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  • Summary: The third album for the radio-friendly San Francisco-based alt-rockers is almost a concept album about breaking up with Charlize Theron, which--lest you think the band was getting wacky all of a sudden--band leader Stephan Jenkins actually did do recently.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mostly, it pumps and choogles along at such a clip that there's little time to focus on the shortcomings of individual tracks.
  2. Too much of... Out of the Vein struggles to scratch its way into your memory banks, hobbled by its own melodic shortcomings.
  3. To his credit, Jenkins is much more interesting a songwriter when he's wounded, offering candor that's not evident on TEB's first two discs.
  4. If they can keep this sound and get back the hooks, they'd have something as good as their first two records, but, as it stands, this is their first stumble.
  5. 58
    Shows a weakness for arena-rock voguing and Dawson's Creek-dipping melancholia. [Jun 2003, p.108]
  6. Third Eye Blind are as earnest and energetic as ever but sadly uncatchy.
  7. 40
    The group's lite grooves, awful raps and wide-screen choruses are beginning to sound desperate. [#17, p.144]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Feb 1, 2011
    10
    Brilliant album, almost as good as Blue, and as good if not better than their debut album. I have to get to one hundred and fifty charactersBrilliant album, almost as good as Blue, and as good if not better than their debut album. I have to get to one hundred and fifty characters so I'm gonna go on a spew about mice, if you don't mind. First of all, mice have no useful properties unless you happen to have a hungry pet python. But if you don't have a pet python, they are an utter annoyance. Can I hear an amen? I mean they're like ants but eighty times larger, they can ruin your favorite sweater, or your old tux from your wedding, and even eat through your gash-dang insulation! Mice annoy the proverbial crap out of me, I can go as far as to say I would not mind if they fell off the face of the earth. Along with bats, spiders, oh and just about all other insects. Too bad that won't be happening anytime soon. Well, I hope you've enjoyed this pointless endeavor with me. And if not, oh well, it gave me some time to think about the little things in life just in case you have a required amount of one hundred and fifty characters in order to state your opinion on one of the greatest bands greatest albums. All in all, it was utterly pointless, but nonetheless it got me to over one hundred and fifty characters, so I'm good. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Aug 11, 2005
    10
    great album
  3. AndrewF
    Mar 1, 2007
    10
    This CD is an odd one for third Eye Blind, because it departs much more than most music reviewers seem to realize from their previous album This CD is an odd one for third Eye Blind, because it departs much more than most music reviewers seem to realize from their previous album formulas. Third Eye Blind and Blue were both led by immediately catchy pop hook-led songs that alone would sell the album for most, and ended with slower, more emotional songs, or in the case of Blue, with more experimental tracks like "Darwin" and "Slow Motion", the types that would become fan favorites. This album ignores that technique completely, and instead all of the songs are moderately catchy with strong but not poppy melodies and lyrics that are not as dark and suggestive as previous 3EB lyrics, but more outright, thoughtful, sometimes moody, and emotional. The album flows very well from song to song, except in the case of Self-Righteous, which would probably have done better as the last track and wants much stronger vocals and more solid guitars. With studio treatment similar to what gave unreleased track "Carnival Barker" it's emotion, this song could have been similarly touching, but unfortunately, it came out even rawer than the rest of the tracks, which conspicuously lack the electronic elements from Blue and the multi-vocal melodies from their first album. This album is my favorite Third Eye Blind album, because the more you listen to it, the more qualities you realize it really does posess, and it becomes far more endearing and personally long-lasting than either of Third Eye Blind's previous efforts. Expand
  4. JosephA.
    May 24, 2003
    9
    This is really a great album, nearly as good as theyre debut, which in my opinion was incredible. It only falls a little short. All the songs This is really a great album, nearly as good as theyre debut, which in my opinion was incredible. It only falls a little short. All the songs are thoughtful, melodic, and well produced. Great hooks. Well worth the wait. Expand
  5. CharlesS
    Apr 23, 2007
    9
    Great album. Don't quite hear the 'badness' the professional reviewers are spewing out on this one. Exremely listenable and fun.
  6. ryane
    May 17, 2003
    8
    This CD is as good as i had hoped if not better
  7. twelve13
    Oct 27, 2003
    0
    complete crap. Third Eye Blind was Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan, an incredible guitarist and a solid songwriter. Now that Kev's complete crap. Third Eye Blind was Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan, an incredible guitarist and a solid songwriter. Now that Kev's gone, Stephan has to step up, but he just wants to be vain. an EMBARASSMENT compared to the self titled. Expand

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