I rarely make my way onto message boards nowadays, but I saw an interesting link on absolutepunk to an article questioning the relevance of Third Eye Blind, and why their influence seems to have grown between the 90’s and today. Here is the article, and below is one reader’s response that I found particularly interesting, maybe even correct:
By unmarketable_dog on 07/30/2009 at 6:47pm
Easy to answer: Stephan Jenkins is not a great musician. He is, however, a great producer. In an age when producers matter as much, if not more than, the “artist”, peoples’ ears get conditioned and studio bands like Third Eye Blind will only find their stature grow.
Listen to those songs on their two “main” albums: the production sounds magnificent; not a hair out of place. It’s to grunge and power-pop what Rick Astley is to Motown.
With that said, just like “Never Gonna Give You Up” has its merits (and Rick Astley has an awesome voice), 3EB could write a studio driven hit like few others, and the songs that get radio play I think do stand the test of time.
The real question, though, is to ask those 3EB loving kids how they feel about matchbox20, because they are the Rolling Stones to 3EB’s Beatles.