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Rob Thomas is one of modern music's most compelling and commercially
successful artists. Between Matchbox Twenty, his solo work, and his
various collaborations with iconic artists like Santana and Mick Jagger,
his tally now stands at more than 80 million albums sold worldwide.
The latest magical collection of Thomas-crafted inspiration is his
second solo album, cradlesong. The new album follows his 2005 multiplatinum solo debut, ...Something To Be, which made history as the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to debut at No. 1 on The
Billboard 200 since the chart was launched 50 years earlier. The album
earned a pair of Grammy nominations and spawned a string of hit singles, including the smash 'Lonely No More' which was #1 in 15 countries. cradlesong, with Matt Serletic again in the producer's chair, was forged in a creatively charged atmosphere. The result is a percussive rock record that pulses with passion and energy and portrays a world he views with boundless optimism. Despite the occasionally discouraging lyric, Thomas infuses that hopeful spirit into cradlesong. 'I'm not a
mopey person; I don't get satisfaction in heartache and despair. With the exception of a few things that start dark and stay dark, there's usually a hopefulness at the end of each song,' he says. 'There has to be; it s the hopeful part that makes you want to share them with people. It's the hopeful part that says you found some secret in the pain and maybe some other people will, too.'
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
"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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lousy!! I love Rob and Matchbox20. But this is in my opinion, horrible!
I gave it to my sisters kid, he gave it away too. Seems like every song on it they did before.. Read more
I BOUGHT THIS ONE ON THE STRENGTH OF THE REVIEWERS TAKE ON ROB THOMAS, AS HE HAD SOME OFFERINGS THAT "WEREN'T COMPLETE" IN ALOT OF FOLK'S MINDS... Read morePublished 2 months ago by CHARLES RECKLING
Entire CD is awesome....even the songs I was not familiar with...no need to skip any songs. A must have for Rob Thomas/Matchbox 20 fans!Published 5 months ago by MSmom
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|Rob Thomas solo career is a goner!||
Perhaps you should have written all the songs, produced and promoted it and been his personial tour manager. Perhaps you should write to Rob, along with his record label and his management and offwer your expert advice and maybe, just maybe save his "floundering career"? Are you a... Read More
Aug 2, 2009 by T. LeBaron | See all 3 posts