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Out of the Vein
     

Out of the Vein

4.6 18
by Third Eye Blind
 

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Things are still semi-charmed in the collective life of this Bay Area quartet, which, thanks to frontman Stephan Jenkins, invariably convinces listeners to take time to stop and smell only the roses that have already fallen to the ground. While the band doesn't veer all that far from the tuneful modern rock sound of their first two albums -- which boasted catchy

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Things are still semi-charmed in the collective life of this Bay Area quartet, which, thanks to frontman Stephan Jenkins, invariably convinces listeners to take time to stop and smell only the roses that have already fallen to the ground. While the band doesn't veer all that far from the tuneful modern rock sound of their first two albums -- which boasted catchy singles bearing a tinge of darkness -- Out of the Vein does contain a few surprises. For one, 3EB have brought in some offbeat collaborators, such as Kimya Dawson (of costume-popsters Moldy Peaches), who brings a sexual tension to "Self Righteous." Actually, much of the album is colored by affairs of the heart, specifically Jenkins's attempts to work through his split with longtime girlfriend Charlize Theron. He's capable of waxing both wistful, as on the gently tugging "Blinded," and worrisome, as on the gnarled "My Hit and Run," a surreal recounting of a messy motorcycle wreck. There's refreshingly little in the way of studio gimmickry here: Rather than build thick walls of sound, Jenkins and company erect simple guitar-bass-drums structures, all the better to convey the literate but unfussy tenor of tunes like "Wake for Young Souls" and the hopeful hidden track, "Another Life." In all, it's more than just semi-charming. Initial pressings of the album come packaged with a 25-minute DVD containing in-studio and behind-the-scenes footage.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Third Eye Blind don't get much respect from rock critics or fans, but the band do have their own weird kind of integrity. Under the direction of Stephan Jenkins -- who, after the departure of guitarist Kevin Cadogan, is not just the leader, but the major musical force -- they are an unabashedly mainstream post-alternative band, but they have the fervor and righteous belief of U2, only delivered on a smaller scale and with a distinctively American bent. They believe in big-scale music, so they can't help but deliver music that sounds commercial (which in other hands would sound like a sellout), but since they believe it, man, and because Jenkins sings passionately, it doesn't sound that way in their hands. That's especially true of their third album, Out of the Vein, where the bandmembers sound like they have something to prove -- which, in a way, they do. While Jenkins was undeniably the band's jet-setting frontman -- a heartthrob once linked to actress Charlize Theron -- Cadogan was generally acknowledged as the band's secret weapon, crafting the songs and playing the hooks that kept TEB in the charts where other post-grungers fell behind. Without Cadogan, they have to prove that they can still deliver, and the band responds by rocking harder than ever -- a move that coincidentally happens to emphasize the aforementioned inadvertently mainstream integrity, since the harder sound gives this a harder sheen (not a harder edge), even to the handful of mid-tempo songs and ballads.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2003
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596288828
catalogNumber:
62888

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Third Eye Blind   Primary Artist
Tony Fredianelli   Guitar,Vocals
Kim Shattuck   Musician
Sam D. Bass   Musician
Stephan Jenkins   Guitar,Vocals
DJ Flare   Musician
Arion Salazar   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Brad Hargreaves   Percussion,Drums
Vanessa Carlton   Musician
Kimya Dawson   Musician
Hrundi V. Bakshi   Musician

Technical Credits

Judy Kirschner   Engineer
Mick Rock   Cover Photo
Third Eye Blind   Art Direction
Dann Michael Thompson   Engineer
Stephan Jenkins   Producer
Femio Hernández   Engineer
Jason Carmer   Producer,Engineer
Arion Salazar   Producer
Sean Beresford   Engineer

