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The long-awaited second Melisma/Lava/Atlantic release from matchbox twenty, stands as a great leap forward for one of today's most compelling rock n' roll groups. Following the stunning success of their explosive 1996 debut, YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU, this soul-infused collection of modern classics amply demonstrates the band's remarkably expressive range and power. Having spent nearly 600 nights on the road since the release of YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU, matchbox twenty has grown into a creative musical machine firing on all cylinders. Thomas' rich vocals have ripened in both strength and maturity, as have Kyle Cook and Adam Gaynor's heartfelt harmonies and chiming twin guitar arrangements. Binding these elements together is the inventive, propulsive rhythm section of bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette. mad season by matchbox twenty highlights the continuing development of Thomas' gifts as a writer, with songs focusing on the binding elements of our increasingly unconnected world. In addition, the album features a no-holds-barred sonic approach which incorprates new musical texture - such as intricate orchestrations and fierce horn sections. Recorded in Atlanta and Nashville during the second half of 1999, mad season by matchbox twenty was produced by Matt Serletic, the man behind the board for YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU. Late last year, that album - a Billboard Top Five smash - earned the RIAA's prestigious Diamond Award, marking certified U.S. sales in excess of 10 million units. Certified Multi-Platinum (4 times) by the RIAA. (10/01)


Sell 10 million copies of your debut album and you might find yourself putting on a few airs. Evidence that it's happened to matchbox twenty can be found in the new, spelled-out format of their all-lowercased name and the pretentious insertion of that name into the title of this, their sophomore set. The level of popularity achieved by their 1996 debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, posed a more profound problem, though--should they follow in the footsteps of that smash effort, or strike out in a different direction? To their credit, the Orlando quintet puts their massive popularity on the line by opting mostly for the latter course: there are no obvious retreads here of earlier hits such as "Push," "3 a.m.," and "Real World"--or of "Smooth," the multiple-Grammy-winning Santana hit penned and sung by matchbox frontman Rob Thomas. Instead, the album sports a nice mix of material that is catchy, but may take a little longer to settle into your memory banks, such as the moody yet intense "Bent," the horn-driven rocker "Black & White People," and several songs examining various aspects of relationships, "If You're Gone," "Rest Stop," and "Bed of Lies." Whatever the members of matchbox twenty want to call themselves, these guys may yet be able to have it all--artistic growth as well as massive sales. They're not headed for Hootieville just yet. --Daniel Durchholz

1. Angry
2. Black & White People
3. Crutch
4. Last Beautiful Girl
5. If You're Gone
6. Mad Season
7. Rest Stop
8. The Burn
9. Bent
10. Bed Of Lies
11. Leave
12. Stop
13. You Won't Be Mine

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 23, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00004SVM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (609 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Matchbox Twenty Store

