A “Semi-Charmed” comeback



After nearly five years of quiet, Third Eye Blind is showing signs of life.

The alternative pop/rock group got its start in the mid ‘90s with hits like “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper” along side their post-punk peers.

The group would ride its success into the early 2000s until in 2004 Elektra would merge with Atlantic Records. The label dropped over 80 acts from their lineup and Third Eye Blind was among the casualties. The phasing out of post-grunge acts and being dropped from the label seemed as though it would spell the end for Third Eye Blind.

After five years without new material, the group’s fourth album, “Ursa Major,” was released under Mega Collider records. The album debut at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200, the highest appearance the group has ever made on the charts.

“Ursa Major,” written during the tail end of George W. Bush’s administration, was a bit much more politically driven than their previous releases.

While a distinction may be made between the lyrical content of “Ursa Major” and their previous efforts, sonically the group stayed true to its roots.

“Ursa Major” is still driven primarily by unshakable hooks and electric guitars, all encased in witty lyricism. However, those who appreciated the suggestive nature of the group’s past albums will feel as though something is missing.

What Third Eye Blind did remarkably well was ensure their trademark sound wouldn’t appear dated. Whether the credit goes to their writing or their producers is a point of debate.

Regardless, the final result is an album that sounds perfectly at home on modern radio, without abandoning the sound that made them feel at home on the radio 15 years ago.

Seven months after the release of their long-awaited album, Third Eye Blind is bringing their tour to the bluegrass.

Third Eye Blind will be performing at Buster’s Billiards and Backroom on Monday evening. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. The show is 18-and-up.