Third Eye Blind

You're So 'Vein'

3EBAfter enduring a four-year wait between recordings, the patience of Third Eye Blind loyalists will be rewarded this week when Elektra releases the group's new studio album, "Out of the Vein." Lead single "Blinded (When I See You)" is No. 28 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. Collaborations with Andrew W.K. and the Moldy Peaches' Kimya Dawson made the final cut for the album, but a pairing with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst was scrapped.

The 14-track "Out of the Vein" is an emotionally charged rock collection that came to life in a studio the foursome literally built themselves in their hometown of San Francisco. Cementing the band's do-it-yourself mentality, frontman Stephan Jenkins again took on production duties. Sessions wound up yielding enough material for an EP, live album, and an "unplugged" acoustic album.

"This album is going to be the beginning of a very productive, creative time for us," Jenkins says. "The first two albums were like two parts of the same piece. We've had a hiatus. This is a new beginning. We're developing a songbook that's getting richer." The set is the follow-up to 1999's "Blue," which debuted at No. 40 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.25 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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