Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind


5.0
classic

Review

by OFace USER (15 Reviews)
August 19th, 2010 | 71 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The power lies beyond the singles.

Pain. Nostalgia. The raging, vicarious glory of suburban youth. These are all derivative images and themes conjured and supported by Third Eye Blind’s self titled debut album. The familiarity of songs like “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Going to Be,” and “Jumper” are certain pathways into definitive 90’s alternative rock, but they merely scratch the surface of the masterpiece that lies beneath. On that surface, this album is about fun, linked to its top 40 modern rock genre and radio play status back in the day. Beneath those layers lies something unexpected; utterly awash in “trying to find yourself” angst, and utterly incredible with the way Stephan Jenkins and company bring melodies, themes, and song structures that will absolutely slay anyone with a semblance of a contemplative soul.

“Semi-Charmed Life” may be a brilliant pop-rock song. And it certainly is that. But the experience of Third Eye Blind aligned with the radio format is an experience of waste. Why? Because it’s one of the worst songs on the record. One who is fortunate enough to own this record has probably had their psyche profoundly impacted by its graces. “Motorcycle Drive By” cuts to the bone in a way few others have, especially to anyone who has felt the dreadful pangs of unrequited love. “The Background,” “God of Wine,” “Narcolepsy,” and “I Want You” are all powerful, soaring ballads that tug at, and ultimately, dig out your soul.

When you think of Third Eye Blind, I implore you to think beyond what you may have heard on the radio. Buy this album, drive around, get drunk, do whatever you do to contemplate and fully experience powerful music. Chances are, you will not be disappointed.



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OFace
August 19th 2010


173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my first review. I probably didn't do this album justice but I thought I would share my thoughts. I know this album probably isn't well known here but I wanted to spread the word.

Inveigh
August 19th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

seems like you just banged out some general thoughts on the album here duder

OFace
August 19th 2010


173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hmm perhaps I messed up somehow? I am wondering why this isn't on the front page. Any ideas?

OFace
August 19th 2010


173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Inveigh I see you enjoy Third Eye Blind as well based on your rating. yes, it is pretty general, I am not the most experienced writer.

JWT155
August 19th 2010


9303 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

On the contrary this album is quite popular here, my favorite album of all time in fact and I bought
just bought this for the girl I'm talking to for her bday, first actual album I've bought since 06 I
believe.

OFace
August 19th 2010


173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can't imagine a better present JWT155! It should pay off for you.

Gyromania
August 19th 2010


15941 Comments


JWT: love your avatar

OFace
August 19th 2010


173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes it is. Pearl Jam is a fantastic band!

nastynick2
August 19th 2010


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey JWT155, see if she's still interested after you tell her you "boughten" her something! maybe if she's got down-syndrome!

ShadowRemains
August 19th 2010


21156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ugh

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

ShadowRemains
August 19th 2010


21156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty much...

nastynick2
August 19th 2010


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree Josh, grammatical mistakes shouldn't be accepted on a website dedicated to writing

crazyblinddude
August 19th 2010


3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kinda general review, like the others mentioned already, but I've seen first reviews that make this one look golden. So it's not too bad. Expand on your thoughts a lot more and it'll warrant a pos.

OFace
August 19th 2010


173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Everyone is calling me a troll, when it appears this nastynick2 fellow is the definition of it.

Gmork89
August 19th 2010


5518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tis a classic.

nastynick2
August 19th 2010


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

apparently I suck at being a troll, even though 99% of the people here fall for my shit on a daily basis

OFace
August 19th 2010


173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow I see alot of you guys like this album! crazyblinddude, thank you, perhaps I can add more to it when I have more time. I could really talk about this for days!

nastynick2
August 19th 2010


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

then why is your review so short???

ShadowRemains
August 19th 2010


21156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow I see alot of you guys like this album!


in the dictionary, under the word "nostalgia", there is a picture of this album...

Gmork89
August 19th 2010


5518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Your ideas are really good and the way you explain things is awesome, just expand a little bit, add some meat to it.



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