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|Studio album by Blue October|
|Producer||Brian Baker and Justin Furstenfeld|
|Blue October chronology|
|Houston Press||(favorable) |
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 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 released on cassette tape in addition to CD.
Many of the songs deal with themes of depression, including "Black Orchid", which is about suicide.
All songs written by Justin Furstenfeld.
- "The Answer" - 5:56
- "2 A.M. Lovesick" - 3:07
- "The 21st" - 4:08
- "Breakfast After Ten" - 3:01
- "Italian Radio" - 3:52
- "For My Brother" - 5:28
- "Sweet and Somber Pigeon Wings" - 5:13
- "Weaknesses" - 4:11
- "Blue Sunshine" - 4:38
- "Mr. Blue's Menu" - 3:24
- "Darkest Side of Houston's Finest Day" - 4:13
- "Tomorrow" - 3:47
- "Black Orchid" - 6:09
- Brian Baker - producer, engineer, mastering, mixing
- Adrian Garcia - assistant engineer
- Jeff Wells - mastering
- Ryan Delahoussaye - mandolin, violin
- Jeremy Furstenfeld - percussion, drums
- Justin Furstenfeld - lyricist, guitars, vocalist, piano, drums
- Liz Mullaly - bass guitar, piano
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