Third Eye Blind (album)

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Third Eye Blind
Studio album by Third Eye Blind
Released April 8, 1997
Recorded 1995-1996 at assorted studios in San Francisco, USA
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, power pop
Length 57:40
Label Elektra
Producer Stephan Jenkins, Eric Valentine
Third Eye Blind chronology
Third Eye Blind
(1997)
Blue
(1999)
Singles from Third Eye Blind
  1. "Semi-Charmed Life"
    Released: June 17, 1997
  2. "How's It Going to Be"
    Released: November 18, 1997
  3. "Graduate"
    Released: March 20, 1998
  4. "Losing a Whole Year"
    Released: September 14, 1998
  5. "Jumper"
    Released: November 24, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Answers.com 3.5/5 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly (B) [3]
Robert Christgau (neither) [4]

Third Eye Blind is the eponymous debut for the American alternative rock band Third Eye Blind, originally released on April 8, 1997. It spawned several singles, including top 10 charting "Semi-Charmed Life", "Jumper", and "How's It Going to Be".

Reception[edit]

While Third Eye Blind only peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200, it spent 104 weeks on the chart.[5] Three singles from the album charted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100: "Semi-Charmed Life", "Jumper", and "How's It Going to Be".[5] It is the group's best selling album, having been certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA.[6]

Cover art[edit]

There are variations of the cover art. The first US issue of Third Eye Blind, approximately 500,000 copies, featured a gold-tinted cover photograph with a dark red band logo. The photo was then changed to red with a yellow logo (seen above) at the band's request. UK and other Continental European nations continued offering the gold edition, and Japan had a cyan, negative photo cover.[7]

Sound and lyrics[edit]

Many of the feelings explored in the album's lyrics are predominantly melancholic, especially in the final three tracks: The Background, Motorcycle Drive By, and God of Wine.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Losing a Whole Year"     3:21
2. "Narcolepsy"     3:49
3. "Semi-Charmed Life"   Jenkins 4:29
4. "Jumper"   Jenkins 4:33
5. "Graduate"     3:10
6. "How's It Going to Be"     4:14
7. "Thanks a Lot"     4:58
8. "Burning Man"     3:00
9. "Good for You"     3:52
10. "London"     3:07
11. "I Want You"   Jenkins 4:29
12. "The Background"     4:57
13. "Motorcycle Drive By"   Jenkins 4:23
14. "God of Wine"     5:18
Total length:
57:40

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Third Eye Blind (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Answers.com review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ a b Trust, Gary, Alex Vitoulis, et al. "Reba McEntire Nets Second No. 1 On Billboard 200". billboard.biz. August 28, 2009.
  6. ^ "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  7. ^ "Third Eye Blind". Andrew-Turnbull.net. Retrieved on 12-12-08.

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