Out of the Vein
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Highly anticipated third album. Elektra. 2003.
Perhaps Third Eye Blind should have titled their third album "Same Vein," since the record offers more of what put the San Francisco band on the map--brainy stream-of-conscious lyrics, big choruses, chunky fretwork, and a liberal dose of sexual innuendo. Frontman Stephan Jenkins engages in some artistic bloodletting here, opening a vein and allowing all the anguish he's experienced over the last few years to spill into these songs. Twelve of the 14 compositions find Jenkins recounting his messy breakup with South African actress Charlize Theron. He veers from attempting to lure her back with facile wordplay and exhaustive sexual promises to being haunted by her cover-girl face every time he passes a newsstand. He even conjures her face before he hits the pavement on "My Hit and Run," which chronicles a motorcycle accident. 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. --Jaan Uhelszki
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"Out of the Vein" hits the mark on all points. Jenkins love-life is such public knowledge that you feel almost guiltily vouyeristic in listening to the songs about his former girlfriend, supermodel and actress Charlize Theron. These are some seriously personal songs, people! He deals with this breakup with reflections of his romantic life in everyday happenings and significant events, such as his motorcycle crash. "My Hit and Run" is one of the best songs they have ever written.
Lyrically, this album ranges from deeply poetic to sarcastically goofy, but always in a deliberate manner. I think they may have written their strongest lyrics yet.
Musically, you have the layered, crescendoing trademark 3EB sound that we fans love. Improved is the musicianship and the backing vocals are much stronger on this album than any previous. They are a tighter band than ever before, and Jenkins vocal range has expanded and become more accurate and effortless.
Is it superior to the first album? Its incredibly close, but for me the first album has so many milestone personal associations on each song I would be hard pressed to appreciate this one more. Still yet, each time I listen to OOTV I gain a broader appreciation for it. This is a remarkable CD.
Bottom line: Take your [money] and immediately go buy this album. It's a masterpiece of therapeutic songwriting and infectious melodies that will make it a regular in your CD player.
My point? This album IS different and it IS good. TEB fans should grow with the band and accept this new material . Listen to it, let it into your head and you will see that this is good songwriting.
One minor note, the track listing above is way off. Here's the right one:
3. Forget Myself
5. Crystal Baler
6. My Hit and Run
8. Can't Get Away
9. Wake for Young Souls
10. Palm Reader
11. Self Righteous
13. Good Man
i think Jenkins got a little bit too influenced by the EmoPunk bands out there today and didnt stick the the alternative rock style that 3eb was built on. there is alot more instrumentation going on in OOTV than in Self titled with a poppier slightly faster pace. this is an occasion where more guitars is bad, too much going on and you cant make out the differnt players well. also all the guitar solos are gone, the songs typically have a very stready and plain pace.
also, too much heartbreak without deep emotion in this cd. their first 2 cd had themes of revenge, suicide, death of a friend, alcholism, frienship, rape, drugs, self pity, and love. this cd is all about heartache. 3eb use to be able to hit alot different emotions on 1 cd. this one gets repetitive.