It is never a question of quality when Blue October releases a new album. You know it's going to be really, really good, but it's always a little excited to see what musical direction the band has gone.
The predecessor Sway was a return to their roots compares with the pop-oriented Any Man in America, which in my opinion was somewhat a disappointment. This latest album Home feels like a mix out of these albums with a clear pop tone fixed in a more alternative format. It's pretty commercial as in the strong “Heart Go Bang” and “I Want It”, but the guys is doing really well and never sounds like a standard band. However, is more impressed in the more typical Blue October tracks "Coal Makes Diamonds" and "Break Ground" which is more emotional and complex.
Shall I be somewhat critical; the second part of the album is weaker with couple of fairly anonymous songs. But overall this is another strong record from Justin Furstenfeld and his men, well worth checking up.