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Yourself or Someone Like You

Review Matchbox 20's debut album Yourself or Someone Like You is a remarkably sophisticated album from so young a band. From the groove that buoys the disarmingly rustic "Back 2 Good," to the incendiary rush that surges through "Busted," Matchbox 20 never fails to strike a universal chord. The band's distinctive vocals and incisive hooks give the songs an emotional undertow that is perfectly matched by the band's instrumental skills.

Certified Multi-Platinum (12 times) by the RIAA. (10/01)


Mad Season

Review The sound of Southern rock gets a facelift for the '90s on Yourself or Someone Like You, the record that made Florida's Matchbox 20 a success story. Rob Thomas's charismatic and passionate vocal delivery carries this collection of captivating, personal-story songs, based on honest, heart-felt lyrics rich with cathartic emotion. Anyone who's felt so scarred by love that they can't imagine taking the chance of getting hurt again will relate to a song like "Push" (an exhilarating feminist anthem disguised as just another relationship-on-the-rocks song). A much-needed break from the alternative pack. --Gail Worley
More Than You Think You Are

Review North marks Matchbox Twenty s fourth full-length studio recording and first all-new album in a decade. "The title refers to us finding our way," says Matchbox Twenty s Paul Doucette. "We went into this record with a lot of material. Many different songs that could have taken us in many different directions. It sort of overwhelmed us for a bit. But, at a certain point, we figured it out. We figured out where North was."

North sees Matchbox Twenty driving their pop-rock sound further forward; magnifying the indelible melodies, crafty lyricism, and glorious hooks that have always defined their multi-platinum body of work. The band Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook and Brian Yale, lived together last Summer in a house in Nashville where they all collaborated on the new material before once again joining forces with the Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Serletic at his Emblem Studios in Calabasas, California. The result of their labors stands among Matchbox Twenty s finest, with songs like "Overjoyed" and "Put Your Hands Up" marked by the band s instantly identifiable sonic approach and unadulterated high spirits.
Exile On Mainstream (2CD)

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Release Date: 2-OCT-2007
North

Review After 28 million records sold worldwide, 5 Grammy nominations, and more #1 hits and weeks at #1 than any other artist in history at Adult Top 40 and Modern AC, Melisma/Atlantic recording group matchbox twenty is overdue for a Greatest Hits package. In order to create something truly special for their fans, the band returned to the studio to record their first new material in five years. Grammy-winning producer Steve Lillywhite oversaw the sessions in L.A., marking the band s first work with the renowned producer - whose credits include the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, and many others. Out of the session came six brand-new songs, turning the package into a new EP with a bonus of 11 matchbox twenty hits. The new tracks also mark their first recordings as a foursome.

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Cradlesong

Review The long-awaited second Melisma/Lava/Atlantic release from matchbox twenty, stands as a great leap forward for one of today's most compelling rock n' roll groups. Following the stunning success of their explosive 1996 debut, YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU, this soul-infused collection of modern classics amply demonstrates the band's remarkably expressive range and power.

Having spent nearly 600 nights on the road since the release of YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU, matchbox twenty has grown into a creative musical machine firing on all cylinders. Thomas' rich vocals have ripened in both strength and maturity, as have Kyle Cook and Adam Gaynor's heartfelt harmonies and chiming twin guitar arrangements. Binding these elements together is the inventive, propulsive rhythm section of bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette. mad season by matchbox twenty highlights the continuing development of Thomas' gifts as a writer, with songs focusing on the binding elements of our increasingly unconnected world. In addition, the album features a no-holds-barred sonic approach which incorprates new musical texture - such as intricate orchestrations and fierce horn sections.

Recorded in Atlanta and Nashville during the second half of 1999, mad season by matchbox twenty was produced by Matt Serletic, the man behind the board for YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU. Late last year, that album - a Billboard Top Five smash - earned the RIAA's prestigious Diamond Award, marking certified U.S. sales in excess of 10 million units.

Certified Multi-Platinum (4 times) by the RIAA. (10/01)


Something To Be

Review Sell 10 million copies of your debut album and you might find yourself putting on a few airs. Evidence that it's happened to matchbox twenty can be found in the new, spelled-out format of their all-lowercased name and the pretentious insertion of that name into the title of this, their sophomore set. The level of popularity achieved by their 1996 debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, posed a more profound problem, though--should they follow in the footsteps of that smash effort, or strike out in a different direction? To their credit, the Orlando quintet puts their massive popularity on the line by opting mostly for the latter course: there are no obvious retreads here of earlier hits such as "Push," "3 a.m.," and "Real World"--or of "Smooth," the multiple-Grammy-winning Santana hit penned and sung by matchbox frontman Rob Thomas. Instead, the album sports a nice mix of material that is catchy, but may take a little longer to settle into your memory banks, such as the moody yet intense "Bent," the horn-driven rocker "Black & White People," and several songs examining various aspects of relationships, "If You're Gone," "Rest Stop," and "Bed of Lies." Whatever the members of matchbox twenty want to call themselves, these guys may yet be able to have it all--artistic growth as well as massive sales. They're not headed for Hootieville just yet. --Daniel Durchholz
Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - The Singles

Review Melisma/Atlantic recording artist Matchbox Twenty is ready to rock with their eagerly anticipated third album, MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE. Produced by matchbox twenty's longtime studio collaborator Matt Serletic, the new album - which features the hit single, "Disease" - was recorded at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York and at The Hit Factory in New York City.

