Yourself Or Someone Like You
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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 sound of Southern rock gets a facelift for the 1990s 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
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But, seeing as none of my friends understand why this is my third favorite band, most likely because the first two are Coldplay and Radiohead, I should probably advocate buying this album.
1. Real World- A great intro to the album. Musically, it gets overrun later on, however.
2. Long Day- Really an interesting song, since it briefly put the band on the map in the thrash rock genre. A lot of soulful lyrics in this one.
3. 3 AM- The most popular song on the album, it's worth a listen to and plays well with people at parties if you're just picking up a guitar, but gets old after a while.
4. Push- Totally underrated, it's one of matchbox twenty's best songs ever. It's controversial because some say that the lyrics imply sexual abuse, but Thomas claims this is not the case. A great tune and if anyone gets their hands on the acoustic version, they will love it even more.
5. Girl Like That- A little obnoxious, but it grows on you.
6. Back 2 Good- Really an awesome song, it lays down the foundations for some of their better depressing ballads. Great considering how it stands out in the middle of the album, keeping a listener's attention with it's sad lyrics.
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[BTE's sound changed dramatically for the worse on their second album - they again got better on their 3rd and 4th, but never really sounding like (or as good as on) 'Deluxe'.]
'Deluxe' had a number of songs that were either more lyrical - or hard punk - than 'Yourself or Someone Like You' gets to; and there was "Coyote", one of the more glorious songs in the history of country rock..
Still the similarities are obvious, and plentiful. Sometimes it's in the spaces between sung notes - the place where the songs breathe - where the links display themselves to our ears, our hearts and souls. Matchbox 20 is intensely palatable stuff.
The lyrics effortlessly lead you where they want to take you - nothing is forced.
The guitar playing is as good as the singing; so good - one will at times forget to listen overtly to the story that is unfolding. The guitarist(s) vary their approaches from song to song, and are masters at every strumming style and tonal nuance they stake out.
These songs will unavoidably satisfy many a listener's hunger and thirst.
The first track on the album, Real World, is one of those songs you can never get out of your head, once they`re in. The lyrics as well as the melody is that catchy. But Rob Thomas' lyrics in general are very good. I personally think everyone could relate to at least one of his songs. To me, the best song of the album is Back 2 good, track # 6. This is the song I could relate best to, and of which the lyrics are therefore most meaningful to me. It is one of the slower songs, with a very peaceful beat, but the emotions expressed in it are dark, and bitter. But Yourself or someone like you has been the first album ever on which I liked each and every song. Although the song Busted will never become my favorite, I `ve grown to like it anyway.
This album just has everything. Very good rock music (guitar, drum and singing), up-beat as well as down-beat, and above all astonishing lyrics. If you like rock, whether classic or alternative, you should at least listen to this.
Most recent customer reviews
This album was like my first album to own as my collection started to grow. I got this album about 8 years ago, and it's a classic. Read morePublished on April 2 2005 by The One
This is one of the best CDs I own. I bought it because I loved "Unwell" and "Disease" but when I got it I saw how many other great tracks were on it. Read morePublished on March 26 2004
Great 90s band who is still making music today.
This cd has half a dozen great songs that you could listen to over and over again. Read more
This CD is awesome! This is a CD where EVERY SINGLE SONG is great! If you're a person who wants to only wants to buy one Matchbox 20 CD, this CD is the one to go with. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004
This CD showcases Matchbox 20 before they became the Rob Thomas show. It's still very listenable in 2004. Only a few other albums can hold up this well from the mid to late 90'sPublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Curtis D
This is one of the best CDs I have ever listened to. Matchbox 20 is great and this CD shows how they started out. The opening song, Real World is my favorite on the whole CD. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003
Matchbox Twenty(formerly known as Matchbox 20) is an awesome band and this cd shows how they started out. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003 by Darian Lawrence