Cradlesong (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version)
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Cradlesong (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version)

December 14, 2009

Song Title
Her Diamonds
Give Me The Meltdown
Real World '09
Fire On The Mountain
Hard On You
Still Ain't Over You
Getting Late
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 29, 2009
  • Release Date: June 29, 2009
  • Label: Emblem / Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2009 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
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  • Total Length: 56:48
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,570 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After reuniting with matchbox twenty for 2007's "Exile on Mainstream," Rob Thomas returns to his solo work with his new offering "cradlesong," and the result is a fresh mix of tunes that blends 80's synth-pop with today's current pop sound. The album plays out as such.

1. Her Diamonds- 8/10
The first single off the album, "Diamonds" is a feel-good midtempo number that builds to a rousing chorus. A great summer song that is sure to continue growing at radio.

2. Gasoline- 10/10
Starts off with a digitized drum beat before breaking into an all out 80's power pop ballad that is brought up nicely to today's modern pop standards. The chorus is very simple, yet extremely catchy.

3. Give Me The Meltdown- 9/10
The jangling guitar riffs during the verses of this song remind me very much so of David Bowie's "Let's Dance." This is an uptempo number with solid backing vocals and an extremely catchy chorus. Once again, the 80's synth-pop influence is present in this one. This is sure to be a favorite at Thomas' live shows.

4. Someday- 9/10
A beautifully arranged song with heartfelt lyrics, "Someday" represents what Rob Thomas does best as an artist. An emotional mid-tempo ballad with a memorable piano riff echoing throughout and a solid sing-a-long portion at the end, this is a sure-fire single.

5. Mockingbird- 10/10
Plain and simple, one of the best uptempo songs Rob Thomas has put out to date. The verses build up amazingly well to an undeniably catchy chorus filled with solid backing vocals and the on-point emotional delivery of Thomas' phrasing. The lyrics in this song are extremely easy to relate to and the 80's synth-pop is once again present throughout.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed! July 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I disagree that he's breaking any new ground on this one (he's not) but I don't WANT any new ground broken! I am LOVING this CD - a few tracks caught me making an audible approving comment - on the first listen!

If you are a RT (or MB20) fan, you cannot go wrong with this one - it's a great listen.

It seems that there is so little going on right now to make people happy - this CD makes me happy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Rob Thomas! July 1, 2009
By LaLuna
Format:Audio CD
With Cradlesong, Rob Thomas once again demonstrates that he is among the top songwriters and musicians of a generation. This album will appeal to a vast audience with its vintage pop inspired sound and lyrics that are widely relevant to everyday issues that people face in this world, like crazy politics and faltering relationships. Don't expect a Matchbox Twenty or Something to Be sound from this album; Rob is expanding his talents and walking a bit of new ground here, but his deftness with melody and lyrics provide the quality and depth that one would expect. In my opinion, every track is a winner, but I personally can't stop playing "Give Me the Meltdown." Rob's vocals on Cradlesong are excellent and he displays some range not seen before, like the high notes in "Snowblind," proving that he has as much talent with performing his songs as he does with writing them. In short, Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty fans will love this album, and so will anyone else.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Slump... July 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First, I adore Rob Thomas. He's one of my favorite song writers and certainly an amazing singer. I've seen Matchbox five times and I saw his solo show three times--I even paid for a VIP package so I could meet him. So yes, I am a major fan. But, to me, this second album of solo material just lacks the punch and depth from his first work.

"Her Diamonds" is brilliant--a great pop song that shows how much he loves his wife. When he's writing about painful points in his life, the man evokes a compassion and artistry that truly hook you in. If you know the story behind "3 AM," you cannot help but feel empathy for Rob and his family.

But beyond the first song, the rest of the album just doesn't portray the creativity we all know Thomas can exude. The songs are forgettable and he makes far too much use of backing vocalists that sometimes overpower the song. The writing on this set pales. "Real World 09" sounds like the theme song to a television show on the Disney channel, "Mockingbird" sounds like a song meant for an American Idol runner-up. Only on "Still Ain't Over You" and "Natural" does Thomas capture an edge--even though if it never measures up to something like "I Am An Illusion."

The album isn't a total bust. After all, it is HIM singing and his voice remains amazing. As he gets older, he's sounding a lot more sultry and willing to try different vocal techniques. It's just that Thomas can certainly do better and my hope is that next time he will. I know he has his fans and can do no wrong to them most of the time. But I think that kind of blind devotion is a bit much and every artist is known to make a wrong turn.

If you're a fan of his, you'll at least like the album. If you've never liked Thomas, you'll swear he's fallen! However, he's still capable of being mighty...let's hope that happens the next time he records!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph August 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have never sung a song with Robert Kelly Thomas on stage, been a member of one of his bands, nor was present when won his Grammys, but we are however old friends of some twenty years and in that time I have seen him progress from playing his little Casio keyboard (writing brilliantly even then) to being a bright, shining star. Cradlesong is just another step in what will be a long and successful career. This is not a CD for just his or Matchbox Twenty fans, it is one for anyone who loves well crafted music. One of the songs may be titled "Her Diamonds," but this is one of his. I will not go into a song by song review. I will say however that once you add this CD to your collection, it will be one that you will play often and for many years to come. Songwriters like Kelly come along rarely and he very well may be the best of his generation, do not miss this CD. Being someone who has known him for many years, you might think I am biased, but he would be the first to tell you that if I thought something he produced was crap, I would say say so. I am happy to say that I cannot say that about this CD or indeed any of the songs thereon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift for my mom
we got the cd in the mail and my mom didn't know how to open it lol but at least I was there to help
Published 17 days ago by jeridberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A little darker and more raw
A little darker and more raw than MB20's usual LP. The exception being their first album! Rob writes from the gut is such relatable ways! Thank you!
Published 1 month ago by SmartShopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Rob t
Every time I listen to this cd I appreciate it even more! Shipped fast and in perfect condition. Beautiful soul, beautiful music.
Published 3 months ago by Jamie7
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok, but ... Something to be is better
Album had some good songs I.E. give me the meltdown, her diamonds, mockingbird, but the rest was just ok. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, almost every song has been a favorite at one point
I thought I only recognized one song title (Her Diamonds) when I bought it, but I actually recognized a few. Some of the others probably deserve some radio time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeffrey M. Craver
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album ...
I had this when it was released, but somehow it got damaged and scratched. So I'm now replacing it and remembering now why I loved listening to it. Greatest of all his albums.
Published 7 months ago by Char58
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Fan
I Love Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty. I feel all of their CDs have been great and are easy to sing along with.
Published 7 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Includes all of his best stuff. Have always liked Matchbox 20. Have almost all of these songs on my playlist.
Published 8 months ago by Craig L Walz
5.0 out of 5 stars Rob Rocks
This is a great album. Every song, as far as I'm concerned, is a gem. But then, Rob Thomas is a gem, isn't he?
Published 10 months ago by teabird
1.0 out of 5 stars Rehearsals For Retirement
Rob Thomas has no staying power at this point. In the words of Phil Ochs, this album is proof there are, "NO MORE SONGS" for this guy and he is ready for his "REHEARSALS FOR... Read more
Published 11 months ago by HOLIDAY
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