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Nineties alt-rock vets can still bring the irony — and the hooks

Third Eye Blind

Five albums and 18 years down the road from “Semi-Charmed Life,” Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins still rocks the same springy sing-rap, and he’s still got a knack for spinning sunshine out of moody tunes — “Everything Is Easy” and “Back to Zero” reimagine the Cure and Arcade Fire as radio gold, and “Rites of Passage” kicks references to Occupy and Bowie over a bounce Chandler Bing could get down to. Jenkins’ Nineties irony rages forth on “Get Me Out of Here,” about a rocker whose fantasy is reaching its expiration date. But there’s enough hooky music here to suggest Jenkins is hellbent on making sure that won’t happen to him.

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