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JANE STEVENSON

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Third Eye Blind
Elektra

Third Eye Blind threatened to become the next Matchbox 20 with their 1997 debut album of alt-pop-rock and its annoyingly catchy first hit single, Semi-Charmed Life.

 Thankfully, the group seems to have reined in the blandness factor somewhat on this followup collection, although it's not nearly as interesting as the band probably thinks.

 There's some pleasant power-pop urgency about Anything, the album opener and first single, while the next song, Wounded, is an emotional ballad about abuse that begins and ends low-key but revs up in between.

 Lead singer-songwriter Stephan Jenkins doubles as producer here, so you can blame him for any sonic misfires.

 Still, there are some nice touches: The Golden Gate Boys Choir weigh in at the end of the string-accompanied teen pregnancy song 10 Days Late; AC-DC crunchy guitar chords on 1000 Julys; Jenkins howling like Robert Plant on The Red Summer Sun; and a funky mid-song break on An Ode To Maybe.

 Likely chart-toppers include the poppy Never Let You Go and Farther, and the moody ballads Deep Inside Of You and Darkness.

Track Listing 01.Anything
  02.Wounded
  03.10 Days
  04.Never Let You Go
  05.Deep Inside Of You
  06.1000 July
  07.An Ode To Maybe
  08.The Red Summer Sun
  09.Camouflage
  10.Farther
  11.Slow Motion
  12.Darkness
  13.Darwin
 
 


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