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Third Eye Blind singer says albums unnecessary in digital age, everyone who bought Third Eye Blind records agrees

At the SanFran MusicTech Summit on Monday, keynote speaker Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of Third Eye Blind said that albums are unnecessary in today’s musical landscape.


"I don't think it's necessary or useful," Jenkins told several hundred conference attendees. "The album is an arbitrary concept. It's not something that has to exist."


Jenkins’ main point is that album filler makes albums unnecessary, and I’d tend to agree for most pop records. But that assertion doesn’t make any sense for albums that don’t have any filler (say, any record by TV on the Radio).


Saying pop stars don’t need to put out albums anymore is kind of late and obvious—the success of iTunes has made that clear. I’m not sure if I’d go to the dude from Third Eye Blind for my “future of the music business” talk.   


Jenkins also said at the conference that his band would be putting out three songs on iTunes instead of constructing an album to fit around the three songs. I’m sure anyone who put down money for Blue is thanking him right now. [Cnet

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Third Eye Blind

Ah man, you don't understand Third Eye Blind. They have written some of the most brutal and intense lyrical content. Check out "Slow Motion" for reference.


It's actually quite simple...

If you're a band and you have the TUNES, and PLENTY of them,
then just put out an album if you so desire. Those who like good music will appreciate the abundance of quality songs presented in a unified package--

Those who can only be bothered to write 1 or 2 decent songs a year, with the hope that at least one catches on with the public, just to keep one's star on the radar...well then, they're certainly welcome to do that just the same.

Certain listeners will still want albums in some form(at). The desire to enjoy a unified musical statement that lasts beyond most listener's attention spans still remains. But I'm being a bit presumptuous--not everybody is a music fan.

If some 44-year-old wants to get up on his soapbox and pander to the music-consuming habits of the MySpace generation, that's fine too--just don't pretend you're speaking for other musicians (who still have blood pumping thru their guts) about what's "necessary or useful."


Whoa Trent, I agree that if you have the songs or the concept like TVOTR or NIN then def put out albums.

But for kids that are starting out the financial costs of a true professional quality album are astronomical.

Putting out 3 or 4 songs digitally can be the ticket in the beginning.

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Andrew, and what have you contributed to music or art? Your lousy column?


Whoa settle down Brosephus.

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