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I've reviewed Matchbox 20's latest offering on Dooyoo already, and I thought I'd review their back catalogue too! For those of you unfamiliar with the band, they are a 5 piece US rock group fronted by Rob Thomas, who is probably more famous than his band over here after solo success with 'Lonely no More' and the duet 'Smooth' with Carlos Santana.
'Yourself or Someone Like You' was Matchbox 20's first album released back in 1996. It a firm favourite of mine and one that I constantly go back to and play again. It's one of those albums that you don't need to listen a few times to get into. I instantly fell in love with the music on first listen. Since this debut they've constantly delivered and their songs don't get tired on repeat listenings. I think this is why Matchbox Twenty fans really do stay true fans.
If you are familiar with Rob Thomas' solo offerings you get the genre that Matchbox fits into, but don't think they are on a par. Talented as he is, I felt that his solo efforts were not a patch on Matchbox 20's music and I hope they continue producing albums as good as this one. Yes, they fit into the rock category, but they are not heavy by any means.. think Bon Jovi with more clever lyrics and no leather.
Rob's fantastic voice and emotional, sometimes bitchy lyrics combined with stick in your head melodies make every track on this album a winner...
1- 'Real World' opens the album, an upbeat track about wandering what's it like to be a superhero, amoungst other things, silly in places..but after a few listens you'll have picked up the words and will be singing along.
BEST LYRIC - 'I get this funky high on yellow sun' 9/10
2- 'Long Day' brings the mood down a little. This track is about a guy who's girl has left. Emotional and Thomas sings it so you believe every word he's saying.
BEST LYRIC - 'I can't get myself to go away' 10/10
3- '3am' Another slow, emotional one about a strained relationship. They included this one in their recent album 'Exile on Mainstream' as a 'best of' and rightly so as it's a fantastic track.
BEST LYRIC- 'She thinks that happiness is a mat that sits on her doorway' 8/10
4- 'Push' Starts of slowly, but it's really bulids up to, in a way, almost theatrical end with some powerful vocals.
BEST LYRIC- 'my face don't seem to wanna shine cuz it's a little bit dirty' 8/10
5- 'Girl Like That' This is a favourite, upbeat and punchy. It's about an impossible girl and the chorus is brilliant.
BEST LYRIC - 'Well you got to think with a girl like that any love at all is better than nothing' 10/10
6- 'Back 2 Good' No, it's not a Take That cover, actually it's not as good. I think this is low point of the album, at at over 5 minutes the longest. Still not a bad track though, and lesser bands would be proud of it.
BEST LYRIC - 'everyone here hates everyone for doing just like they do' 6/10
7- 'Damn' I love this track. One for one of those days when you hates the world!
BEST LYRIC - 'This old world well don't it make you wanna think Damn?' 10/10
8- 'Argue' Not as aggressive a song as you may think from the title. A short but strong track.
BEST LYRIC - 'I still believe in ignorance as my best defense' 9/10
9- 'Kody' A melancholy track, has a different from the others, in the third person, tells the story of a lonely guy who hits the bottle.
BEST LYRIC - 'If you've never heard that silence, it's a God awful sound' 8/10
10- 'Busted' A breathless, dramatic track that dramatic and sounds best loud! A real favourite, I love this track.
BEST LYRIC - 'I heard the sound like fifteen strangers dancing' 10/10
11- 'Shame' This isn't one of the best tracks on the album, for me it lack the attitude of the others in the vocals. For me, it's a skipper.
BEST LYRIC -'funny in a certain light how we all look the same' 6/10
12- 'Hang' A brilliant but sad end to the album. A really great break up song about moving away, but not really wanting to. It's almost talked through. One to really listen to, not sing along but a great track.
BEST LYRIC- 'she's been here too few years to feel this old' 9/10
All in all, if you haven't discovered Matchbox Twenty then give this a listen, and for those of you that have it, dig it out and listen again. In my opinion there's not a band to can match their songwriting and delivery. Plus they're great live.
