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  • Summary: The fourth album for the alternative rock band from San Francisco is its first album since being dropped by Atlantic Records (which had taken over Elektra's roster of bands).
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  1. Jenkins instead comes on like he never left the scene. In fact, with its pulsating rhythms and crisp guitar fuzz, the new record actually does a better job of extending the band's early work than did its lukewarm previous effort, "Out of the Vein."
  2. Treat Ursa Major as an EP, forgetting the second half.
  3. Ursa Major isn't Third Eye Blind's crowning jewel, but it's a welcome return to form after such a lengthy hiatus
  4. Dotted with spry little riffs and Jenkins' pseudo raps, Ursa Major is a slick but heartfelt disc that packs pleasure even if you're not Nineties-nostalgic.
  5. The formula is dependable and timeworn but ultimately successful, as Third Eye Blind follows the paint-by-numbers blueprint with stunning efficiency.
  6. Third Eye Blind's fourth album and first since 2003--shows that frontman Stephan Jenkins' way with a hook has dimmed little since the band's mid-'90s heyday. The clunky lyrics are another thing.
  7. One can’t help wish for less social commentary, and more hands-in-the-air/ feet-in-the-moshpit bangers.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. JayQ
    Aug 19, 2009
    10
    Had really high hopes and it didn't disappoint. They took their time and it paid off. Best since self-titled. Bonfire, about to break, Had really high hopes and it didn't disappoint. They took their time and it paid off. Best since self-titled. Bonfire, about to break, and why can't you be are definitely the highlights. Expand
  2. JoeB.
    Aug 20, 2009
    10
    Third Eye Blind finally returned to making great albums after Out of the Vein led to slight disappointment for me. Although this may not top Third Eye Blind finally returned to making great albums after Out of the Vein led to slight disappointment for me. Although this may not top their self titled debut album, I do believe this is one of the most thought provoking new albums of the year and I am hoping that Third Eye Blind continue to make great CD's. Expand
  3. joshp
    Aug 29, 2009
    10
    I think the album is probably just as good as their debut album. They keep the same style in terms of their music but branch out and try a I think the album is probably just as good as their debut album. They keep the same style in terms of their music but branch out and try a wide range of instrumentals. An perfect example is the rap portion at the end of summer town. I personally love it. The most i love about this album though is they kept one particular technique they use in alot of their songs and that is they start the song out slow and then build it up and just rock it out! My favorite from the album would have to be water landing. Expand
  4. JohnQ.
    Aug 19, 2009
    9
    The best album since self titled. Definitely better than Out of the Vein. Clever, thought-out lyrics and catchy songs that can weather more The best album since self titled. Definitely better than Out of the Vein. Clever, thought-out lyrics and catchy songs that can weather more than one listen. Expand
  5. StephenS.
    Aug 22, 2009
    8
    As a fan since the first album, I'm kind of scratching my head on this one. "Sharp Knife" may be one of the most moving songs SJ has As a fan since the first album, I'm kind of scratching my head on this one. "Sharp Knife" may be one of the most moving songs SJ has written, however it's followed by "1 in 10" that kind of kills it. Don't get me wrong, it's a great album. It has a strong first song, gets a little lost in the middle, and hits its stride again by the end - just in time to make you press play again! Expand
  6. KidB
    Aug 19, 2009
    8
    I'd say they are in my Top 10 bands of all time, so i was really excited for this record. 'DBAW' was so good and was the kick I'd say they are in my Top 10 bands of all time, so i was really excited for this record. 'DBAW' was so good and was the kick in the balls music needed. On first listen though I found the album subdued and i was really dissapointed, but it has grown so much on me now. It could have done with 'Non Dairy Creamer' and 'Red Star' on it but still a good album. After such a poor year for music get this CD and revamp your year. Expand
  7. Oct 12, 2010
    1
    This album sucked. Sorry to be frank but I don't own TEB anything. I loved their other albums but this one just sucked. Stephen needs to stopThis album sucked. Sorry to be frank but I don't own TEB anything. I loved their other albums but this one just sucked. Stephen needs to stop smoking and doing drugs and get cleaned up. Expand

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