songs), they are taken straight from previous albums, "Consent to Treatment" and "History for Sale". Not much of a bonus, in my opinion...
For that reason alone, I'd suggest buying this, the American version - especially if you can get it for around the same price. Though you might not have their earlier albums before you buy this album, if you like "Foiled" you'll probably be unable to resist purchasing them, and you'll only end up with two redundant "bonus" tracks, as I have.
Whichever version of "Foiled" you buy though, you will be onto a winner. Justin Furstenfeld's vocals are drenched with emotion - and that's no hyperbole.
Furstenfeld sounds remarkably like Peter Gabriel, and it is the constancy of his singing which carries the band across the genres so sucessfully. Because of the similarity in their voices, it is hard not to make comparisons between Blue October and Peter Gabriel, suffice to say that if you like one you probably will like the other. Furstenfeld is, though, a lot more emotive than I've ever heard Gabriel.
If you're a fan of only one or two particular genres of music, then you'll probably still find at least one or two songs on here you'll like (even love!). But the eclectic nature of Foiled might well turn you off, as Blue October effortlessly run through a wide variety of styles.
It might sound then as if the album is disjointed. On the contrary, the whole thing holds up very well. Despite the disparate musical styles, the lyrical content is fairly similar, providing some sense of commoness. But it is, in my opinion, the vocals which hold the whole thing together.
I don't like labels. To label a group is to unfairly pigeonhole them, especially when the boundaries between genres is often very vague and blurred. I get the impression that Blue October aren't too worried about labels either. This is an album for those who like music, in all its shapes and forms.