MATCHBOX 20 - YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU ------------------------------------------- It all started a few years ago, when a friend let me borrow his copy of the album, which ended up staying in my collection for a lot longer than it was supposed to. Well I couldn't keep 'forgetting' to give it him back, so I had to brave the real world and buy my own copy, which has stayed next to my cd player ever since. Matchbox 20 are a band which are still relatively unknown in this country, which is a major shame as people are missing out on some fine top quality songwriting. The band started life as a group called 'Tabithas Secret', but soon became the band we know today. Even if you don't know the band its quite possible that you know of their lead singer/songwriter Rob Thomas, as it is his voice that propelled Santana's 'Smooth' single to number 1 in the UK and US, and gained them both a bunch of Grammy awards. Rob Thomas is one of those vocalists that doesn't just write a meaningless song, instead he writes a little stories, normally with a hint at a failed relationship. The bands style of music is very hard to pigeon hole as a single style as its basically a mixture of Rock, pop, country, blues and soul. Sounding a little like bands such as the 'Counting crows' or 'Hootie and the blowfish', but with a more rocking edge and they are just plain better than them! BAND MEMBERS ------------- ROB THOMAS - Vocals. KYLE COOK - Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals. ADAM GAYNOR - Rythem Guitar and Backing Vocals. BRIAN YALE - Bass. PAUL DOUCETTE - Drums. THE ALBUM ---------- This album was released in 1996 by Atlantic Records. Clocking in at a reasonable 46 minutes with 12 songs, this album is about the right length. TRACK ONE - REAL WORLD --------------------- Opening
with a very cool little guitar intro, this song makes any worries about the album fly out of the window. The main backing track is a very simple crunchy electric and acoustic guitar riff, which isn't too loud or overly rocky. The drums and other instruments are pushed quite far back into the mix, making this a very guitar orientated song. Which leaves a lot of space for the vocals, which is where this album really shows its quality. Robs voice has a distinctive American accent to it, with a slight drawl to it. His voice brings the best out of all the songs on this collection, and he is surely one of the best vocalists of recent years. TRACK TWO - LONG DAY -------------------- This song starts out with just Rob's vocals and an acoustic guitar, it soon gets a bit more rocky by the time the chorus hits us. Musically this is a very catchy tune, with all of the instruments recognisable. a simple drumbeat backs up the rockier moments of the track, whilst the more mellow moments just contain an acoustic guitar. Rob's vocals are again the high point, and on this song you get to hear a bit more of the anger and bite that he can portray in his voice. The chorus is very tuneful in both the vocal and musical departments, which makes this song a top choice. "Reach down your hand in your pocket, pull out some hope for me, its been a long day" TRACK THREE - 3 AM ------------------- Opening with a slightly poppier, strummed acoustic guitar intro, this song shows the band playing a more mellow sound than on the previous songs. The music is again quite memorable and catchy, with its mixture of acoustic and electric moments, and some nice textured sounding instruments it all mixes into a very good song. Vocally this is another top moment for singer Rob Thomas, who shows us a lot of emotion and feeling in this, whilst still being
able to pick out a few clever lines. TRACK FOUR - PUSH ----------------- This is one of the bands biggest singles to date, and it shows the band in a more rocking moment. Although it starts fairly slowly, with just Rob and an acoustic guitar, it soon builds up into quite an energetic number. Again the vocals are the high point, and show a lot of meaning and hurt, with Rob being able to seamlessly change the feeling in his voice in a heartbeat. TRACK FIVE - GIRL LIKE THAT --------------------------- This one is a lot more upbeat than earlier songs on the album, with a fairly fast paced guitar riff pulling the song together. Again the rest of the instruments are pushed very deep into the mix, leaving you with almost just the guitars and vocals. The vocals are a bit faster than usual, and show that Rob isn't a one trick pony, even at this higher pace he still manages to put a lot of emotion into his vocals and shows why he is classed as one of America's top vocalists. TRACK SIX - BACK 2 GOOD ----------------------- The most mellow song on the album, with its church organ style backing music and very drawn back music. The music is very sparse, with only glimpses of each instrument, but still enough to give it an individuality that is lacking in most rock music today. Vocally this shows Rob on top form at what he is best at, slow ballads. Rob manages to change emotions throughout this song like no one I've heard before, from being slow and thoughtful to being powerful and angry, and it all works so well. If you buy this album for one song, then this should be it. TRACK SEVEN - DAMN ------------------- A much more upbeat number than the previous song, this gives the musicians a chance to show their talents a bit more, with some thumping drums and a quite fast paced rocking guitar riff, this song should make
any rock fan happy. No matter what the backing music is like it seems like Rob Thomas can sing a great song to it, which really shows us his quality, be it a rock tune or a power ballad this guy can produce the goods, and he doesn't fall flat on this number. Again showing more emotion in one song than most produce over an entire album, this needs to be heard to truly be understood. TRACK EIGHT - ARGUE -------------------- This one is another fairly rocking number, with pretty unimaginative music it really offers nothing over any of the other songs. But luckily for the band it contains a singer that can save even the worst music with his great vocals. TRACK NINE - KODY ----------------- After the previous song, which wasn't quite up to the standards set by the rest of the album, they really needed a stand out song to bring things back on track, and luckily they produced one of their best songs to date. Kody is one of those songs which has a bit of everything, some very nice simple music, which is led mainly by some plucked guitar notes and a few well placed chords. It also has some of the best vocals that this album contains, with one of the best choruses on the album and enough emotion to power a small city for a year. The perfect rock tune. TRACK TEN - BUSTED ------------------ Here the band goes into full on hard rock mode, and unfortunately it doesn't do them many favours, as it is probably the worst song on the album. Musically its very uninspiring, with a few distorted guitar chords and very little else. Vocally they have ruined this song by giving Robs voice a load of distortion, which means you cant quite hear how good he sounds. This song just about saves itself by the second half as it starts to go back to what they are best at, but by that point you've probably already skipped it. TRACK ELEV