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Customer Reviews

I fell in the love with this album the first time I listened to it!
Cherie Salomon
The songs have a really good sound to them which is different than most songs.
Anyway, just go buy the CD, fans of any type of music at all will like it.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Polly on May 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to "mad season by matchbox twenty" I felt like all the songs kind of ran together and sounded the same. After a few more runs through the album I have found that my first impressions of the album while driving down the highway were wrong. What is on this album is a CD full of interesting songs, great harmonies (far better than the first album), and wonderful lyrics. As far as the criticism that it is over produced, well, four years can do that to an album. At first I felt the horns were a mistake, but they grow on you. They give the songs a richness that wasn't present on the first album. "Last Beautiful Girl" and "Rest Stop" are very touching songs and "Black and White People" perks you much the same as "Real World" did, without rehashing the same sound. If there is only one thing to say about this album it would be that it certianly dosen't feed back the same songs that were on the first. As a die hard fan, I was a little confused when I first heard it, but upon further inspection I would have to give this album two VERY enthusiastic thumbs up. If there are any similarities between this and the first album it would be that this, like the first, is great to turn up in the car and rock rock down the highway with. I would recomend it to any pop/rock, modern/rock fan. BUY BUY BUY!
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Corinne on June 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After four year the boys are back! But did they live up to their earlier success? Consider Mad Season to be as assorted as a wedding..a little old (Angry, Crutch - doesn't sound much different from their last album, "Yourself or Someone Like You", but that's not to say it's a bad thing), a little new ("Black and White People", "Bent" and the strong-vocaled, jammin' "Last Beautiful Girl") a little borrowed ("Rest Stop" sounds like early 90's Bon Jovi) and a little blue ("Leave, "You Won't Be Mine" and "If You're Gone: - all break-up songs dedicated to the loved and lost among us).
Matchbox Twenty (yes folks, unlike the last album cover, the "20" has been spelt out for us just in case we weren't sure about its correct wording) has proven that great song-writing skills and strong vocals *can* come together in one package, harmonizing isn't only reserved for the teeny-bopper boy bands anymore and rock isn't dead..it's been redefined. This album may be a bit more "popish" than "Yourself or Someone Like You", but who's to say you shouldn't evolve with time?
While most albums focus on one element of life (mainly love), Rob Thomas has written and co-written a variety of tunes that appeal to a mixture of feelings all at once. "Bent" and "Mad Season" remind us that we often feel incomplete and unsure of where we stand in the world. "Black and White People" leaves you thinking about the hypocrisy that people often show. "Angry" is great to play when you want to vent about certain frustrations in your life. "Stop" and "Crutch" talk about one-sided relationships.
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76 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Bob Waskiewicz on June 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
First of all,this CD is going to be my summer record.I Love it. The first three songs really get moving,with fantastic horn driven sounds blasting out your speakers.The harmonies are wonderfull.There's only a couple of songs I don't care for,"Mad Season"being one of them,but its starting to grow on me."Crutch," is unbelievable.With words like,"I think you got a piece of my heart on your face."Its ashame to let it go to waste.How does it taste?"Man,this guys in pain.Most of the songs are about being in a terrible relationship.I can relate to that. I love Matchbox twenty's style,the stopping and starting of the music,and the fast singing,almost like a rap by Rob Thomas.After playing the CD,I didn't think it could get any better untill I got to "You Won't Be Mine." The Piano starts off slow,like being at a night club,then the adventure begins,with a classic orchestration that stops without warning,back to the soft,jazzy Piano played by Rob. This song wants you to start all over again and play "Mad Season" from the begining.I haven't heard a great record like this one in ages.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ElectricMelody on May 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought Matchbox Twenty's first album when it first came out just out of curiosity. Though the album weilded many hit singles, I never really fell in love with it. It took the Santana song "Smooth" to finally make me realize Rob Thomas' uncanny songwriting abilities and vocals. Now, buying this album was a gamble considering the past one hadn't taken my breath away. The gamble payed off. Here are the tracks: 1.ANGRY: This is an excellent way to start off the album. It's a really upbeat, catchy rock song that makes the listener want to keep on listening. 2.BLACK & WHITE PEOPLE: I love the lyrics to this song. The brass instrumentation on this upbeat rocker really helps to seperate it from other songs. 3.CRUTCH: One of the better tracks. Parts of the verses are sung really fast which adds a cool effect to this beating rock song. 4.LAST BEAUTIFUL GIRL: This song has a nice upbeat, yet laidback feel to it. The chorus is really catchy and sort of like "lounge music". 5.IF YOU'RE GONE: The first ballad on the album (actually kinda mid-tempo). The lyrics to the chorus are really cool and the melody is very catchy. 6.MAD SEASON: This has really cool guitars and the tune is really different. It's upbeat and really catchy. 7.REST STOP: The first real ballad. This song has really cool lyrics and kinda tells a story. It's pretty sad. 8.THE BURN: The guys "whoo hoo"ing at the beginning are really funny. This is a good mid tempo song and catchy. 9.BENT: This is an amazing song. One of the best on the album. You've probably heard it. It's their first single. 10.BED OF LIES: A nice slow song. It kinda reminds me of a lullaby or something. it's really mellow. 11.LEAVE: Another slow song.Read more ›
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