Blue October

Any Man in America

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Blue October's sixth studio album, Any Man in America, continues the Texas-based, alternative rock outfit’s transition from radio-ready, post-grunge act to stadium-sized synth rockers with an unabashed flair for the melodramatic. Slick, angry, and maniacally overproduced, Any Man in America is about as subtle as a court summons. Recently divorced lead singer/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld has no qualms about putting his domestic problems on display, and while heartache and ruin are well-worn rock & roll topics, self-indulgence works best when tempered with hooks, something Furstenfeld seems to have left at the crime scene. Through 13 turgid, uncomfortable slabs of icy, keyboard-driven, modern rock, he rages against the machine (both figuratively and literally) until every inch of his relationship's corpse has been exhumed. Despite a few engaging cuts, most notably the first single, “The Chills,” Any Man in America is as miserable to listen to as it must have been to experience.

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