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Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major

Third Eye Blind - Ursa MajorAfter six long years of putting up with their damn excuses, Third Eye Blind has finally released their fourth album, Ursa Major. The best part? It was totally worth the wait.

It’s so easy to dismiss Third Eye Blind in that wave of mid-90’s radio rock like Train and Matchbox 20, but people who have really listened to Third Eye Blind know what’s up. Even after six years of vacant, musical space, people will still defend them to the death. And this album just backs them up even more.

This album will be blared from open car windows on sun-filled summer days. This album will be played when life simply sucks. This album will be played when memories are made. That’s just what Third Eye Blind does.

Lit - A Place in the SunIt’s got it’s radio hits, including the first single, “Don’t Believe A Word”, a political commentary with a damn catchy tune. Speaking of that 90’s vibe, it’s got this Lit thing going on with it. Perhaps it’s the duality of the vocals. Remember Lit? The one hit wonders with “My Own Worst Enemy”? Yeah, I love that album, so fuck off. I love shitty 90’s music and you can’t stop me! Wow, went way off on that one, but yeah, other hits include the guitar and angst ridden, “Can’t You Take Me?”, and I’m thinking “Water Landing”. They released a track not that long ago called “Break Me” that I think eventually morphed into this song. I liked the tempo of “Break Me” more, but it’s still pretty sweet.

And don’t worry, there’s still those Jenkins style acoustic-inspired tracks that we’ve come to expect. “Dao of St. Paul”, “Monotov’s Private Opera”, and “Bonfire” come to mind, the last being the best of the three, with a sing-a-long chorus and Jenkins’ soothing vocals.

This album has something for everyone…catchy pop songs with parasitic choruses, politics, broken hearts, masturbation, and lesbians. Who knew? Really, it’s a well rounded album and it really has lived up to it’s six years of hype. There’s rumored to be another album coming out, Ursa Minor, comprised of the tracks that didn’t make the cut for Ursa Major. I was really wondering what happened to songs like “Red Star”, “Persephone”, and “Non-Dairy Creamer”. (I watched the track listing for this album on Wikipedia change almost monthly for the past six months) Hopefully, they won’t make us wait another six years for this one! B

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Third Eye Blind’s new album postponed…

3EB Band ShotThird Eye Blind’s fourth full-length album, Ursa Major, has been postponed and I am very, very sad. I’ve been waiting since 2003 for this album, goddamnit, and I want it now! A few (possible) tracks have been available on the band’s Myspace, as well as leaked, but I want the whole album!

According to the band’s Wikipedia page, there isn’t even a final track listing done yet. Boo. I started researching this album months ago to prepare myself for the review to end all reviews. In those few months, the prospective song listing has changed at least 3 times.

So, for all those other 3EB fans waiting patiently, this one’s for you:

Third Eye Blind – Don’t Believe A Word
Cigarette’s make an ember stain
Notes scribbled on paper chain
Ever get the feeling that you’ve been cheated?
You busted out, you’ve been defeated
All strong bones we hold no water
A big fake smile and you try harder
Time wound down and you’ve been cached
Half measures are all half-assed!
How did I ever end up this way?
‘Cause I go numb in disarray
I cultivate my ignorance
Didn’t I have some standards once?
I hate you down to your boots

We wanted clever, we settled for cute and
Remember the times I looked in your eyes
All the times we rhapsodized
Do not love you will find no trust and
Do not touch you will find no such
Give me back my photos, will you?
You fucking whore I’ll kill you!

Every fake is everything
Some dull ache replace the sting
Rap stars brag and shoot each other
And entertain just like no other
We love thugs when they attack and
We love crime all black on black and
Isn’t this you, cruel-hearted fake?
Isn’t this more than you can take!

Found a bomb with big linch pins
Yay for the bullies, they always win
All sensation makes no sense
Some insane confidence
Isn’t this you, cruel-hearted fake?
Isn’t this more than you can take?
Scandalize now with such ease
Stress this secular disease
Sermon tells a soldier squeeze
The trigger on our enemies
We’re all alive, all alone
Til you come home
Please come home

Don’t believe a word
Just keep on dreamin’
Please don’t believe a word
Pretty soon we’ll wake up screamin’
Yeah don’t believe it!
Just keep on dreamin’
Please don’t believe a word
Pretty soon we’ll wake up screamin’

Non Dairy Creamer – Live

Be patient, 3EB fans, it’ll be worth the wait!

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