Saturday, September 12, 2009
Music Review For Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major
Ursa Major was released on August 17, 2009 by Third Eye Blind's own label Mega Collider. It is their first studio album in over 6 years. The album debuted at #3 on Billboard's 200 list and sold over 49,000 copies in its first week alone.
An alternative band that formed in 1993 in San Francisco, Third Eye Blind consists of members Stephan Jenkins (lead vocals, guitar), Brad Hargreaves (drums, percussion) and Tony Fredianelli (guitar, vocals). Original bassist Ario Salazar is currently not performing with the band and his future with Third Eye Blind is unclear. The band has issued an 'open door policy' regarding his return. In his absence, bassist Abe Millet of Inviolet Row, has been filling in with the band on stage.
Ursa Major was originally scheduled for a 2007 release date but was pushed back by lead singer Stephan Jenkins, who felt the album wasn't ready. Ursa Major is due to be followed up by another album entitled Ursa Minor.
I must be completely honest in saying, I had no idea these guys had another album released and when I found out, made a bee-line to obtain it. Turns out, a song I knew all the words to and had been singing for months but could not quite place the artists, was indeed Third Eye Blind's single debut Don't Believe a Word. The single had been released on June 5, 2009.
If you were a fan of the band in the 90's, you will remain a fan today. If you have never heard of Third Eye Blind, I urge you to pick up this CD...You will not be disappointed. From tracks like Sharp Knife, Why Can't You Be and One In Ten (my personal favorite), the band delivers. There is something beautiful and profound in Jenkins' writing style and the songs range from funny and quirky, to fast paced and exciting. Toss in a couple more emotional tunes and Third Eye Blind delivers a well rounded CD that you can pop in the player and walk away from, feeling confident you will love every song. I have acquired a new favorite from this disk and am very excited to see Third Eye Blind back on the stage, and to hear them on the airwaves.
Third Eye Blind will also be giving a free concert to benefit the United Way in Starkville, MS on September 25,2009. Not only are they a great band but they give back and show their appreciation to a great cause and to their loyal fans. Six years was a long wait. I hope we never have to wait that long again, but it was well worth it. This CD is great and I highly recommend it to all who love feel-good music. I am giving Ursa Major, 4 spiders, and when you take a listen you will know why.