Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind


5.0
classic

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
March 25th, 2010 | 1352 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I felt you long after we were through....

While an intricate facet in life, it can be said that time is not entirely understood. As it runs its course, we mature and most significantly change. Obviously things do not turn out as we expected, but one can only look back and laugh at the foolish blunders, or decide that time was well spent. If any given person was asked if they were the same person ten or even fifteen years earlier, most would quickly respond no, while other’s heads would explode pondering the question. With all of this said, change is inevitably going to arrive on our doorstep whether we realize it or not. That’s where Third Eye Blind’s debut record defies gravity. Few, if any albums have replicated the sentiment that the self-titled release gives off, hundreds of listens following that momentous initial infatuation. “Third Eye Blind” is really the only record that has truly developed with me; and most prominently is just as amazing at the day I opened the CD case. In many ways it is the soundtrack to my childhood, recalling those long since forgotten days which I didn’t seem to have a care in the world. Listening to the album eleven years later, it wouldn’t be implausible to believe that I am the same person I was eleven years ago. Third Eye Blind’s debut offers evidence of this in epic proportions, from the frequent upbeat moments of youth to the occasional anguish. Thanks a Lot reminisces of a time when I stumbled across my first true heartbreaking experience; when I girl I liked was into someone else, and all I could do was press the repeat button on the track for consolation. This has been my “go-to” album ever since, taking the hauntingly relating words of God of Wine and Motorcycle Drive-By in situations of uttermost despair.

Stephan Jenkins could easily be one of the most misunderstood front men in rock history. Although blessed with a tremendous singing voice as most lead singers are, Jenkins has been able to separate himself from his peers through emotion and poignant lyricism. Beneath all the “dut dut doos,” and “yeah, yeah, yeahs,” Jenkins demonstrates a profound sense of sincerity in tracks such as Motorcycle Drive-By and The Background. The former is crafted so meticulously that is constantly contradicts itself, containing the torment of a relationship that will never happen. “That’s when I knew that I could never have you. I knew that before you did, still I’m the one who is stupid.” Just when you believe the despair of the situation is too much to handle, he responds with “I’ve never be so alone, and I’ve never been so alive.” Motorcyle Drive-By is a lyrical masterpiece because it contains that paradoxical battle between the unwillingness to let go and the inevitable truth behind the matter. “Third Eye Blind” is chuck full of these moments; How’s It Going to Be boldly asks the unanswerable question of “How’s it going to be, when you don’t know me anymore?” while Losing a Whole Year comes to the realization that everything that was has evidently been a waste. Jenkins has been notorious for one-liners ever since the release of this album, with the effectiveness of these lines, being nothing short of exemplary.

Jenkins has certainly never received the acclaim he deserves, nor will he ever make any “most influential” lists. What is evident with Jenkins and Third Eye Blind is that they have never attempted to become anything more than a conventional pop/rock band, nor have they basked in the aura of their immense commercial success. Tracks such as the infectious Semi-Charmed Life and the sincere Jumper left the band with more recognition than any band receives in their entire career, but this did not deter the group from developing top-shelf non singles. Even with the lyrics laid aside, the Cadogan, Hargreaves, and Salazar musical combination works wonders to complement Jenkins’ emotion, for the are equally as energetic and passionate. Although not in the least bit groundbreaking, the music offers a delicate blend of liveliness and infectious hooks, that do not seem to dull at any point in the record.

Third Eye Blind’s debut is simply one of the greatest alternative rock albums in recent memory, with virtually no filler. Its perpetual capability to remain relevant is something to be admired, which is not something that mainstream pop/rock records seem to maintain. Most significantly, the album is easily relatable at all levels, whether it is the distress of losing a loved one, the torment of a failed relationship, or even the triumph over these struggles. “Third Eye Blind” truly seems to have everything, from the antagonistic Graduate to the engaging I Want You, and is in many ways timeless. And f***ing perfect.