EN - SHAME -------------------- Opening with a gorgeous guitar intro, with a strummed acoustic and a few picked notes it is a big difference from the last song, and is thankfully a change back to what the band is best at. The music is very well textured, creating the perfect canvas for Rob to paint his vocals on to. Which he does to a very high standard here, as with most of the album, it shows a high quality of songwriting and singing, which is sadly not known by many people. TRACK TWELVE - HANG ------------------- The final song on the album is a very slow acoustic number, with just Rob and an acoustic guitar played by himself. Musically this is a well written tune to accompany the well written lyrics. As with the rest of the album this shows a great vocal performance, not just by Rob but by Kyle Cook and Adam Gaynor as backing vocalists. OVERALL --------- So this is a great album, and would be worthy of almost anyones collections, but unfortunately it suffers from having little advertising so most wont know anything about the band. But if you can get over the fact that you've never heard of them and buy this then you'll surely be happy with your purchase. After this the band had a small name change, changing the 20 to Twenty, and released two albums Mad Season, which is a great album with a bit more of a poppy edge than this one. More than you think you are, which I haven't got around to buying yet so I cant comment on this one. Thanks for reading, please leave any comments you may have. Kyle
Did I say I'm going to see Matchbox20 in March? Well in anticipation of this event I thought it would be a good idea to start listening to their last two CD's - "Mad Season" (2000) and "More than you think you are" ( 2002) as with all good intentions I ended up listening to my favourite album of theirs "Yourself or Someone Like You" again! You know how you get a new CD plonk it into the CD player and suddenly feel as if you've listened to it for always? Well that's how I first felt when I played this CD. It grabbed me in a way the the four other CD's I'd got that week just didn't do. In fact if you asked me what were the other's I'd bought at that time I'd be hard pressed to be able to tell you. Matchbox 20 are a Florida based Rock band forming in the mid 90's. The Yourself or someone like you was the band's debut album released in 1996 it was soon to go platinum and at the last count had done that 10 times! So now you're probably thinking who the heck are they? Big in Australian, Germany and the US they've yet to really crack the UK market. Rob Thomas the vocalist claims to have been influenced by a wide range of other musicians including REM, Al Green and Elvis Costello.Playing a blend of soft rock this album is really rather good! How I came to own all 3 of their albums was due to reading a review about "Yourself or someone like you" and addiction kind of started from there! You know who you are..... "Yourself or someone like you" could be seen as a raw, angry, emotive and energy packed debut album. With many of the songs being about breaking up or trying to keep your life together in dire situations this album has a melancholy feel to it but somehow you just want to carry on listening to it over and over! The title was chosen so rumour has it in a drunken moment in a cafe bar in LA where Rob Thomas heard someone singing songs for
"Yourself or someone like you" Thankfully he did or this brilliant album might have been released under it's working title of the Woodshed Diaries! "Yourself or someone like you" opens with "Real world". This song is instantly recognisable with it's opening drum rift but in my personal opinion it's not the best track on the album, Rob Thomas vocally gives a decent performance but he's not tested enough. Real world is in itself a fairly decent track but perhaps not one I'd have chosen as an opener. it is a fantasy song about how it would be like not to have to live in the real world but in a nice happy fantasy one instead where any thing could happen.It's got a nice catchy happy sound to it. "I wonder what it's like to be a super hero I wonder where I'd go if I could fly down town" "Long day" - is best summed up as an angry song with a soft edge to it, Rob Thomas gives a wonderful performance as he maps out the feelings you have when you've just been left by someone who you really loved. A lament to a lost love with a raw edge, beautiful done with some pretty mean guitar playing. "It's sitting by the over coat, the second shelf, the note she wrote that I can't bring myself to throw away" "3am" - this track has a more melodic feel to it. A softer feel to it with none of the anger felt in the proceeding tracks. Have listened to this track I'd have to agree with others that yes perhaps it is about someone slowly going mad. Unfortunately it's the track I flip passed on my way to track 4 "she only sleeps when it's raining and she screams and her voice is straining..." "Push" - a melodic opening with Rob Thomas sounding soulful and poignant. This is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Much has been written about this song being
