22 Songs, 1 Hour 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Third Eye Blind shot to alt-rock stardom on the back of “Semi-Charmed Life,” which threw together scuzz-life lyrics, slacker rapping, and a maddeningly catchy hook (“do do do, do do-do dooo”) to create a power-pop postcard from the brink. Their 1997 debut’s anti-suicide ballad, “Jumper,” and autoharp-tinged portrait of regret, “How’s It Going to Be,” combine tenderness with catchy choruses; the slowly building album closer, “God of Wine,” reveals their rock-god bona fides. This reissue adds demos of “Semi-Charmed Life” and the too-controversial-for-1997 track “Slow Motion,” as well as a fuzzed-out cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Heroin.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Third Eye Blind shot to alt-rock stardom on the back of “Semi-Charmed Life,” which threw together scuzz-life lyrics, slacker rapping, and a maddeningly catchy hook (“do do do, do do-do dooo”) to create a power-pop postcard from the brink. Their 1997 debut’s anti-suicide ballad, “Jumper,” and autoharp-tinged portrait of regret, “How’s It Going to Be,” combine tenderness with catchy choruses; the slowly building album closer, “God of Wine,” reveals their rock-god bona fides. This reissue adds demos of “Semi-Charmed Life” and the too-controversial-for-1997 track “Slow Motion,” as well as a fuzzed-out cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Heroin.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

SweetHomeChicago96 ,

An album that still stands out

My taste in music is always expanding, but very few albums stick with me throughout all the changes I undergo in life. 3EB is one of those albums, and I adore it for all of its pop appeal, charm, and emotion. This album can be joyous and dark simultaneously, but it always brings good vibes. Thank you 3EB for this masterpiece.

MinusTheSnake ,

Avoid at all costs, buy the original

The version of "Graduate" on this reissue is a new edit that has the first second of the song clipped off and has tons of extra backing vocals added for no reason. People want a remaster of the album they already love, not some awful new remix you created because you're bored of the original. On top of that, the bonus disc omits tons of great demos from the era, excellent b-side "Horror Show" (which is still not available to download or stream anywhere) and the original version of "Tattoo of the Sun". There's plenty of room on the "bonus disc" to include more tracks and it was lazy not to. I would've loved to buy this album for a forth or fifth time because it's one of my favorites, but with all of these garbage mistakes, I'm avoiding. The original master sounds great and everyone should just buy that.

notwithstanding ,

meh

where's "Horror Show" and the original "Tattoo Of The Sun". those were classic self-titled outtakes that were used as b-sides and should have certainly been included on this reissue. also, fans have been trading cassette copies of the albums demos fot years. why not do new mixes of those demos for inclusion and get a better clearer copy out for those who have worn out their low generation dubs for the last 20 years? a handful of demos and a new recording seem kinda half assed compared to what they COULD have done with this reissue

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