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Mad Season [Enhanced]

Matchbox Twenty Audio CD
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1. Angry
2. Black & White People
3. Crutch
4. Last Beautiful Girl
5. If You're Gone
6. Mad Season
7. Rest Stop
8. The Burn
9. Bent
10. Bed Of Lies
11. Leave
12. Stop
13. You Won't Be Mine

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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)


There aren't actually 20 of them, although it does occasionally sound that way. With only one previous album, Matchbox 20 front man Rob Thomas has already racked up three Grammy Awards, while his band was chosen as Rolling Stone magazine's Best New Band, having sold over 10 million copies of their debut by the close of 1999. Although hailing from Orlando, Florida, there's nothing Mickey Mouse about the band's muscular rock sound--what really impresses about Mad Season By Matchbox Twenty is that, despite the depth of emotion that oozes from their tracks, they never forget that a good song needs a good tune and lyrics which, although often thoughtful, can be immediately grasped by anyone. The distinctive vocal harmonies of Thomas and Adam Gaynor, combined with chiming twin-guitar lines from Gaynor and Kyle Cook gives them a unique sonic identity, placing them in line to become--eventually--another Bon Jovi. Meanwhile, though, there's more than enough rough edges and passionate moments to avoid any accusations of selling-out to AOR. --Johnny Black

