Out of the Vein

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Out of the Vein
Out of the Vein.jpg
Studio album by Third Eye Blind
Released May 13, 2003
Recorded 2002–2003
Skywalker Sound[1]
Downtown San Francisco[1]
Genre Alternative rock
Length 61:08
Label Elektra
Producer Stephan Jenkins, Arion Salazar, and Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind chronology
Out of the Vein
A Collection
Singles from Out of The Vein
  1. "Blinded"
    Released: April 2003
  2. "Crystal Baller"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100 [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [3]
Entertainment Weekly (B) [4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [5]

Out of the Vein is the third studio album by the American rock band Third Eye Blind. Released on May 13, 2003, Out of the Vein is the band's first album with guitarist Tony Fredianelli, who replaced longtime guitarist Kevin Cadogan in 2000. It would also be Third Eye Blind's final album with Elektra Records.

Out of the Vein was recorded at the group's own Mourning Wood Studios in downtown San Francisco and at Skywalker Sound. Frontman Stephan Jenkins wanted the album to be called Crystal Baller, but the album's name was changed as the rest of the group didn't like the name.[6]


Out of the Vein was originally scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2002, but was delayed several times.[7][8] According to Jenkins, some of the reasons for the delay stemmed from a self-imposed pressure to live up to Third Eye Blind's previous successes, leading him to rewrite lyrics.[7][8] By the time the album was released, Elektra Records was in the midst of being absorbed into Atlantic Records, and Jenkins contends the group was not a priority: "Our record company ceased to exist the month the record was released," "Elektra Records imploded. It was just letterhead."[9]

Jenkins felt that Out of the Vein would mark "A new period for the band",[7] and added that "The first two albums were like two parts of the same piece. We've had a hiatus. This is a new beginning. We're developing a songbook that's getting richer."[10]

The album cover is by photographer Mick Rock, and according to Jenkins screams "rock joy".[7] The first 100,000 copies of the CD included a DVD documenting the making of the album.[7] The DVD also contains footage of the band practicing songs off the album (such as "Faster") in the studio and plays clips of a song that has yet to be released titled Invisible.

The vinyl version of the album, released in 2013 for the first time, includes different mixes of many songs from the original album.

Commercial Performance[edit]

The album had a strong debut at #12 on the Billboard 200 with 63,000 copies sold in its first week.[11] While Out of the Vein has yet to be certified by the RIAA, the album has sold about 500,000 copies as of March 2007.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Faster" Stephan Jenkins 3:32
2. "Blinded" Jenkins, Arion Salazar, Tony Fredianelli 4:22
3. "Forget Myself" Jenkins, Salazar 4:13
4. "Danger" Jenkins, Salazar, Fredianelli, Brad Hargreaves 3:12
5. "Crystal Baller" Jenkins 4:15
6. "My Hit and Run" Jenkins, Fredianelli 4:22
7. "Misfits" Jenkins 4:19
8. "Can't Get Away" Jenkins, Salazar 3:46
9. "Wake for Young Souls" Jenkins 4:37
10. "Palm Reader" Jenkins, Fredianelli 4:54
11. "Self Righteous" (with Kimya Dawson) Jenkins, Salazar 6:18
12. "Company" Jenkins, Fredianelli 3:54
13. "Good Man" / "Another Life" (hidden track) Jenkins 9:24
Total length: 61:08
Japanese exclusive
No. Title Length
14. "My Time in Exile" 3:17



  1. ^ a b Selvin, Joel. "Commercial Recording Studios Going the Way of the 8-track". San Francisco Chronicle. May 6, 2003.
  2. ^ Metacritic score
  3. ^ Out of the Vein at AllMusic
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived February 6, 2009)
  6. ^ Reyes, Kimberly. "He's So 'Vein'?". Entertainment Weekly. May 9, 2003.
  7. ^ a b c d e Guthrie, Julian. "He Can See Clearly Now". San Francisco Chronicle. April 20, 2003.
  8. ^ a b Author unknown. "Third Eye Blind Not 'Blinded' to Success". Yahoo! News. May 9, 2003.
  9. ^ a b Uhelszki, Jaan. "Third Eye Blind’s Second Coming". San Francisco Chronicle. March 11, 2007.
  10. ^ Hot Product. "You're So 'Vein'". billboard.com. May 12, 2003.
  11. ^ Hasty, Katey. "Marilyn Manson Posts 'Grotesque' At No. 1". billboard.com. May 21, 2003.

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