Blue

Blue

4.6 17
by Third Eye Blind
     
 
What's the point of being a rock star if you can't at least enjoy yourself? It's a question the members of Third Eye Blind likely asked themselves as they worked on their sophomore outing, BLUE. For while the album is sometimes blue in tone -- as lyrics like "I never felt alone till I met you" ("Deep Inside of You") attest -- it's hardly as pouty or self-obsessed as

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What's the point of being a rock star if you can't at least enjoy yourself? It's a question the members of Third Eye Blind likely asked themselves as they worked on their sophomore outing, BLUE. For while the album is sometimes blue in tone -- as lyrics like "I never felt alone till I met you" ("Deep Inside of You") attest -- it's hardly as pouty or self-obsessed as the band's eponymous debut. Instead, Third Eye Blind have crafted a batch of emotional, energetic, and yes, fun ditties that rock with insistent riffs and hook-laden vocals without sacrificing the band's moody atmospherics. Along the way, the group pay homage to classic acts like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Bad Company, and even AC/DC, giving BLUE more of a timeless feel than many modern rock records.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of all the second-wave post-grunge bands from 1997, Third Eye Blind cultivated the most dedicated fan base. Sure, Matchbox 20 sold more records, but for TEB devotees, the San Franciscan band carried the torch originally lit by such breakthrough alt-rock acts as U2 and INXS -- big, glossy bands that unabashedly celebrated both hooks and rock classicism. Under the direction of Stephan Jenkins, Third Eye Blind celebrated these same virtues, but since they arrived at a time when there were a lot of glossy, even slick, bands marketed as alternative rock, it's easy to see why many observers believed TEB were no different than the legions of post-grunge rockers who dominated the charts that year. By the 1999 release of Blue, the group's second album, many of their peers from 1997 had faded away. Jenkins must have been aware of the fleeting nature of fandom in the '90s, since he pushes his band hard throughout the album. It's as if he's trying to shake the ghost of "Semi-Charmed Life," the ingratiatingly hummable hit that gave TEB success but pegged them, in many observers' eyes, as a bubblegum one-hit wonder. Blue is certainly somber and serious, even with its moments of levity. Almost too much so. TEB sound a little strained when they earnestly try to rock, and the same problem occasionally plagues their slower songs, though they do sound more self-confident there. This problem surfaces because they sound natural when they're a little loose; at that point, they're not too self-conscious to avoid hooks, which they seem to do quite often on Blue. While this self-consciousness mars Blue, it doesn't ruin it, because it lifts often enough (on "Wounded," "An Ode to Maybe," "Anything," and "Never Let You Go," the album's highlight), and because it announces that they're stronger and more serious than many of their post-grunge peers. It also illustrates what TEB truly excel at -- big, glossy alt-pop in the tradition of U2 and INXS. There's not quite enough of it this time around to make Blue the equal of its predecessor, but it should be enough to please devoted fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1999
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596241526
catalogNumber:
62415

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Third Eye Blind   Primary Artist
Ren Klyce   Keyboards
Chris Manning   Vocals
Steve Cohen   Piano
Stephan Jenkins   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Memory Moog
Kevin Cadogan   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Electric Sitar
Carla Kihlstedt   Strings
Ben Kramer   Trumpet
Arion Salazar   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Theremin,Vocals,Electric Sitar,Prophet Synthesizer,Wurlitzer,Fuzz Bass,Optigan
Brad Hargreaves   Piano,Drums,Vocals
Caitlin Cornwell   Vocals
Marc Capelle   Piano,Clavinet
D.J. Chutney   Tamboura
Teal Collins   Vocals
Golden Gate Boys Choir   Vocals
Marika Hughes   Strings
Ledisi   Vocals
Mauri Skinfill   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Gleeson   Producer,Engineer
Ren Klyce   Producer
Third Eye Blind   Producer
Stephan Jenkins   Producer,String Arrangements
Gregory Burke   Art Direction
Mike Cresswell   Engineer
Jacquire King   Programming,Pro-Tools
Arion Salazar   Producer
Stu Maschwitz   Cover Image
Mud Sisters   Producer
Clint Roth   Pro-Tools

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Blue 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Third Eye Blind is the reason why I'm taking guitar lessons. They ROCK man!! Way excellent riffs and licks!! This is THE album of 1999.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first 3eb cd rocked and so does this one. It is my favorite cd, and I think any one that liked the first cd should get this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT IS THE BEST SONG IN THE WORLD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album will be a great hit for third eye blind. Their new lyrics will be a great new edition to their other timeless tunes. I hope to hear more in 2000 from this great band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is great. I had already downloaded most of the album before it came out so I knew what to expect, except I didn't expect Slow Motion to be instrumental (that is why I didn't give it 5 stars). Anyone and everyone who has napster, go and download Slow Motion, we got cheated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band has had me bound in awe since I first heard them. It is rare that a band produces a CD that has not one bad song on it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit that I've been called a 3eb fanatic more than once, but even those who don't know of the band will love this CD. The loss of Kevin Cadogen will not soon be forgotten because of his contributions to both this and the debut albums. Seriously, though, this CD has some serious lyrics and is well worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there first album was not good enough, they have done it again. Not only is this album fueled with passion it also has a lot of heart added into the mix. Blue is an amazing piece of work. On a personal level they are genuine 'Nice Guys' who definitly care about the fans. Buy this cd and you will not be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually, I've only heard a few select songs off the cd(never let you go, anything, deep inside of you, ten days late)...but I gotta say, even though there's a tone of somber music, it's highlighted drastically by songs with an upbeat(such as never let you go)..and i'm looking foward to seeing them in concert here in mass!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Third Eye Blind, you owe it to yourself to get this cd. It rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIRD EYE BLIND HAS BECOME MY FAVORITE BAND, THANKS TO THIS CD. THEY HAVE TAKEN MUSIC TO ANOTHER LEVEL... LOOKING FOR MUSIC ENJOYMENT???BUY THIS CD.... C-NICE (JERSEY CITY, NJ)
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I have to say is buy this cd! These guys matured their sound in their second album, I listen to this cd at least once a week, which is pretty good for me, since my cd collections is huge! lol!!!! Great sound! I picked this cd up while ona road trip for spring break to Florida, blasted it the whole way into and out of florida!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the first and probably the only time I will write a online review, but I had to for this cd it rocks. Every thing on the list is true. but I found one problem the original song ''Slow Motion'' is not on the album. I suggest finding the original version its much better and is pretty graphic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what happened? The band tried to make it sound more like techno. The only good song on there is ''Wounded''
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD picks up from Third Eye Blind's self titled debut and launches the band into an artistic stratosphere of their own. Much darker and deeper than other albums of its era, Third Eye Blind's sophomore release captured the essence, energy and emotion of what keeps contemporary life in orbit. The combination of classic rock, cutting-edge/genre-hopping rhythms and Jenkin's cerebral self-effacement make this album the very definition of "modern rock." Like other all-time great recordings, (and contrary to the comments of many "critics") Blue manages to be seriously accomplished without taking itself too seriously: The elaborate and exquisite musical productions layer above thinly veiled lyrics of unparallelled humanity, honesty (and humour). Just like our planet, this collection of music will stand the test of time.
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