It's been a long, long time since Third Eye Blind's self-titled album spent 104 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. In 1997 — back when many of us still listened to the radio and spent $20 on CDs at Tower Records — you couldn't escape "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper," or "How's It Going To Be." They had a good run, and some singles in the early 2000s also found moderate success. But music is different now, and Beyoncé is its ruler. As Third Eye Blind prepare to release their first complete album of new material since 2009, we can at least give the band credit for embracing these changing times. Yesterday, Stephen Jenkins and Co. released a cover of Beyoncé's "Mine" on YouTube. And they covered it in the most Third Eye Blind way imaginable.
As for the new single, well, it's a Third Eye Blind single in every sense. We're so very far from the days when 3EB, Matchbox Twenty, Sugar Ray, and the Goo Goo Dolls dominated adult rock charts. But these guys still know how to write a perfectly digestible (if forgettable) tune. So far, it's tallied nearly 73,000 plays on Spotify; clearly some people are still fond of this sound. (The play count for "Semi-Charmed Life" is over 24 million.) The full-length album, Dopamine, will be released on June 15th.