"This is probably the most rockin' record we've ever done," says the band's lead singer/songwriter Rob Thomas, "Because we've been working with Greg Collins, who's engineered bands like System of a Down and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and mixer Jim Scott, who's worked with people like Wilco and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. But at the same time, there's a warmness to the record, a real organic quality that I just love."


The Great Unknown

Review Florida's megaplatinum matchbox twenty prove with their third album to be far more versatile than expected, comfortably outlasting the predictions of naysayers. Reuniting with producer Matt Serletic, the quintet takes credible swings at gospel ("Downfall" features a choir), Traveling Wilburys-type twang ("All I Need"), and big-arena rock with "Disease," cowritten by singer Rob Thomas and Mick Jagger and winkingly recalling Thomas's star turn with Carlos Santana on "Smooth." Pedal-steel great Greg Leisz spruces up several tracks, notably the tearjerker "Hand Me Down," while producer and keyboardist Serletic and percussionist Paul Doucette sprinkle instrumental pixie dust. More Than You Think You Are isn't likely to appease critics, who have consistently accused matchbox twenty of yelling when a whisper would do, but fans of the group are certain to dig these panoramic songs, each drawn in broad, vivid strokes. --Kim Hughes
Third Eye Blind

Review 2-DVD set * Total running time 220 minutes - over 3« hours * 20 songs, including all their hits such as "Push," "3 AM," "Bent," "Unwell" and the current smash "Bright Lights" * Filmed in high-definition format with 17 cameras * Bonus features: 50 minute documentary, behind-the-scenes photo gallery, and two songs in multi-angle viewing format * Video presentation: 16 x 9 anamorphic widescreen * Audio options: Dolby ® Digital Stereo, Dolby ® 5.1 Surround Sound, SRS Circle Surround 5.1 Rock sensations Matchbox Twenty have sold over 25 million records, had nine #1 singles, and been nominated for four Grammy® awards. On June 28, 2003, the band gave the show of a lifetime at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Performing hit after hit, they played with the intensity of the multi-platinum artists they are, creating an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of their early club days. Show: A Night In The Life Of Matchbox Twenty captures all the nuances of this stellar live performance in incredible visual and sonic detail.

Songs Include:
1 Cold: 4:04
2 Real World: 3:53
3 All I Need: 4:40
4 Soul: 4:56
5 Disease: 3:46
6 Could I Be You: 4:39
7 3 AM: 3:52
8 Mad Season: 4:43
9 Feel: 3:30
10 Hand Me Down: 6:06
11 If You're Gone: 6:29
12 Bright Lights: 4:44
13 Bent: 4:38
14 Unwell: 5:11
15 Back to Good: 5:57
16 Downfall: 5:03
17 You're So Real: 4:17
18 So Sad So Lonely: 4:17
19 Long Day: 4:05
20 Push: 5:43


August And Everything After

Review Taped at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on June 28, 2003, Matchbox Twenty's Show depicts a hard-working rock band in its prime and in its element. The full spectacle of Matchbox Twenty's More Than You Think You Are tour comes across, from the band's world-class lights to its lock-tight playing, recorded and mixed for 5.1-channel surround and shot in gloriously film-like high-definition video under the direction of Hamish Hamilton (Madonna, U2, Jennifer Lopez).

As on record, Matchbox Twenty's acute sensitivity to pop dynamics carries the day, showcasing drummer Paul Doucette's propulsive attacks, lead guitarist Kyle Cook's vocals and fretwork, and the soulful belting of lead singer-songwriter Rob Thomas. (The less said of Thomas's occasional piano playing, the better.) The concert itself is free from interview footage and other distractions, and the 45-minute documentary included on disc 2 is candid and focused, revealing the effort required to mount and execute an arena tour.

Dolby Digital 5.1 is the best way to hear the concert, even if you collapse it to stereo, as the Dolby 2.0 tracks are marred by matrixed SRS Circle Surround 5.1 encoding. The presence of the SRS processing is confusing, given the superior Dolby-only sound and the broad household penetration of Dolby-based AV receivers. Alas, there's no DTS surround mix (as advertised in print) or CD-quality PCM stereo mix. --Michael Mikesell


North

Review Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced the release of his hugely anticipated new album. "THE GREAT UNKNOWN" - the multiple-GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter's first new solo album in more than six years - arrives everywhere on Friday, August 21st.
More Than You Think You Are

Review Arguably the most accomplished singer/songwriter of his generation,
Rob Thomas is one of modern music's most compelling and commercially
successful artists. Between Matchbox Twenty, his solo work, and his
various collaborations with iconic artists like Santana and Mick Jagger,
his tally now stands at more than 80 million albums sold worldwide.
The latest magical collection of Thomas-crafted inspiration is his
second solo album, cradlesong. The new album follows his 2005 multiplatinum solo debut, ...Something To Be, which made history as the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to debut at No. 1 on The
Billboard 200 since the chart was launched 50 years earlier. The album
earned a pair of Grammy nominations and spawned a string of hit singles, including the smash 'Lonely No More' which was #1 in 15 countries. cradlesong, with Matt Serletic again in the producer's chair, was forged in a creatively charged atmosphere. The result is a percussive rock record that pulses with passion and energy and portrays a world he views with boundless optimism. Despite the occasionally discouraging lyric, Thomas infuses that hopeful spirit into cradlesong. 'I'm not a
mopey person; I don't get satisfaction in heartache and despair. With the exception of a few things that start dark and stay dark, there's usually a hopefulness at the end of each song,' he says. 'There has to be; it s the hopeful part that makes you want to share them with people. It's the hopeful part that says you found some secret in the pain and maybe some other people will, too.'
Exile On Mainstream (2CD)

Review Limited edition six-tracker includes rare, live and acoustic songs and the never before released 'Suffer Me'. Now out of print in the USA.
Mad Season

Review Platinum hitmakers Matchbox Twenty hit the stage and tell the tales for the groundbreaking VH1 series, "Storytellers." Starting with their 1996 debut, "Yourself or Someone Like You," Matchbox Twenty has built a devoted following that continues to grow with each new record and tour. Filmed at New York City's Chelsea Piers, Matchbox Twenty perform their many hits including a stripped-down version of the timeless "3 A.M." with Rob Thomas at the piano. Songs: Bent, Mad Season, Black and White People, Push, If You're Gone, Crutch, Lonely Weekend, You Won't Be Mine, Rest Stop, 3 AM.
Cradlesong

Review The music of Matchbox Twenty--or, more accurately, singer-songwriter Rob Thomas and his backup band--is spotlighted in this 10-song, hour-long Storytellers entry, recorded in New York in February 2001. Does a band whose entire oeuvre at the time consisted of just two albums deserve the same relatively prestigious showcase previously granted to the likes of David Bowie, the Pretenders, and Elvis Costello? That's certainly debatable; then again, perhaps this is what you get for appearing on a gazillion-seller like Carlos Santana's Supernatural, as Thomas did. In any event, Thomas is a personable, garrulous fellow with a distinctive voice (familiar to all from Santana's "Smooth") and some pretty good tunes ("Push," "If You're Gone"). And make no mistake about it: this is his show, as the other musicians (including a horn section on several numbers) barely get a word in edgewise. DVD bonus features include a music-only option and one additional song. --Sam Graham
Yourself or Someone Like You

Review Matchbox 20's debut album Yourself or Someone Like You is a remarkably sophisticated album from so young a band. From the groove that buoys the disarmingly rustic "Back 2 Good," to the incendiary rush that surges through "Busted," Matchbox 20 never fails to strike a universal chord. The band's distinctive vocals and incisive hooks give the songs an emotional undertow that is perfectly matched by the band's instrumental skills.

Certified Multi-Platinum (12 times) by the RIAA. (10/01)


The Great Unknown

Review The sound of Southern rock gets a facelift for the '90s on Yourself or Someone Like You, the record that made Florida's Matchbox 20 a success story. Rob Thomas's charismatic and passionate vocal delivery carries this collection of captivating, personal-story songs, based on honest, heart-felt lyrics rich with cathartic emotion. Anyone who's felt so scarred by love that they can't imagine taking the chance of getting hurt again will relate to a song like "Push" (an exhilarating feminist anthem disguised as just another relationship-on-the-rocks song). A much-needed break from the alternative pack. --Gail Worley
Something To Be

Review North marks Matchbox Twenty s fourth full-length studio recording and first all-new album in a decade. "The title refers to us finding our way," says Matchbox Twenty s Paul Doucette. "We went into this record with a lot of material. Many different songs that could have taken us in many different directions. It sort of overwhelmed us for a bit. But, at a certain point, we figured it out. We figured out where North was."

North sees Matchbox Twenty driving their pop-rock sound further forward; magnifying the indelible melodies, crafty lyricism, and glorious hooks that have always defined their multi-platinum body of work. The band Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook and Brian Yale, lived together last Summer in a house in Nashville where they all collaborated on the new material before once again joining forces with the Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Serletic at his Emblem Studios in Calabasas, California. The result of their labors stands among Matchbox Twenty s finest, with songs like "Overjoyed" and "Put Your Hands Up" marked by the band s instantly identifiable sonic approach and unadulterated high spirits.
Somewhere Under Wonderland [Deluxe Edition]

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 2-OCT-2007

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