about violence and how Thomas is a chauvinist singing about violence in relationships mainly due to the lyrics in the chorus " I wanna push you around I will I will. It's a shame the critics didn't actually listen deeper to the lyrics as this is not about domestic violence at all. It's a look at being in a relationship where you're the one subjected to the emotional abuse and you don't like it any more so you're trying to fight back with the same emotional game playing. Rob Thomas in an interview said that the song was about a relationship he'd been in where he'd just got used to the emotional game playing that went on that he'd just felt too comfortable with it all. "I don't know if I've ever really been loved by a hand that touched me, well I feel like something's gonna give and I'm a little bit angry Well this aint over, no not here, not while I still need you around..." "Girl like that" - slightly more upbeat in it's opening than the proceeding track. "Girl like that" takes a look at being in a relationship where you stay because you don't like the idea of being on your own, so you stay just because it seems a better option. a situation I'm sure a few of us well relate too! "Well you got to think with a girl like that any love at all is better than nothing it's better than nothing" "Back 2 Good" - a soft melodic intro to what is my favourite track on this album. Rob Thomas gives a wonderful performance as he takes a bitter sweet look at being in a relationship where neither party really wants to be in it but neither seems able to end it. It's about drifting along in a relationship, because it's comfortable not because it's any good. It's about the moment of realisation that things can never go "Back 2 Good" - Fingers crossed they'll be playing t
his one in March. "it's nothing, it's so normal you just stand there I could say so much But I don't go there..." "I couldn't tell if anyone here was feeling the way I do but it's over now and I don't know how, it's over now there's no getting back to good" Given the fact that five out of the first six tracks were released as singles in the intervening four years between the release of this album and the follow up "Mad Season" the album goes ever so slightly into second gear for me. The remaining tracks are good and couldn't be classed as album fillers by any means but they just don't have that edge the first six tracks have! "Damn" - again a slightly slower track than some of the others but filled with a raw anger as it looks at what if and if only! it's about not sitting back and taking all the crap life throws at you! It just doesn't have that edge that say "Push" does. Rob Thomas gives a great performance vocally as his voice is more suited to this style of song. "This old world doesn't it make you wanna think damn This cold girl well doesn't she make you wanna scream damn" "Argue" - with a title like that the intro is most apt being slightly louder and a bit more in your face then the other tracks! Rob Thomas sounds angry as he charts the pointlessness and near futility of arguing with a love one about how it clouds your judgment and does nothing for both parties concerned "If you want you can get to know me well we get along so we shouldn't argue" "Kody" - the album gets back on track again for me with this slightly softer track. It looks at the lose of a child and of that innocence that is only know in childhood, which would appear to have been taken away in a slightly sinister way from the pers
pective of an adult who has suffered this. "there?s a squeak hinge down on the back gate it lets us know if he comes around I don?t sleep that good anyway if you?ve never heard the silence, it?s a God awful sound" "I don?t feel nothing, no I don?t feel nothing there?s nothing to feel good about here so please hand me the bottle, I think I?m lonely now" "Busted" - after the soulful and poignant "Kody" this track is once again an angry look at love. Slightly rawer than other tracks it deems love and relationships as some kind of sentence to be endured! Given that it's sandwich between two rather softer sounding tracks it seems a little bit out of place here. Unfortunately if one track was to be deemed a "filler" then this would be the one I'd go for. "Love don't change, don't come around here Don't wear my heart on your sleeve Like a high school letter Don't strain, cuz nothing ever comes from it And the people we've become, well They've never been the people who we are" "Shame" - slightly softer than the proceeding track with wonderful vocals from Rob Thomas as he laments the fact that the things remember most in life are the one's we'd rather forget about and how we have to move on and learn from the bitter sweet experiences that make up life! "What we learned here is love tastes bitter when it's gone Past yourself forget the light, things look dirty when it's on Funny how it comes to pass, that all the good slips away And there's no one around you can remember being good to you" "Hang" - the album closes on this soft melodic ballad, with limited accompaniment Rob Thomas really does a great job vocally on this track! Again a look at a break up in a relationship, but done with more heart felt
poignancy than say " Back 2 Good". You can almost feel his anguish in this track! "The trouble understand, is she got reasons he don't Funny how he couldn't see at all, 'til she grabbed up her coat And she goes, she's been here too few years to take it all in stride" Matchbox 20 in this debut album showed that they really can live up to the hype that surrounded it's release back in 1996. I've had this CD about 6 months and still haven't grown tired of listening to it. My favourite tracks on it would have to be " Back 2 Good", "Push" and "Hang" hopefully come March these three tracks will get an airing!
At the risk of sounding like that bloke from the Fast Show, aren’t impulse buys great? I mean, you go out, you grab something because the advert looks appealing or you overheard a bloke down the pub say that some bloke he works with’s sister thought it was brilliant. I’ve wasted thousands on lipstick that way, but that’s a story for another day, I guess. What I’m far more likely to do is buy a book as the cover looks nice, or the stuff on the back sounds OK. Or I’ll buy a CD because the cover looks good, or because the first single sounded like my thing, or there was a favourable review, and it sounded like an album I’d enjoy. And so it was with this album. As for many people, Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty’s lead singer was brought to my attention by his vocal work on Santana’s “Smooth”, a song I love, on its’ way to No 3 in April 2000. I’d heard from someone I knew that Matchbox Twenty were a pretty decent band and so, with a few quid to spare in my pocket, I wandered into HMV one day and left with both Matchbox Twenty’s albums. Strangely enough, it wasn’t this album that immediately appealed to me. “Mad Season” with its’ strange lyrics and smoother, less angry sounding vocals was the one that was played the most frequently. This album got a couple of listens and then, like an older sibling, had to sit back whilst all the attention was focused on the new arrival. But, unlike most children, it sat patiently and waited. And waited… It wasn’t until the spring of last year, when I booked tickets to the big Bon Jovi gig at Milton Keynes that this album got a look in. Matchbox Twenty were the support act, and an Australian friend of mine who loved this album was quite upset she couldn’t make it along with us. Until we discovered (well, she discovered!) that Matchbox Twenty were playing in Hammersmith a
