Third Eye Blind

Thanks for Everything

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Stephan Jenkins designed Thanks for Everything, a seven-song covers EP that doubles as a benefit for Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum, as a way to "amplify" music he and the rest of Third Eye Blind find inspiring. His choices are telling. Jenkins primarily concentrates on peers who are considered a bit edgier than 3EB: stark neo-folkie Bon Iver, genre-bending indie-R&B icon Santigold, shambling Brit-rocker Pete Doherty, malevolent imps Queens of the Stone Age, and upcomers Happy Diving and Chastity Belt. To this hip mix, a cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" is added. It's an eclectic mix and, in Third Eye Blind's hands, they all sound like Third Eye Blind: strident, earnest, urgent, and square. 3EB play for the rafters and Jenkins sings in a straight line, so whatever idiosyncrasies that were in the originals are now flattened out, so these eccentric selections seem like clean, polished commercial rock from the glory days of Y2K.

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