Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Third Eye Blind|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Third Eye Blind's second album will go a long way in helping the San Francisco-based band to shed their corporate-rock label. Less grandiose and obvious than their 1997 debut, the elegantly flawed Blue crackles with energy... more »
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Third Eye Blind's second album will go a long way in helping the San Francisco-based band to shed their corporate-rock label. Less grandiose and obvious than their 1997 debut, the elegantly flawed Blue crackles with energy and dark humor, but doesn't wade in the same pools of gloom and despair as its self-titled predecessor. Frontman Stephan Jenkins has exchanged his intricate stream-of-consciousness musings for more streamlined soulful wordplay. The assertive, inventive guitars recall such big bruisers of yesteryear as Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, but without the heavy-handedness. "Never Let You Go," the album's standout, is as catchy as Rick Springfield's "Jesse's Girl," but with a raw edge and a snarling Jaggeresque rap by Jenkins. Smart, poppy, and ironic, Blue more than solidifies Third Eye Blind's standing as a band on the rise. --Jaan Uhelszki
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Lee Reamsnyder | Westerville, OH USA | 01/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A lot of people (myself included) that normally would have only the tiniest respect for modern pop music regarded Third Eye Blind's first album as a sort of guilty pleasure. Well, with the release of "Blue" I'm happy to come and say that I fully appreciate the workings of Jenkins and company. There are enough catchy guitar hooks, intense beats, and powerful lyrics to keep you returning to this album again and again. "Anything" is short enough that it hooks and then abruptly lets go. "Wounded" is a bittersweet rocker and one of the stronger tracks. "10 Days Late"... er no comment, it's weaker than the other tracks. "Never Let You Go" is a punchy hit. "Deep Inside of You" is one of the best, a whisper to scream ballad. "1000 Julys" is one hot chart. The second half of the disk is insanely powerful, a la "God Of Wine" on their first CD, but the real standouts are the instrumental "Slow Motion" and "Camouflage," a driving, multi-layered, echoing masterpiece. Overall you won't be disappointed, it's just too bad all the songs are as immediately accessible as "Semi-Charmed Life," (If you don't think you've heard that song, think again: Doot doo doot! Doot Doo Doo Doo! Yeah, you know it) and thus probably won't get as large an audience. Oh well, they're missing out. Buy this album!"
An Excellent Sophomore effort!
Lee Reamsnyder | 11/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So they beat the sophomore jinx! Blue is a much better album and has a lot more variety and depth. Anything and Never Let You Go are the best tracks, but mind you ther are no fillers! This is one consistent album!This record proves that Third Eye Blind is improving all the time and is definitely not another of those corporate post-grunge bands that have crowded the music scene in the recent times.Worth every dollar you pay and then some more!"
elyjar | Perth, Australia | 12/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have to be honest. BLUE does not out shine their first album but it is definately worth buying for any true blue 3eB fan.Firstly, you will not find any top 10 singles in this bunch purely because most of the songs require a few listens to really cogitate and appriciate the melodic and lyrical contents of the song.Secondly, this is a heavier and more complex album compared to the first but with much less affliction. This might not have as much appeal to listeners, especially those who only bought the first album because of songs like 'Semi-charmed Life' , 'How's it Going to Be' and 'Jumper'.Third, there is consistency that extends to this album from their first, in fact too much for my likeing and here's why. When their first album was released, it was different, imaginative and original(not to say this one isn't in any way). It really sucked in listeners with their unique brand of lyrics and distinctive sound which made 3eB a class above the rest. Here is where the problem lies. Because the first album was so brilliantly put together, most of us including myself, have built up enormous expectations for the second . This album is definately not inferior in quality or sound compared to the first, but it could be that our overwhelming expectations for an even better follw-up has made us feel that this album pales in comparison to the first, which is doesn't.I really do recommend that the buyer listens to BLUE a couple of times before passing a judgement because you will find that this new effort by these San Franciscans well and truely affirms their position as one of the most original and thought provoking bands to come out of the US in recent times. I personally gave a five-star rating for this album but I had to downscale it to four stars purely based on the fact that there will 3eB fans out there who might not appriciate this album as much as I do and that's important for them to know."