Photographers: Brad Bond; Abel Longoria; Jennifer Veenhof.
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 he rages against the machine (both figuratively and literally) until every inch of his relationship's corpse has been exhumed. ~ James Christopher Monger