The Answers

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The Answers
Blue October - The Answers.jpg
Studio album by Blue October
Released January 1998
Recorded October 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 57:07
Label RoDan Entertainment/Scoop
Producer Brian Baker and Justin Furstenfeld
Blue October chronology
The Answers
Consent to Treatment
(2000)Consent to Treatment2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Houston Press (favorable) [1]
Allmusic [2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars [3]
Confront Magazine 10/10 stars [4]

The Answers is the first album by Blue October. It was recorded in October 1997 at Sound Arts Studio in Houston, Texas and released in the United States in January 1998 by RoDan Entertainment/Scoop. It is Blue October's only album featuring founding member and bass guitarist Liz Mullally, who also played piano on the album.

For several years the band was not allowed to sell the album on its website or at concerts because of its contract with Universal Records. The album was only available by mail order directly from RoDan (Justin and Jeremy Furstenfeld's parents Roann and Dan Furstenfeld, who managed the band at the beginning) until an agreement was reached in 2005.

The album was re-released in the USA by Universal Records in 2008; however, the re-released version is packaged in a digipak and does not include the booklet that accompanied the original version of the album. The Answers was also originally released on cassette tape in addition to CD. Cassette versions of the album are extremely rare and have become collectors items among Blue October fans.

Many of the songs on the album deal with themes of depression, including "Black Orchid", which is about suicide.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Justin Furstenfeld.

No. Title Length
1. "The Answer" 5:56
2. "2 A.M. Lovesick" 3:07
3. "The 21st" 4:08
4. "Breakfast After Ten" 3:01
5. "Italian Radio" 3:52
6. "For My Brother" 5:28
7. "Sweet and Somber Pigeon Wings" 5:13
8. "Weaknesses" 4:11
9. "Blue Sunshine" 4:38
10. "Mr. Blue's Menu" 3:24
11. "Darkest Side of Houston's Finest Day" 4:13
12. "Tomorrow" 3:47
13. "Black Orchid" 6:09