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Out of the Vein 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After three long years, Third Eye Blind has proved that they still have what it takes. Out of the Vein is possibly the best release yet, reaching all-time highs in sound and style. Produced on retro-equipment, Out of the Vein is fresh and distinctly Third Eye Blind. Lyrically, instrumentally, and thematically, the album is a masterpiece. Their sound is organic and simple, but still delivers the same energy and depth that made their first two albums so successful. A purchase you will never forget, let alone regret.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of the Vein is a gret CD, my favorite songs on it are crystal baller, danger, blinded and faster. Third Eye blind is a great band and they did not dissapoint this time around!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A more personal approach is taken with Out of the Vein; and it is within these detailed accounts that you really get to know more about the artist and can relate better. I also like the stream-of-conscious lyrics thrown in the mix once in a while. It lyrically pumps the psyche and has the occasional smooth groove. The album just keeps giving and giving.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After "Blue", which is one of my ten favorite cds ever, I was very dissappointed in their follow up. There are no stand out songs on this one, I'm afraid. Hopefully their next one will be better, and we won't have to wait three years this time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hits from their first two albums, "Blue" and "Self-Titled", it is absolutely no surprise that "Out of the Vein" is fast becoming another hit record for Third Eye Blind. I really admire the band for reaching in new musical directions with this album. There is a distinct change between the dark feel of "Blue" and the almost hopeful/happy go lucky side of "Out of the Vein". But despite this change, the band continues to trail forward with wonderful lyrics and tunes. I highly suggest this album to anyone who is a Third Eye Blind fan, or anyone who is tired of alternative pop rock and is looking for intelligent and down-to-earth lyrical rock music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is so great! I recommend it to anyone who likes this type of music. "Misfits" is definitely my favorite song, but I like them all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sound of Out Of The Vein by Third Eye Blind is quite different from the band’s past albums, yet the same lyrical genius and passionate guitar and drum threads echo the very uniqueness that made Third Eye Blind so precious from the beginning. Songs like Faster, Crystal Baller, Palm Reader, Good Man and of course Blinded have tunes and quick lyrics that make them all sound like singles, and yet the common theme of Stephan’s problems letting go of a past relationship tie the album together. The final hidden track really brings the emotions he exhibited in the other songs to a close, revealing the series of roller-coaster emotions that come full circle, as he becomes human and whole again. The album is great, as good as the first self-titled album. If I could admit to CD being better than that masterpiece, I would pick OOTV.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ThirdEyeBlind has done it again. By bringing their great sound to the world of music. They have kicked it up a notch for all radio stations out there. Enjoy their awesome songs on this great cd, and also enjoy the hilarious dvd on the making of the cd. My personal favorites on the cd are: "Danger", "Misfits" and their hidden track "Another Life".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well Third Eye Blind has done it again! I can't say which is my favorite song on this album because they are all so great. Tony is a great adition to the band. I got to see them for the first time in concert recently & they are one of the best groups to see live. If not the best. They seem to really care about the fans. They did such an awesome job on this album it was worth the three year wait. I can't wait for the next one. Keep the music coming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
3EB's 3rd CD is the most amazing CD I own. I can't stop listening to it. The lyrics by Steven Jenkins have captured me, once again. The band sounds better than ever. You really need to own this CD - you won't regret it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in love with Third Eye Blind's debut CD. This was quite different than that, and so at first I was thrown off. But once you start truly listening, you realize the beauty in each of the songs. Some I particularly enjoyed were My Hit and Run, Good Man, Blinded, and Can't Get Away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Worth the blood letting Jenkins undertook from his Ex. Misery brings about good writing from the misery of the soul. Jenkins has suffered and on the edge of a cutting knife he delivers more than your IV can hold. 3EB has become the band of music deliverance for the 21st Century. Tired of the same old spin on the radio, request Blinded until the DJ's see the light! This CD brings the affect of the pulse seeking thrill riders to a frenzy of ecstasy. If you go Faster it will lead you to the Misfits that all 3EB fans belong to. Go buy a copy for your car, home, work space, pool side, CD walkman, beach dazes-cause one 3EB of Out of the Vein will never be enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must-have if you enjoyed the first two albums at all, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't heard them or has only heard thier radio songs. You're in for a treat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally 3eb is back with a new album, and we couldn't ask for anything more. The new release OOTV is packed with 13 perfect hits and a secret song. The album is everything you could expect out of the band... it shows meaning, emotion, and feeling that not any other band could show if they tried. I don't know how they create the sounds they do and make 'em fit perfect with stephan's voice, but they do. Every song is great and deserves credit from all. Go out and get a copy!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of the Vein really gives definition to my life. It's as if they already know me and yet they haven't even put a face onto the person they're even singing about. "Wake for Young Souls" and "Palm Reader" really descibes me and my friend. The songs defines how so many people have affected us and have scarred us (some wounds were deeper than others),but no matter how bad the wound was, we were there for each other to mend the pain. Not only is Out of the Vein great music for anyone to listen to, but it will open up your mind just as it will open up ears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been three years since Third Eye Blind's last album and it sounds as though they have turned yet another corner with this one. With it's beats that almost immediately get you addicted, it leaves you feeling...well....good. Anyone who listens to this album will not be disappointed. with a new sense of unity in the band and taking time to make this album perfect, Third Eye Blind has made a lasting impression with Out Of The Vein.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD was worth the wait from 3EB. I highly recommend this one, as well as all the other 3EB albums! Be sure to catch the band on tour this summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago