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Alternative & Indie - Released April 8, 1997 | Rhino - Elektra

Third Eye Blind's eponymous debut is catchier than the average post-grunge album, and that fact alone reveals a lot about the band. Instead of relying on standard, plodding grunge influences, Third Eye Blind draw heavily from the simple hook-laden traditions of classic arena rock, which makes the album more immediate. Unfortunately, this also makes it a little simplistic -- the group can craft a naggingly memorable hook, as evidenced by the single "Semi-Charmed Life," but they aren't always able to fashion them into songs. Still, Third Eye Blind is easy on the ears, and its straight-ahead professionalism makes it a pleasurable listen for post-grungers. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Released November 23, 1999 | Elektra Records

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. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Released October 18, 2019 | Mega Collider Records

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Pop - Released June 9, 2017 | Rhino - Elektra

Third Eye Blind's eponymous debut is catchier than the average post-grunge album, and that fact alone reveals a lot about the band. Instead of relying on standard, plodding grunge influences, Third Eye Blind draw heavily from the simple hook-laden traditions of classic arena rock, which makes the album more immediate. Unfortunately, this also makes it a little simplistic -- the group can craft a naggingly memorable hook, as evidenced by the single "Semi-Charmed Life," but they aren't always able to fashion them into songs. Still, Third Eye Blind is easy on the ears, and its straight-ahead professionalism makes it a pleasurable listen for post-grungers. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Released May 13, 2003 | Rhino - Elektra

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Pop - Released November 11, 2013 | Rhino - Elektra

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Rock - Released August 17, 2009 | Mega Collider Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 18, 2006 | Rhino - Elektra

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 7, 2016 | Mega Collider Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 27, 2015 | Mega Collider Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 22, 2020 | Mega Collider Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 24, 2018 | Mega Collider Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 24, 2017 | Mega Collider Records

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Pop - Released August 17, 2009 | Rhino - Elektra

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 30, 2021 | MegaCollider Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 20, 2021 | MegaCollider Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 26, 2016 | Mega Collider Records

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Rock - Released October 4, 2019 | Mega Collider Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 22, 2018 | Mega Collider Records

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Rock - Released September 13, 2019 | Mega Collider Records