Recommended Tracks:
Losing a Whole Year
Semi-Charmed Life
How’s It Going to Be
Thanks a Lot
The Background
Motorcycle Drive-By
God of Wine



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SeaAnemone
March 25th 2010


20834 Comments


can't wait to read this... brb

EVedder27
March 25th 2010


6088 Comments


This is a re-write, I don't know if I'll ever be satisfied. Anyway my apologies for the cheesy first few sentences.

JWT155
March 25th 2010


9319 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm excited to read this as well... 5's FTW. My only complaint is that Kevin Cadogan imo should be
given more credit on this record then Jenkins. Lyrics are great but the music is amazing and Cadogan
Era 3EB blows away any of their new stuff, even though I still greatly enjoy it.

SeaAnemone
March 25th 2010


20834 Comments


absolutely superb review. this honestly seemed like staff/contrib quality to me... you should be proud of this. and yes, haha the
beginning is a bit cheesy, but it comes off sincere at the same time so I think it's fine.


and onto the album... it's amazing how SO many people have such a personal relationship with this. This album never ceases to
amaze me, and like you said it's definitely grown and morphed alongside me, too.


EVedder27
March 25th 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks, my first review for this didn't do it justice and I felt like I had to do it again.
Really is amazing how many people have the personal connection, but I guess it makes sense with our generation.


Great point JWT, they actually did go way down after Cadogan left. Blue is definintely underappreciated and I think they really missed Cadogan on Out of the Vein.

Romulus
March 25th 2010


8447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is probably your best review yet, so major props. Seconded everything Anemone said.

Part of me really wants to give this a listen tonight seeing as I haven't in like years and part of me wants to save it for summer... we'll see but regardless fantastic review.



JWT155
March 25th 2010


9319 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Completely agree with your cheesy growing up analogy though, this is THE only album that I remember
I
liked back in Elementary school that I still not only listen to but am still blown away by it.
Growing
up has only made me appreciate it more and more where as most records wither with time i.e. Linkin
Park.
EVERYONE in here needs to bump this to a 5 NOW!

EVedder27
March 25th 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks rom, you should listen TONIGHT

Knott-
Emeritus
March 25th 2010


10198 Comments


didn't like the first few sentences but the review was stellar. aaaaand i think i need this.

EVedder27
March 25th 2010


6088 Comments


Yeah, I'm gonna think about changing the first few sentences. Thanks, and yessss you do need this.

JWT155
March 25th 2010


9319 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cadogan just had that 3EB "sound" when he played with them, his guitar playing had that
signature 3EB distortion that I just don't think Tony Fredianell could replicate or compose with. Is
Tony not with the band anymore, just looked up 3EB on wiki and it said he isn't and is filing a
lawsuit (but that's wiki...).

SeaAnemone
March 25th 2010


20834 Comments


you serious Knott?? you'd fall in love with this, it kills me that you haven't heard it... wait you're not from the US are you?

JWT155
March 25th 2010


9319 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is one of my favorite's of all time and is one of the most essential records of the 90's imo.

EVedder27
March 25th 2010


6088 Comments


I just saw that too JWT. I am not sure on the details of that and I kinda wonder who will be the guitarist when I see them in a few weeks.

AggravatedYeti
March 25th 2010


7685 Comments


very good review man

I haven't heard this in yeeeeaaarrrss

Knott-
Emeritus
March 25th 2010


10198 Comments


haha no im uk idk if ive heard anything off it im getting it now though...

actually gonna listen right now brb with my 5 rating in an hour

JWT155
March 25th 2010


9319 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If by some miracle Kevin Cadogan joined again I'd be cumming buckets...

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2010


17225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking love this cd. makes me wanna do meth and have dirty, dirty sex

JWT155
March 26th 2010


9319 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

... and then bump to a 5?

Satellite
March 26th 2010


20826 Comments


Adam, is that Rollie Fingers?!

Review rules in typical Ved fashion. Such a nostalgic album for me.



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