Third Eye Blind - Out of the Vein
Record Label: Elektra / WEA
Release Date: May 13, 2003
Third Eye Blind has been in the mainstream for quite a long time now and has produced hit after hit (such as “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper”) over the years. Their latest studio album, Out of the Vein, was released in 2003. The album could be considered one of their finest works, at least to my own ears. In addition, it couldn’t have been released at a better time as I still consider it to be one of the best albums to blast in the speakers of your car in the summertime.
Some of the stand out songs on the album are “Blinded”, “Wake for Young Souls”, and “Palm Reader”, although this is not to say that the whole album isn’t spectacular. I could literally list song after song on the album that could be considered “hits”, but that isn’t the point, because in the end the individual has to decide for themselves which songs will stand out from the rest. With such an amazing album it is a shame that the mainstream didn’t pick up on it. Even though it debuted #12 on the Billboard 200 list, it was estimated to have failed to sell through more than 250,000 copies.
Lyrically, you can tell there is a general theme to the album even if there is this feel to the lyrics that at times have a very cryptic and personal feel to them. There are hints of rejection, drug use, and lost love in every verse, and Jenkins delivers every line with a voice that only he could pipe out and has become practically a trademark to the band. When you hear his voice, you can immediately tell it's Third Eye Blind and there can be no mistake because of how unique it is and how miles away it is from the cookie cutter rock vocals that fill the airwaves today.
On first listen, the album as a whole doesn’t really jump out at you. Rather, you have bits and pieces that are going to stick out and keep you coming back to listen. However, as you give the album more and more of a chance, the other songs grow on you very quickly until you find the whole album just finds itself working upward on your top play lists. There will be songs that you skip over, but they are few and far between and even they will grow on you if given the proper time.
In closing, as I mentioned at the start, this album is perfect to listen to as you drive or just to chill out to, especially with good weather on the way and summer right around the corner.
This album is amazing, but I think you're wrong about the sales. I believe it reached Gold status at over 500,000 copies. It's a shame Elektra fell apart right around when this came out and it didn't get pushed. Oh well, they have a new album coming out this year, and I hope they get HUGE again. They deserve it.
I bought the album thinking "third Eye Blind,one of my fav bands,might as well pick their newest on up".I cant stand the album.except for Crystal baller,Cant Get Away,and Wake For Young souls,it's unlistenable to me.I own the Collection album and i love that one.maybe i just couldnt take a whole set from Jenkins about sex and drugs.I give it a 3/10.