few nights before to celebrate the Hard Rock Café’s birthday. We got tickets, and I decided to perform my age-old week before a gig routine of playing nothing but the band’s music so I could sing along to all the words at the show. This was complicated by having five gigs in a fortnight, but I managed - if only just. This was partly because I knew a lot of the lyrics from the other bands anyway, but mostly because this album went on and stayed on. This was the point at which it became apparent that this is, by far, the better of the band’s two albums. The anger I’d heard the first time around gives it a rockier edge, of which I thoroughly approve, and the lyrics are no less inspired at parts on this album. There are fewer ballads, and their sweetness contrasts admirably with the faster paced songs. And Rob Thomas’ voice has a slightly huskier edge to it on this album, which is when he sounds at his best. “Real World” This is a great way to start any album, and is certainly my favourite track, and shows off the band at their best, as far as I’m concerned. A brief drum intro into a decent blues-style guitar riff, that repeats through the song and provides instant recognition when you hear the song again. Rob’s voice has its’ traditional edge to it and it’s a fun mid-tempo pop-blues number. The sing is about living your daydreams. What do you want to be and what would happen if you were? It’s part fantastic, part achievable, and takes you to a place where everyone wishes they could be, with the real world leaving them alone. “I wonder what’s it’s like to be a superhero/I wonder where I’d go if I could fly around downtown/From some other planet, I get this funky high from yellow sun/Boy I bet my friends would all be…stunned, they’re stunned” “Long Day” This is at a slightly
slower tempo than the previous song, but I still love this one. It starts with Rob’s vocals and an acoustic guitar, and the electric guitar and drums kick in at the end of the first verse. It’s quite a driving guitar, but this fades in and out, disappearing during the bridge, and reappearing during the chorus. It gives the song a kind of disjointed edge, but there’s a feeling of anger in Rob’s voice towards the end, which fits in with the song’s subject. It’s about being left by your lover, and how time seems to stand still and that day go on forever, and about how all hope for the future seems to have evaporated. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s been there. “Reach down your hand in your pocket/Pull out some hope for me/It’s been a long day, always ain’t that right” “3am” Another slightly slower number, but still fairly mid-tempo, starting with a guitar with almost a country sound to it. Rob’s vocals come in at a lower volume and much more restrained than the previous song, although the song picks up during the chorus. It’s a song about madness, I think! The lyrics suggest that the female character in the song is losing it a bit, but the picture it paints of “ a colour portrait world” and happiness as a welcome mat is pretty vivid, if a little worrying. “She says it’s cold outside and she hands me my raincoat/She’s always worried about things like that/She says it’s all gonna end and it might as well be my fault/She only sleeps when it’s raining/And she screams and her voice is straining” “Push” You know you’ve arrived when “Weird Al” Yankovic takes one of your songs and fits it into one of his famous polka mixes on his album (2000’s “Running With Scissors”) And it got the slot follow
ing Madonna as well, which can’t be bad! A very restrained guitar and vocal intro on this one. It’s a slightly slower start that the preceding tracks, and Rob’s vocals have lost a little of their angry edge. Until you reach the chorus, when the song picks up. It’s a song about someone who is having second thoughts about the situation and the relationship they are in. It’s about the moment of realisation that you’re not getting what you want out of a relationship, and wondering if it can be changed into something more like your dreams, and if it’s really the best thing for you. “I wanna push you around, I will, I will/I wanna push you down, I will, I will/I wanna take you for granted/I wanna take you for granted I will” “Girl Like That” A guitar intro that you will be able to pick out a mile away once you’ve heard it a couple of times. The pace has picked up a little, and there seems to be a lot more bass in the guitar riffs throughout the verses, and the guitar is more to the fore during the bridges and the chorus. It’s about being in a relationship that really isn’t any good for you, but not being able to leave as you’re more afraid of being lonely that of being in a bad relationship. It’s almost a “bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” situation, I guess. If you can’t figure out why someone you know stays in a relationship they’re in, this could be why. “Well you got to think with a girl like that/Any love at all, is better than nothing/Is better than nothing” “Back 2 Good” Anyone who is thinking of that Take That song after looking at this title needs to be shot. Oh. Oh dear. Back in a minute. (Sound of a gunshot from offscreen) OK, that’s better. Got that out of my head now. A much slower song, perhaps the fir
