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    Default Matchbox Twenty - North

    online listen
    first album in 10 years
    don't have a thing by these guys
    this listen won't change that
    3 I like but that's not enough
    single grew on me which is the clip
    1.5 from me and a converted 2.4 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - She's So Mean

    released Sept 4th, 2012

    Bio - from allmusic

    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 American alt-rock -- closer to Pearl Jam and maybe R.E.M. than
    Nirvana -- had become the sound of mainstream American rock. That transition slipped underneath the radar of many
    pop music critics and fans. Yourself or Someone Like You sold millions of copies without ever truly dominating the
    charts -- by 1998, it had gone platinum five times; by 2000, ten times. At no time did the record top the charts,
    but it was always around, a staple of modern rock, adult alternative, and Top 40 radio alike. Matchbox Twenty was
    omnipresent because they managed to blend the structure and sentiment of '70s arena rock with '90s hard rock,
    thereby winning a large audience by seeming simultaneously classicist and modern. They were a little more classicist
    than modern, but that's the reason why they became America's most popular rock band of the late '90s -- even if
    nobody quite realized they had achieved that status.

    The de facto leader of Matchbox Twenty is lead singer and songwriter Rob Thomas. An Army brat born on a military
    base in Germany, Thomas spent much of his childhood between his mother's house in Florida and his grandmother's
    place in South Carolina. The stress of the constant movement spilled over into his schoolwork, and he dropped out of
    high school at the age of 17. He spent some time wandering around the Southeast, singing in a variety of rock bands
    before he made Orlando, Florida his home base. There, he met bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette, and the
    three spent several years drifting through local bands before Matchbox Twenty officially formed. They rounded out
    the lineup with Adam Gaynor (rhythm guitar, vocals), who had previously worked at the Criteria Recording Studios in
    Miami, and Kyle Cook (lead guitar), a former student of the Atlanta Institute of Music.

    The band hooked up with Collective Soul producer Matt Serletic and recorded a batch of demos, which helped the band
    secure gigs throughout the U.S. Soon, the band signed to Lava, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, and recorded its
    debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, also with Serletic. The album was released in October 1996 to little attention,
    but Matchbox Twenty continued to tour America, cultivating a fan base. They eventually landed their single "Long
    Day" on several influential radio stations, which paved the way for their breakthrough hit, "Push." In spring 1997,
    "Push" began climbing its way to the top of the modern rock charts, as it received heavy airplay from radio and MTV.
    By the summer, the single was in the modern rock Top Ten, and Yourself or Someone Like You had reached the album Top
    40 and gone gold.

    As it turns out, "Push" wasn't the culmination of their work but the beginning of a somewhat surprising success
    story. During fall 1997, the record picked up momentum, as "3am" became a bigger hit than "Push," propelling
    Yourself or Someone Like You to multi-platinum status. Early in 1998, the group was named Best New Band by Rolling
    Stone's annual reader's poll -- proof that, even if Matchbox Twenty wasn't winning critics, they were winning over a
    wide, mainstream audience. The band and its debut album continued to sell at a steady pace throughout the year as
    the singles "Real World" and "Back 2 Good" joined "Push" and "3am" as radio favorites. Throughout it all, Matchbox
    Twenty stayed on the road, at home and abroad. They did well in foreign territories, including Canada, but they
    truly connected with Australia, where they went platinum eight times; in neighboring New Zealand, the band went
    quintuple platinum.

    Matchbox Twenty reserved 1999 as the year to record their eagerly anticipated second album, but they didn't
    disappear from the spotlight, due to the unexpected success of "Smooth," a Santana song co-written and sung by Rob
    Thomas. "Smooth" was one of many songs sung by celebrities on Santana's cameo-studded comeback album Supernatural,
    but it was the one chosen as the lead single. A wise choice, as it turned out, since it became a true pop
    phenomenon, topping many radio charts and driving Supernatural to multi-platinum sales and many industry awards.
    Throughout the second half of 1999, "Smooth" was inescapable, as it and Supernatural sat on the top of the pop
    charts. Its success brought more attention to Matchbox Twenty, and Yourself or Someone Like You rocketed to over ten
    million copies sold -- which now qualified it for the RIAA's Diamond Award, which is only granted to records that
    have moved over ten million units. On top of that, Thomas was named BMI's 1999 Pop Songwriter of the Year, for
    "Smooth" and his work with Matchbox Twenty. Early in 2000, Thomas won three Grammys for "Smooth" -- Song of the
    Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

    All of this success happened as Matchbox Twenty was recording their second album, again with producer Matt Serletic.
    The success raised expectations for the new album, entitled Mad Season, which was released in May 2000. Two years
    later, the band emerged with its third album, More Than You Think You Are. With this particular record, the band
    shared songwriting duties as a whole for the first time ever. Despite, or perhaps because of, the band's success and
    frequent touring, Matchbox Twenty decided to take a break from recording and in 2005, Thomas released his debut solo
    album, Something to Be. Featuring a more polished funk and dance-influenced sound, the album sold well and spawned
    several hit songs, including "Lonely No More" and "This Is How a Heart Breaks." In 2007, the reunited Matchbox
    Twenty -- with Doucette now on guitar replacing Gaynor, who left the band in 2005, and Push Stars' Ryan MacMillan on
    drums -- delivered the hits collection Exile on Mainstream which included a bonus EP of new tracks. North, the
    band's fourth studio album, and first official release since 2002, arrived in September 2012.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Matchbox 20 never quite broke up. Rather, they simply faded away. One day, they were ubiquitous, the next, they just
    weren't there and they stayed hidden for the better part of a decade, cobbling together a hits album and
    accompanying tour in 2007 but taking their time crafting their fourth album. A full ten years separate 2012's North
    and its predecessor, More Than You Think You Are, a decade gap that seems slightly shorter due to Rob Thomas' pair
    of solo albums and also in how Matchbox 20 pick up where they left off, spending only the briefest amount of time
    reckoning with pop trends that have surfaced since their last record (i.e., the disco-rock pulse of "Put Your Hands
    Up" and a few groove-oriented cuts that betray the influence of Maroon 5). But that doesn't necessarily mean North
    is a relic of the new millennium, sounding like everything else the band's ever done. Remarkably, Matchbox 20 has
    lightened up with age, whittling away any excess and pretension, winding up with their first album that could truly
    be called pop. It's a big, bright, shiny record anchored with odes to the radio and partying, its few love songs
    sweet and easy, not tortured. At times, the slick muscular melodicism of North recalls prime Third Eye Blind more
    than Matchbox 20 -- hooks are always pushed to the forefront, everything is wrapped in alluring gloss -- but Thomas
    possesses a warm vulnerability that always alluded Stephan Jenkins, and Matchbox 20, as a whole, is coolly, expertly
    professional, turning out immaculate AAA pop that still manages to have personality. True, North feels more 2002
    than 2012 -- something that may hurt its commercial potential, as there are far fewer outlets for this kind of pop
    in 2012 than there were in 2002 -- but Matchbox 20 has never made a record as cheerful or appealing or satisfying as

    Track Listing

    1. Parade
    2. She's So Mean
    3. Overjoyed
    4. Put Your Hands Up
    5. Our Song
    6. I Will
    7. English Town
    8. How Long
    9. Radio
    10. The Way
    11. Like Sugar
    12. Sleeping at the Wheel

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    ive heard tracks 1,2 and 4 on the radio here already...and like them

    i always liked these guys singles, but as you said...theres never been nothing to make me want to buy an album....maybe a best of set would be worth it???

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