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Editors’ Notes

After selling some 12 million copies of their first release, Yourself or Someone Like You, it’s surprising that Matchbox Twenty waited nearly four years before releasing their sophomore follow up, Mad Season. But as it turns out the gap didn’t hurt either their songwriting or their sales as this release went platinum many times over on the strength of these 13 radio-friendly tunes. Featuring catchy melodies, sharp riffs, and lots of big choruses, this album is a bit brighter and more dynamic than their guitar-crunching debut, with more keyboards and even some horns thrown in for texture. The real constant is Rob Thomas’ rich voice, which is truly the band’s calling card and the sound around which these songs, most of which Thomas wrote, are based. A consummate mainstream arena rock singer, he’s smooth in all the right spots on the ballads and husky and driving on the rockers, and he can belt out a tune without going overboard with contrived emotion. A solid collection of modern rock done well.

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Not Their Best Effort

Mad Season, in my opinion, is definitely the low point for MB20. I was not a fan back in 2000 when this album came out (only 9 years old then), but am a HUGE fan today. When I first discovered MB20 I fell in love with most of their songs, but when I heard this album I wondered what the heck they were thinking. Of course there are some solid songs woven in the album (Bent, If You're Gone, Mad Season), but many are mediocre and a couple are awful (Black and White People).

Not bad for a 2nd album

I enjoyed this album but it will never top their debut album.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Orlando, FL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Upon the release of their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, in fall 1996, Matchbox Twenty was pigeonholed as one of the legions of post-grunge guitar bands that roamed the American pop scene in the middle of that decade. As their first single, "Push," climbed the charts, it was widely assumed (at least by cynical critics) that they were a one-hit wonder, but Yourself or Someone Like You continued to spin off singles well into 1998. By that time, the group's blend of '70s arena rock and early-'90s...
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