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  • Audio CD (Nov. 5 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Label: Lava
  • ASIN: B000002JWU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 584 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Real World
2. Long Day
3. 3 AM
4. Push
5. Girl Like That
6. Back 2 Good
7. Damn
8. Argue
9. Kody
10. Busted
11. Shame
12. Hang

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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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Format: Audio CD
I feel compelled to write a review here to counteract everyone else who seems to have just bought the album within the last year. This is a great rock album, and if you want to know what matchbox twenty is about, this is your album. However, as someone who has followed the progress of this band since '96 when this album came out, I have to say, I enjoy their 2nd and 3rd albums a little more. This is not to imply that it's not worth listening to from time to time, but I feel as if Rob Thomas' songwriting skills don't hit their peak until Mad Season.
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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It's striking how much of this sounds like a number of songs from Better Than Ezra's first album. Matchbox 20's lead singer's overall (tonal) timbre, his phrasing (etc.) are styled almost identically to his counterpart/predecessor in BTE. Ditto (oftentimes) the guitar players, both tonally and rhythmically; and, really, the overall sound of the band, right down to compositional form. The passion's all here, maybe even more.
[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.
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By A Customer on April 19 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album through the earphones of a nearby playing walkman. All I heard was some guitars, a voice melody and a little drum. Still I recognized it as music I could like. So asked the owner of the walkman to give me a copy of it, and he did. After I played it again, just once, I was completely hooked, and have been a huge fan of Matchbox 20 ever since.
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.
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Which was not going to make their lives easier with their next albums. It is one of those albums that only happen once in a performer's carier and it seems to them it happened right at the begining. When I listened to their second album, Mad Season, I was a bit dissapointed. It's like the movies where you get a briliant film and then the sequel is nowhere near it. You know what they say, see the first one, skip the second and then look at the third. Well, I didn't get to the third one yet, nor did I hear anything about it. That is not saying much in itself, since Mad Season had briliant reviews, not really reflecting its actual value. Anyway, coming back to Yourself or Someone Like You it's a must have in my opinion, at least if you like rock at all. I bought it because of the singles, but the rest of the songs are just as good. Impressive ballads, heart felt lyrics, briliant tunes. It's not a clever music with fancy turns, just plain good rock music that says something to you first time you hear it. If you don't have it, go get it, it's worth your while and money, I promise.
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