Music Review: Third Eye Blind is back with solid 'Dopamine'

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Posted: Jun 17, 2015 8:54 AM

Third Eye Blind, "Dopamine" (Mega Collider)

It's been a few years since Stephan Jenkins pulled together some new musicians to call themselves Third Eye Blind. But regardless of what the band was during its megahit heyday and what it is now, Jenkins remains a consistent and capable leader on the latest album, "Dopamine."

The title track is a catchy reminder of how the power-jangle sounds of Third Eye Blind can catch the ear in all the right ways. The song's chunky cadence melds perfectly into upbeat moments as Jenkins sings about relationships that turn into addiction more than affinity.

On "All the Souls," Jenkins hits plenty of high notes as the pace builds, proving he still has plenty of vocal chops. It's one of the better tracks on a solid album. Whichever incarnation of Third Eye Blind you prefer, and for many it's the era of the band's hit "Semi-Charmed Life," this version is tight and the songwriting is clean and captivating.

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