By Krystyna Wolny, Courier Staff Writer
San Francisco’s Third Eye Blind released Ursa Major in August 2009, which is their first album in six years. Being a former Third Eye Blind fan I took this opportunity to reconnect with my inner liking for rock, and I wasn’t too disappointed.
Overall, their music hasn’t changed much, but it seems to be edgier and more intense, especially in terms of the complexity of the songs. Each song is different, which is something that definitely stood out to me, as songs usually have a similar sound to them on most other artists’ albums.
One song, “Bonfire” has more of a country sound to it, definitely setting itself apart from the rest of the album. And a one minute song called, “Carnival Barker”, is just an instrumental. My personal favorite is “Summer Town”,a song about relationships that come and go, reminds me more of something from their older albums.
This album consists of many more slow songs, which is getting a mixed reaction from fans. But for six years of working on this album, I’d say they did a good job, definitely meeting more expectations than I had initially. However, I tend to be a fan of a bands’ original works, personally, and I find their older albums catchier. Then again, this is all just a matter of opinion.