Reviewed! Blue October - Sway
Beginning with the all-too-short “Breathe, It’s Over,” a haunting harbinger of things to come and perfect segue to the album’s title track, Sway boasts a number of moments that seem all too familiar (“Angels In Everything,” “Bleed Out”), though there are instances in which the band step outside their comfort zone, such as the electro-fueled “Light You Up,” the grungy, cocksure bravado of "Hard Candy," and the all-too-enjoyable instrumental closing track "To Be," instances that ultimately save Sway from the lurch. “Not Broken Anymore” stands as a highlight moment on Sway, a penultimate track that effectively uses subtle string arrangements to enhance the overarching emotion of the track, causing it to stand out above the rest of the album.
With Sway, the band has gone back to the very same well that has allowed them to exist for seven full lengths, though it’s fairly hard to judge if this is the band merely returning to the status quo or if this is actually the start of something good. There’s growth here sure, but just how much is surely an arguable point.
Go Download: “Light You Up”