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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! July 16 2004
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Okay, first let me tell you that matchbox twenty is a band unparralelled by any band of the past or present. seriously don't think any artist will match what they have done. Second, I don't think there will ever be a greatest hits collection because if there were it would have to be a three disc or more set featuring every song they have ever written. There is not a bad song in there library. If you don't have all of the CD's, buy them on amazon or at a store. You won't be let down. The CD starts off fast with the wonderful "Angry" which is only preparing you for what is to come. It is one of the weakest songs on the album, but it starts the album perfectly and. Then comes the incredible "Black and white people which completely destroys "Angry" This song should have been a single, and is one of the best songs on the album, or of the last fifty years. Following it up is "crutch", which is kind of like the sequel to "angry" to, and proves to be about the same in the goodness area. Then, just when you think the rest of the album might be like track's one and three, "Last beautiful girl" comes on and then you are truly hooked to the end of the album. This is another one of the best. Then comes one of the three songs on the album that everyone knows. "If your gone" is a fantastic and moving ballad. It was the third song off the album released as a single. It is really good, but nothing will prepare you for what comes next. "Mad season" the title track and the second song release as a single is possibly the best song on the album, and one of matchbox twenty's best. It is such a great upbeat masterpiece, that if you don't like it, you should get airlifted to the closest medical center because something its wrong with you. Read more ›
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Being a huge fan of matchbox twenty after their first album, I of course was in the store on the day Mad Season came out. The first time I listened to it, I was immensely unimpressed. This was nothing like the sound Matchbox 20 had generated. Certainly, it was Thomas' voice, but it was a way different sound, and I didn't like it.
But I kept listening. Quickly I realized that some of the distracting blues horn or piano in many of the songs only added to the songwriting brilliance of the songs' lyrics. That whole summer I didn't need one other album, I could find so much in Mad Season. Day after day I found something new and great about the album. This also gets thrown around too much, but now I absolutely love every song on the album, and pop rock really isn't my thing. But this album is a MASTERPIECE.
1. Angry- Begins with an unfamiliar electric riff that totally violates all previous assumptions about the band. The song really sets the tone for the album, light-sounding, but, when analyzed closely, a really deep emotional expression for Thomas.
2. Black and White People- Brilliant lyrics. The horns at the start are sort of stupid, but they grow on you, and the lyrics, as aforementioned, are awesome. There are vague statements about racial unity, and everything else is an emotional scape of life in general.
3. Crutch- Gets a lot of respect and really deserves it for its rough and twangy sound. A good tune that will gradually start to annoy you.
4. Last Beautiful Girl- I would hate to be the woman who Thomas wrote this about, because the lyrics are vividly angry and condemning. Its really an uplifting song for someone going through a breakup.
5. If You're Gone- Really a good love song.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album, with one downfall May 21 2004
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I bought this album on a wing and a prayer two falls ago, and I put it on the stereo and almost threw it away instantly!
I gave it another few listens, and then I finally became addicted a couple of months later. The vocals were very cleverly crafted over the guitar parts, with some catchy riffs and interesting piano parts.
If I could have one complaint about this album, it would be it's listening life. I've had it now for a year or more, and I haven't listened to it for some time. Why? Overlistening perhaps, or maybe because it loses something after the initial beauty hits you. Anyway, some special tracks are:
3) Crutch
An excellent mixture of an almost Red Hot Chilli Peppers rap blended with some excellent guitar playing makes this one a brilliant tune. A lot of energy and a lot of movement, a higlight of the album
4) Last Beautiful Girl
Soulful lyrics and melody, very well crafted piece in general. One song I could indeed listen to over and over again, a brilliant piece
5) If you're gone
Another soulful piece with great orchestration in the background, a simple but beautiful guitar and excellent, sweet melody. One of the more famous tracks from the album.
Other tracks which doubtless deserve a mention are 'Rest Stop', 'Bent' and the beautiful 'Bed of Lies'
This is a great album, however I'd suggest it doesn't hold the rock feel of the previous, nor the experience of the more modern album. Nevertheless, a brilliant album to own and listen to.
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Matchbox Twenty is easily my favorite band of all-time. Mad Season was the first album I got that was by them, and I'm glad I bought it. Mad Season is a great album all in all and worthy of any fan.
Most people will say it's not up to par with Yourself or Someone Like You/More Than You Think You Are. Well, I wouldn't exactly say that. It has fewer great songs (I wouldn't say any of their music is below good), but the songs that are good are very good. Here's a run-down.
1. Angry-An excellent opener. I had a situation when I first got into this song, that fit perfectly. It's a unique opener and a fun song overall. The lyrics are good, as per usual with MB20. 5/5
2. Black & White People-Okay, the album takes a steep drop. Don't get me wrong, I like this song. It's just it's easy to get sick of it after only a small amount of time. Catchy though. 3.5/5
3. Crutch-Has a nice country feel to the start. Another good track. 4/5
4. Last Beautiful Girl-Starts with a techno-esque riff that leads into a good song. Has a 'don't want you back' feel to it and is easy to enjoy. Makes it to the top 3 favorite songs of mine. 5/5
5. If You're Gone-The most well-known song on the album. Overplayed but an amazing song nonetheless, incorporating a horns section. Overplayed, but good. 4.5/5
6. Mad Season-Another great song. It has a rock-side of MB20 that's likeable. A solid track. Also a third single, though it seems a bit obscure as a single... 4/5
7. Rest Stop-Another amazing. Great start and lyrics. Nice track to keep the album going midway-through. 4.5/5
8. The Burn-A good song as well overall. A softer song of the album that's enjoyable. 4/5
9. Bent-Another harder MB20 song. It was the first single, and the song that got me into them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Awesome cd. Awesome price. Arrived before expected. Exactly what expected (new, in packaging still).
Published 2 months ago by Ashley McRae
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissatified CD Doesn't play properly
The CD doesn't play properly and you can't listen to it. There is obviously something wrong with it and I would like a replacement that works please! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars A stepping stone
I listened to Matchbox Twenty constantly in high school because they offered me something real; catchy melodies and intelligent songwriting are a part of any Matchbox Twenty album,... Read more
Published on Dec 18 2006 by momo_adachi
3.0 out of 5 stars Mad Season
I like this album, but it's the type of album that I only play once in a long while. What I like about this record and what really shines on it, is the lyrics. Read more
Published on April 5 2005 by The One
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked this album
I like this album a lot better than the first. Rob Thomas' songwriting and the band backing him up are so well done and executed. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by Preston L. Moreaux
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the other two
I bought this CD only because I love the other two MB20 CDs and I didn't have this one. I love the first six songs, but after that they all sort of sound the same. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by LPLover
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sophmore Jinx
This album that Matchbox 20 put out is great. I liked there first album, but I got more attached to this album. On this album, the songs really hit home. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Jeffrey D. Lamanna
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as their other albums
Although this album has some great Matchbox Twenty songs, it is not in the same league as the albums Yourself or Someone Like You and More than You Think You Are. Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by James N Simpson
1.0 out of 5 stars Rob Thomas needs an axe buried in his face
I hate this band. They were the flagship band representing what has been referred to as the "medio-core" movement... Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by Walker Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cd, cheap on Ebay!!!!!!!
Not bad
Published on Feb. 15 2004
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