- Band / Artist Matchbox Twenty
- Genre Rock
- Label Melisma / Atlantic
- Year 2012
- Format Album
The 4 piece outfit from Orlando is back with their fourth studio album and continues to impress with their brand of Pop Rock. The band released their last full studio album in 2002, went into hiatus, released their best hits compilation and is now back sounding as crisp as ever.
Rob Thomas is one of those modern day Rock singers whose voice is immediately recognizable. With his work with MB20, Santana and solo records he has time and again proven his singer/songwriter prowess.
"North" will surely satiate all MB20 fans, however has more Pop elements than Rock compared to their previous efforts. "Parade" is a typical MB20 esque song and is a strong opener to the album and has haunting arpeggios continuing from the opening bars of the song.
"She’s So Mean" is the most popular track from the album and is commercial success receiving massive radio time. The band released this as their first track and put up a youtube video of the same. The song is catchy no doubt but the lyrics are too juvenile for a band that has been around for two decades.
"Put Your Hands Up" is where MB20 have tried something new. This upbeat Dance-Pop song may be too cheesy at times but is too groovy to ignore. This is the track that is going to have as many haters as followers. But that comes as a part and parcel whenever a band moves into unfamiliar territory to shock listeners. Another standout track is the song "Like Sugar". With addiction as the theme Thomas sings-I just want to make you go away, But you taste like sugar.
"I Will" brings out the softer side of the album and is good change from the extra Pop layered tracks featured previously. With just strings, piano and Rob Thomas’s voice, this song is not aimed for commercial success. Thomas makes each line sound believable and is sure to bring out the lighters and cell phones when he performs it live. "Overjoyed" and "Radio" are the average tracks on the album and seem like fillers and afterthoughts. "The Way" is fairly memorable ballad and has the band’s lead guitarist Kyle Cook handling lead vocal duties.
The album could have ended on a stronger note as "Sleeping At The Wheel" fails to be a memorable finisher. Average songwriting, catchy radio friendly choruses and pop laced riffs and beats is all this album is about. The album may not be a groundbreaking comeback that the band might have hoped for, but still is a strong effort by MB20 after such a long time.
The album is poppy, peppy and is too happy at times, but hey it’s probably what modern music needs and is a pleasant change amongst all the dark and sad music we hear.
Graduated from Delhi University, post that caught up in the corporate rat race for the last two years. Plays guitar and was active in the college scene, worships Slash and old G'n'R. Loves Classic Rock, Grunge and Metalcore. Spends a considerable part of the day listening to music and believes in the Indian Rock scene.
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