st of the true ballads on this album, largely Rob’s voice, with a drum beat and a guitar, but there are also some woodwind instruments, which is not something Matchbox Twenty generally use. Rob’s voice is more set up to express anger, so it doesn’t work quite so well on a ballad, but it’s still a good song. It’s the longest track by a long way – more than a minute and a half longer than anything they’ve done. But it doesn’t seem that much longer, which is a testament to how good a song it is. It’s about being in a relationship that has gone horribly wrong, perhaps that same relationship as in “Girl Like That” but not knowing what to do to make it better, to return the relationship to it’s former, better state. “And everyone here, knows everyone here is thinking ‘bout somebody else/It’s best if we all keep this under our heads/I couldn’t tell, if anyone here’s was feeling the way I do/But it’s over now, and I don’t know how, it’s over now/There’s no getting back to good” “Damn” A slow steady drum intro, before a guitar riff. Not quite a ballad, but certainly a slower number than the early tracks on the album, although the tempo increases for a section after the second chorus. The whole band provides backing vocals, and it’s an angrier song, which suits Rob’s voice very well. It’s a reflection on the way the world treats you, and about how sitting around and letting it get to you doesn’t really help at all! It’s part anger at the way things have turned out, and part lament for a better life. “Things got turned round/Don’t know where I started from, damn/Can’t eat, can’t sleep/Could have been a bigger man, damn” “Argue” A loud, slightly faster paced intro, with the whole band inv
olved. Another song with a tint of anger in it, which makes Rob’s voice sounds at its’ best. There’s some strange sound effects during the chorus, which makes you think there’s a problem with your CD player if you’re not concentrating properly, but this is only a minor concern. It’s about how people shouldn’t argue if you get along that well. It’s about the pointlessness of disputes. Maybe there’s a lesson in there for all of us. “If you want you can get to know me well/We get along so we shouldn’t argue/And I don’t know, said I don’t know/All these feelings, cloud up my reasoning” “Kody” This is another slower song with a guitar intro, and the drums very much in the background. Although the vocals are a little too rough for this to be a perfect ballad, it gives a tinge of sadness to the song, which the lyrics always suggested. It’s a song about a child that has passed away, and the thread running through it is that they are waiting for him to come back, and almost expecting it to happen. In the meantime, alcohol numbs the pain. “So please hand me the bottle, I think I’m lonely now/And please give me direction, I think the hurt set in/And I don’t feel nothing” “Busted” Another guitar intro, although a slightly more robust sound, and an angrier song, which suits Rob’s voice a lot better. There’s a lot more bass here, but at a number of points, the instruments fade away into the background a little, leaving Rob almost alone, which works very well. The song is about change by and large, and about how love doesn’t. “I dreamed that the world was crumbling down/We sat on my back porch and watched it/I dreamed that the buildings all fell down/We sat on my back porch and watched it” “Shame” A simple mid tempo guitar intro, which is joined by the drums and Rob’s vocals. The guitar sound is a lot clearer than in many of the previous songs, as is Rob’s vocal. It’s a song about how things change and how the bad things have a way of sticking in the memory, and all the good things are forgotten. The end result is that when you look back at the past, the feeling of shame is the main one. “Funny how it comes to pass, that all the good slips away/And there’s no-one around can remember being good to you” “Hang” The album closes of with a ballad. This one starts with an acoustic guitar intro, which is unusual for this album. For most of the song, the guitar and Rob’s vocal are the only sounds. The second part of the verse has an echo on Rob’s voice which is also unusual, as his isn’t a voice that needs any fiddling with, but which works very well indeed, adding some atmosphere to the track. It’s an understated song, and finishes the album off well. In much the same way as “Real World” dragged you in and made you stay, this song bids you a fond farewell. It’s about a relationship that has needed changing for some time, not necessarily because it’s bad, but because it seems to be stuck in a rut. In the end, when change doesn’t occur naturally, she walks away, leaving him swinging in the breeze. “And we always say, it’d be good to go away, someday/But if there’s nothing there to make things change/If it’s the same for you I’ll just hang” It’s kind of hard to categorise Matchbox Twenty and say “if you like (name band), you’ll like these guys.” They are a little too light to be rock music, a bit too happy to be blues, and haves a bit of an edge to then, which prevents a description of them as purely pop musicians, in the 1990’
;s sense of the genre. I’m a rock fan, and I loved it. Quite simply, if you like music, you’ll like these guys. There is something in here for everyone to enjoy. There’s a little party music, a little background music, and some insights into human relationships which pretty much everyone wants to provide these days. A fan of any of the kinds of music I’ve listed above will find something to enjoy in here, possibly without loving the album. If you have varied musical tastes the way I do, and are quite happy listening to all of those types, then this is a great album to have.
This is one of my favourite albums. I originally bought it for one song but when I listened to it I couldn't find a bad song on the record. It has got a whole range of different songs on but it is generally mellow stuff, but well worth looking out for. Another great thing about it is that it is so easy to listen to. It will suit any mood. Happy, sad, lonesome and its got some great party tunes. It is also really easy to play along with on the guitar if you play. It’s pretty easy to make it sound good. I know that a lot of people nowadays only buy the well known bands but I seriously do recommend this to any one from ages 12-45. AND ITS A GREAT BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR MUM AND DAD!! My dad is constantly borrowing it which just proves my point. It is getting quite old now because it was made in 1996 but that’s all the more reason to buy it. It’s probably cheaper now. So take my advice and buy it while its still in stock!
