Third Eye Blind
Out Of The Vein


3.5
great

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2009 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overall, “Out of the Vein” is a very good record, but lacks the creativity of “Blue” and the consistency of “Self-Titled.”

Replacing band members is often a tall order for most bands. It is especially difficult losing a band member that had a major impact on both the songwriting and shaping the band’s signature sound. Third Eye Blind was forced to replace guitarist Kevin Cadogan, who left the band in 2001 due to personal reasons. Cadogan and lead singer Stephan Jenkins were considered to be the band’s most significant members, contributing to the majority of the songwriting. Tony Fredianelli was added to replace Cadogan prior to the recording of their third full-length record, “Out of the Vein.”

“Out of the Vein,” was released in 2003, six years after the spectacular self-titled review and four years after the innovative follow-up “Blue.” Despite the departure of Cadogan, much of Third Eye Blind remained the same. The new songs were passionate, fun, and complete with hooks. Jenkins’ energy and emotion were still present, and Salazar and Hargreaves were familiar on the bass and drums respectively. “Out of the Vein,” is a solid collection of alternative-rock songs, ranging from the high energy Company, to mid-tempo ballads such as My Hit and Run. Despite this, Third Eye Blind still seemed to be missing something.

The opener of “Out of the Vein,” Faster is an indication that the band’s sound has not changed entirely. Faster may possibly have been the band’s best opener to this point, its high energy chorus and emotional bridge really sets the tone for the entire album. Lead single, Blinded is a catchy mid-tempo love song that is not far off from Never Let You Go, its message is delivered in a simple fashion. These mid-tempo tracks seem to dominate the record, only Danger, Faster, and Company suggest otherwise.

The focal point of the record is Crystal Baller, which is one of the greatest songs the band has written to date. Jenkins is the lone songwriter on this track and really delivers on all cylinders here. He almost whispers the opening lines, “I close my eyes and I see a freak, I think it's me and I'm afraid to speak. I keep on going from week to weakness way out in a line.” The track builds to a more upbeat chorus, and Fredianelli’s simple outro solo gives the track a fitting close. The following track My Hit and Run is another underscore of the album about a car accident. The lyrics are effective and fervent, “Always think we get more time, now flying through the air, maybe living, maybe dying. In this motor crash it's you who comes to mind, don’t we always wish had more time.”

Wake for Young Souls has a great deal of sing-along value; the track is conveyed very well with a mix of acoustic and electric guitars. Danger is fun at all degrees, it has a very jumpy feel and hooky-chorus. The closer Good Man is a fitting way to complete “Out of the Vein,” it isn’t depressing or dark like its predecessors, but rather hopeful.

Overall, “Out of the Vein” is a very good record, but lacks the creativity of “Blue” and the consistency of “Self-Titled.” Third Eye Blind was indeed impacted when Kevin Cadogan left, they just haven’t been entirely the same.

Recommended Tracks:
Faster
Crystal Baller
My Hit and Run
Wake for Young Souls
Company



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Comments:Add a Comment 
EVedder27
October 23rd 2009


6088 Comments


Probably my least favorite 3eb record. I prefer Ursa Major to this.

Inveigh
October 23rd 2009


25097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually like this record quite a bit now, although I wasn't a big fan when it came out. Crystal Baller and My Hit and Run are two of 3eb's better songs.

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EVedder27
October 23rd 2009


6088 Comments


I think I'll do Ursa Major after this and then maybe the greatest hits compilation.

JWT155
October 24th 2009


9314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Crystal Baller is my favorite track on this album. Solid record.

Andyroosef
April 19th 2010


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Faster is probably one of my favorite songs from 3eb

JWT155
January 27th 2011


9314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think Anything is a better opener then Faster, it's a good song but not anywhere my tp 10.

lancebramsay
March 8th 2011


1585 Comments


Crystal Baller - great track

TREO5
November 12th 2013


1071 Comments


Faster and Losing a Whole Year are incredible openers. Also, Blinded is fantastic. Also, Kimya Dawson: odd yet it works.

TREO5
November 16th 2013


1071 Comments


This might be just as good as Self Titled.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 23rd 2014


13396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i wanna get off one time and not apologize

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MuhNamesTyler
October 8th 2014


4381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually thought this was better than Blue



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