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2/5/08 Accel. Rhetoric Faulty Wiring The song, X Amount of Words, written and performed by Blue October  falls into the category of “emo” or emotional music. This new brand of music has  come onto the music scene in the past decade or so, and in many ways has  become the classic rhythmic ballads of the 1970’s, to the current generation.  When one listens closely to songs of “emo” morals, it becomes apparent that  many of the guitar and drum solos along with the mind numbing vocals can be  closely compared to that of Queen, The Beatles, and even The Who. The music  may not be exactly the same, but the story telling characteristics of the lyrics that  drip with emotion, feeling, and past experience is uncanny.  When most people hear the song X Amount of Words, or just Blue  October as a whole for that matter, they can never place their finger on what is  so different about this song. While listening, and attempting to psychoanalyze the  lyrics and pick apart each instrument’s properties, they often look past the  beautiful simplicity of the rhythms and baselines that are added to the song  merely to supplement the vocals. Blue October uses a variety of instruments 
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from bass guitars, to pianos and keyboards, to drums, and even violins to create  a rich textured soup with which they let the lyrics of the song swim in.  Just like many of the great vocalists of the past century, Frank Sinatra, 
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