EP REVIEW: Third Eye Blind – Thanks For Everything

Release Date: August 24th 2018
Label: Mega Collider Records
Website: www.thirdeyeblind.com
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Rating:

A good cover can do one of two things: it can transcend everything that you thought you knew about the original and turn it into something even more beautiful (like Johnny Cash‘s awe-inspiring version of Nine Inch Nails‘Hurt’), or it can bring a fun, light-hearted twist (see A Day To Remember‘s rendition of ‘Since U Been Gone’ by Kelly Clarkson).

As for a bad cover? Well, it can massacre everything that you once held dear about the song, and indeed the covering artist.

Third Eye Blind set out to produce an EP of tracks that inspire them with noble intentions. The title, ‘Thanks For Everything’, suggests they wanted to pay tribute to artists that have influenced them; a sentiment echoed by frontman Stephen Jenkins, who said “The idea with this EP was to amplify some of that music and art, and in doing so, catch inspiration for our next album.” Yet, what they’ve ended up with is a haphazard collection of songs that smacks of a band that have been riding on past glories for the last twenty years and are desperately trying to seem relevant again.

Anthemic rock might be Third Eye Blind‘s bread and butter, but it isn’t a genre that suits some of the more complex or delicate cuts on this EP, such as Bon Iver‘s ‘Blood Bank’ or Tim Buckley‘s ‘Song To The Siren’. Instead, what we’re left with are versions of very emotive songs that seem somehow completely devoid of feeling.

Meanwhile, their take on Babyshambles‘ ‘Fuck Forever’, a track for which the charm of the original relied solely on attitude and chaos, feels like it has been forced into a suit and tie and sent off to its first respectable day job.

Third Eye Blind might have gone into this project as a fun way of paying tribute to some songs they love, but all this EP really makes you want to do is listen to Queens Of The Stone Age and Bon Iver, showing that sometimes it’s better to just say your thanks rather than trying to show it.