Oh no, sorry it's just my keyboard. Oh yes opinion. Matchbox 20 are: Lead vocals : Rob Thomas Lead guitar : Kyle Cook Rhythm guitar : Adam Gaynor Bass : Brian Yale and Drums : Paul Doucette. Now that you feel like friends with Matchbox 20 we can get on with the review. Real World kicks off with a catchy riff and a flurry of drums, followed closely by Rob Thomas' very American voice, sometimes growly, always amazing. Anyone who knows Santana's Smooth will have heard it, as he does lead vocals. This song is lively, catchy and the chorus ends with a line we can all relate to "I wish the real world would just stop hassling me". So true. Long Day starts off with soft guitar backed up again by Rob, and after a few seconds bursts into life with strong guitar and huge vocals once more. Has a slight religious theme, but you wouldn't even notice it without reading the lyrics as the chorus is nothing more than a jumble of words. Another great lyric in the bridge of this song is "Reach down your hand in your pocket, pull out some hope for me". Short but sweet. 3 am, I believe was another single. I've always felt sorry for this song, just as I do for Airbag on Radiohead's OK Computer as people flick track to move onto better tracks, in Radiohead's case the masterpiece that is Paranoid Android, and in this case Push. Having said that, this is a perfectly enjoyable track with little guitar riffs every now and then and an incredible chorus. Yet it just doesn't have the power of... Push, possibly the best song on the album. Incredibly emotional vocals, backed only by strumming guitar lead into the chorus which has such a charge it's hard not to love it. Just before the last chorus there is a drum roll that is good I just can't help playing air drums. I can listen to this track a hundred times a day and not get bored. Just outstanding, one of my favo
urite songs of all time. Girl Like That has a quick guitar lead-in before giving way to Rob shouting his way through the track backed only by occasional strong guitar strums. Another one of the outstanding chorus which make Matchbox 20 really worth listening to. Not far off the best tracks on the album. Back 2 Good is the longest track on the album at 5:40 and easily one of the best. Very slow, with another remarkable showing on vocals once more. Slightly sad with a little chorus of na-on-ha which looks stupid but sounds exceptionally good. Near the end of the song the vocals turn growly, and makes the song extremely noteworthy. Excellent. Damn has a slow kick of drums with laid-back vocals and a slight edge to the chorus, that nudges it ahead of a lot of the tracks on the album though far simpler than most of the songs on the album. It has a slight attempt at a guitar solo, but guitar is never meant to be the strong point of Matchbox 20. Not too shabby a song all together. Argue is short and extremely similar to some of the other songs on the album, except for a chorus which really makes an otherwise plain song. I usually miss this song when I'm listening to the album. I get quite a strong whiff of filler off this track, never a good sign. Kody makes up for it. Smooth, casual and beautiful, this is definitely one of the high points of the album. it also has my favourite lyric from the album which goes like this : ""And there it is, and there it was, now it was clear to all of us, we kept this hat of broken dreams and we pulled them out, when we needed them around" Sheer brilliance, a prime example of the sort of music that stands Matchbox 20 apart from other bands. Busted is my least favourite song off the album. Completly out of place and out of charcacter, this is Matchbox's attempt at a rock song. It fails miserably. I'm just thankful that they realised on the second album that they
are not a rock band, and do not attempt another song of this calibre. Let's move quickly on to... Shame is another slow song, a great reminder what Matchbox 20 of do best after the horrible Busted. the band let the voice of Rob Thomas take over again to add that little bit of magic into a song which might be quite dull under another singer's vocals. Also it sounds like he's saying Shane. Always wins point with me, have you ever heard the Pixie's Debaser? He says it there in the chorus (-; But enough nonsense on to the last track. Hang represents for me everything I love in a song, a strong vocalists, great lyrics and acoustic guitar, keeping it simple and emerging the other end with another masterpiece to your credit. Superb. This album has one or two songs which might have been better left out altogether yet they also have one or two songs which deserve far greater recognition. This is definitely worth a look. Any other Matchbox 20 fans out there? Please comment and tell me which album you prefer, for me this one just nudges ahead.
And here it all begins, I rebirth into the empire of authoritative information that is dooyoo. My followers will have noticed a certain absence lately, but rest assured those that could not handle this...I am back...at least for a while. So, now I am back, I am concentrating on my immense CD collection for my opinions. And Matchbox 20 - Yourself or someone like you, is the first of many, hopefully. Being the first says something I feel. Firstly it says that it is possibly my favourite, and secondly...well there is not one. Anyway, I am sure you really do not care much about my return to DooYoo, you just want to know about this Album. So, I will tell you: This was Matchbox 20's debut album, way back in 1996. Now, many of you may not have heard of this band as they are, A: American and B: Not that well released. However just because they are not totally covered with press, does not mean they are poor, actually I find (as I do with most bands) it is quite the opposite. However, I am sure that you may have heard of Rob Thomas...No?? Oh well, you may remember a song by Santana recently called "smooth". Rob Thomas dueted with Santana in this. So perhaps you have heard of him...he is the lead singer of Matchbox 20. Now Rob Thomas is the core of all Matchbox 20's songs, his voice is so beautiful, possibly one of the best, and it is also very American (which is good here, trust me!). Giving this Album by Matchbox 20, a certain musical style is difficult, it is not fully-fledged rock, but very far from any pop. It certainly ranges from song to song; from the Harmonic beauty of "long day" to the hard rock (but not coming off any worse) "Busted". I think that is another reason why I love this album so much, each song seems to have its only individuality, which in today’s world of Pop, is quite rare. However most of the songs lyrics seem to set a
similar perhaps slightly depressing theme, of harsh romance and broken love. Not that this annoys me in the slightest, but some perhaps could get downhearted by it (As a warning!). The whole album is an average 47-minute affair, with 12 tracks (and no annoying hidden things!). Which is slightly disappointing because I always want more Matchbox 20! My favourite song on this album is a split between the uplifting "Real World" and the perhaps less so happy, but musically wonderful "long day", but then I like every single song on this album. AND IT IS NOT OFTEN AT ALL I CAN SAY THAT! So there you have it. Matchbox 20, a not particularly well known band, yet an absolutely brilliant one, especially the voice of Rob Thomas which is stunning to say the least, this there debut album is a masterpiece almost and possibly my favourite album I own. A definite buy for anyone that likes soft rock, or any other class for that matter!
