Third Eye's second helping left me feeling far from Blue

Review by Jack Foley

THIRD Eye who? You might find yourself asking, but Third Eye Blind are a big band from the US who have so far failed to make much of an impression in the UK.

Which is a shame, given that this energetic band is well worth checking out, particularly if you like your rock `n' roll loud and gutsy.

Stephan Jenkins and co first grabbed hold of my attention with the under-played single Semi-Charmed Life and they refused to let go since.

Blue is their second album and while not quite as good as the self titled debut, it is a very lively collection of songs which has some truly sublime high points.

Take Never Let You Go, for instance, a track which was released over here but which, again, failed to ignite. Never Let You Go is tremendous fun, featuring some great, distinctive guitar rifts, a brilliantly catchy chorus and some nice lyrics (`That girl is like a sunburn I would like to save').

If the rest of the album pales by comparison there is still plenty to admire, thrash around to and sing at the top of your voice - never more so than during the opening track Anything.

But to write off Third Eye Blind as merely a headbanging band would be wrong - part of their allure lies in their diversity as the way in which Blue flits from heavy rock to slow building rock ballads proves.

A good case in point is Wounded, typical of the band's ability to write good, strong songs.

Deep Inside Of You is another good example of this, as is the ultra mellow Slow Motion, which mixes piano and guitar to brilliantly soothing effect.

It is moments like these which make Blue a worthy follow up to Third Eye Blind which offers plenty for first time listeners to get their teeth into.

1) Anything
2) Wounded
3) Ten Days Late
4) Never Let You Go
5) Deep Inside Of You
6) 1,000 Julys
7) An Ode To Maybe
8) The Red Summer Sun
9) Camouflage
10) Farther
11) Slow Motion
12) Darkness
13) Darwin