Out Of The Vein - Third Eye Blind
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. A semi-charming collection of catchy hooks, decent pop rock and just enough shades of darkness to keep you interested.
  5. 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.
  6. 58
    Shows a weakness for arena-rock voguing and Dawson's Creek-dipping melancholia. [Jun 2003, p.108]
  7. 40
    The group's lite grooves, awful raps and wide-screen choruses are beginning to sound desperate. [#17, p.144]
  8. Third Eye Blind are as earnest and energetic as ever but sadly uncatchy.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. LeonA
    May 25, 2008
    10
    What's funny to me is that when I first listened to this album it did sound sort of bland and uninteresting, but after revisiting it What's funny to me is that when I first listened to this album it did sound sort of bland and uninteresting, but after revisiting it several years later I'm really beginning to appreciate what 3eb did here. I can listen to the entire thing without skipping any tracks lol. There are so many hidden gems here. I would recommend it to any person who likes them some good rock and roll. Full Review »
  3. EdG.
    Jun 3, 2007
    9
    Can't really understand the flack this record is getting. The only reason i can think of is that it's a result of naive critics Can't really understand the flack this record is getting. The only reason i can think of is that it's a result of naive critics giving it a couple of listens and hastily condeming it as a poor offering. In reality the album has overall a higher number of good tracks than 'blue' which really struggled after the 1st seven tracks. The melodies are not as obvious as on previous albums, but grow over time to become quite astonishing at times, especially in the case of 'misfits' and 'forget myself.' Lyrically the album is far superior to any other band in this genre, as usual deep and emotional yet unobvious. In response to a previous comment on Jenkins' 'rapping!' The man does not rap and would never claim to do so, the poetic interludes which have been a feature on every album are sublime and far superior to any rapper i've ever heard. The fact of the matter is, this album is too easy to criticise due to poor sales which came as a result of record comany problems which meant under funded marketing. However the fact remains that this record is 3EB's second best to date, and immeasurably enjoyable to music lovers willing to give it the time needed to blossom. Full Review »