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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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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.Read more ›
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:
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Awesome cd. Awesome price. Arrived before expected. Exactly what expected (new, in packaging still).Published 24 months ago by Ashley McRae
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 morePublished on Dec 18 2006 by momo_adachi
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 morePublished on April 5 2005 by The One
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 morePublished on May 28 2004 by Preston L. Moreaux
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 morePublished on May 17 2004 by LPLover
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 morePublished on April 28 2004 by Jeffrey D. Lamanna
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 morePublished on April 10 2004 by James N Simpson
I hate this band. They were the flagship band representing what has been referred to as the "medio-core" movement... Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by Walker Morgan