What an album. One listen and I've been hooked since. The very first I time I came across this band was actually through a close friend of mine. He is the type of person to have heard of practically ever band there is out there, and all their songs. Of course when he mentioned Matchbox 20, I had to say "Who?". Somehow I still said yes to seeing them in concert in Hammersmith, though I forget what year it was now. They were good in concert, I was impressed, being a Hootie and the Blowfish fan. I then went out and bought the album. I'm not sure how to describe this band, but they do a mixture of rock-y type stuff, and stuff a bit more mellow. Remember, bands like Extreme made hits such as More than Words and Hole Hearted, as well as the more heavy track Get the Funk Out. Track 1 - Real World A fairly heavy going song, in which it sounds like Rob Thomas puts his heart into it. If you've seen him in concert, you'll know what I mean. Track 2 - Long Day A bit ballad-y in places and a very touching song I thought. It has it moments when it kicks into something a bit heavier. I remember jumping up and down in concert to this one. A song very much about the time he's had during the day, and how he can't rip himself away from "you". Obviously written with emotion. It is truly a song you can pump up the volume to when you get home to scream out "It's been a long day..." Track 3 - 3 AM A truly beautiful track, one of my all time favourites although I haven't quite worked out all the meanings. He sings about being lonely at 3am in the morning after a night out and how the rain can wash away all his troubles. Track 4 - Push Possibly the most recognised track as it was one of their first singles. Not one on my playlist, but still a nice semi-mellow song to listen to. Track 5 - Girl Like That Oh yeah! Well you got to think
with a girl like that, any love at all, is better than nothing. I guarantee you will be screaming this one out. Gets me every time. A track to be turned up loud again. All about sticking with the same girl (I think). Track 6 - Back 2 Good Mellow time... sit back and relax to this one. Smoke a cigar or something. Very deep song about "Everyone here, knows that everyone is thinking about someone else..." in the sense that everyone does wonder. At the same time we all feel lonely sometimes, so are more inclined to do so. Track 7 - Damn Words against the whole world and Damn'ing it. Centred around the theme of just the word Damn. Following on in a mellow theme with a rocky element in between, picking up the pace. A formula that seems to work. Track 8 - Argue Picking up the pace again. Good use of the guitars in this one. Much more on a soft rock kind of theme. Can't comment much on this really, not one on my play list. Track 9 - Kody Wonderful wonderful song, in its own sense. Back to soft strumming guitars mostly. Again, a feeling of lonliness potrayed with an element of alcoholism. Shows just how well some people turn to drinking when the lack direction. Track 10 - Busted Strangely sung song by Rob. A warped voice sings in a semi-melachony way, but then picks up in between. Theme seems to be one about how nothing ever happens as a result of anything. Track 11 - Shame Guitar based strumming. Very gentle on the ears. Struck by the fact "love tastes bitter when its gone". Not one to listen to after breaking up... but you can if you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. :) Track 12 - Hang Deep, mellow, soft tune. Possibly quite depressing so be warned. "if its the same to you I'll just hang". Not in the sense of a noose or anything, but in the sense he'd like to hang around until... well you'd
best find out yourself. In short --------- If you've got the second album, go get this one as well. There's no reason why you shouldn't have already. If you like the genre of Counting Crows, Hootie and the Blowfish, you may well like this band. And finally, for those of you who don't know. Rob Thomas sang with Santana to perform "Smooth". Since being hooked, I've been to see them 3 times. Can't comment about their second album though...
I first discovered Matchbox 20 when I heard the single 'Push' on MTV. I was immediately interested in this band, and wanted to know more. So, I went out and bought the single - a rare occurance for me, because i never buy singles. I listened to my three Matchbox 20 tracks over and over again, and came to the only obvious conclusion - I needed the album. After my purchase of this fine recording, I listened to it for seemingly ages. I was unable to drag it out of my stereo. There were a number of things that impressed me about this album. 1. The lead singer, Rob Thomas, has an absolutely beautiful voice. There's not other word to describe it. It's mellow, immediately recogniseable and perfectly fitted to the music he sings. If he sounds familiar, it's because he did the vocals on 'Smooth' by Santana. 2. The songs are, without exception, brilliant. They convey strong emotions, are melodic and they have an acoustic sound to them. 3. They randomly put their shoe sizes in the sleeve! Highlights of this album: Push. The reason I bought the album, and the reason I got into this band. A very strong and powerful song, which conveys depressing and angry emotions. Hang. An excellent end to the album, this track is quite, thought provoking and relaxing. Compared to their second album, this is more acoustic and slow - but has similar themes and musical arrangements. On a closing note: This has become the album that I lend to all my friends - and I've not yet found anyone who doesn't like it, regardless of their usual music tastes!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Real World
2 Long Day
5 Girl Like That
6 Back 2 Good