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Mad Season
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2000
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
on June 5, 2000
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. "Rest Stop" "Last Beautiful Girl", "Leave", "If You're Gone", "You Won't Be Mine" and the soft-sung "Bed of Lies" all deal with break-ups.
Mad Season won't disappoint you, and will offer much food for thought. After listening to it at least once, you'll come up with a conclusion; Hey, BEEN there..
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76 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2000
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
on May 24, 2000
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. This is one of the first songs I heard on the album and I was very impressed. It'll probably be a single. It's very good. 12.STOP: A really fast, cool song. The chorus is really addictive and fast. It's easy to sing along the first time. 13.YOU WON'T BE MINE: This is a really slow, mellow song. It's probably the only one that I didn't instantly remember after listening to the album. It's kinda boring. ~There's a bonus track and this is an enhanced cd with bonus song and video as well as other stuff ~lyrics included
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2000
I want to begin by saying that I hated Matchbox Twenty's first album. It just didn't strike any chords with me so to speak. That said, I was leary of buying the new album based solely on the one song that I had heard (ie "Bent"). I loved this particular song, but wasn't sure how I would feel about the rest of the album. I bought the cd anyway, and I am NOT disappointed. I have completely fallen for this album, and it will be permanently placed among my most listened to cd's. The album starts a bit slow, but by track number 5 things really pick up and the album is one hit after another at that point. My favorites are, If You're Gone, Mad Season, The Burn, Bent, Leave and Stop. You can not go wrong with buying this cd, I guarantee there will be at least two songs that will touch you and catch your mind as well as your ear.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2000
Given the whirl of attention that Rob Thomas has had to deal with, as well as the distractions and label projections that plague every band's sophomore effort, I was really pleased with this record. This is the sound of a group of musicians growing with each other. There doesn't seem to be any evidence of one ego overpowering the rest, or any hint of these guys trying to make a buck before going their separate ways. The musicianship is richer, less folksy than the first album, which sacrifices some of the charm that "Yourself" had, but after a few listens, I have to say that it's a much more gratifying experience than I thought. A must for anybody that loves heartfelt, well-written pop music. I'm already looking forward to album #3.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2001
Let me start out by saying how wonderful MB20 is as a group. YOSLY was superb as a starter CD, but mad season shows how much they have grown as a band. The use of orchestration in such pieces as "Rest Stop," "Bed of Lies," and "Leave" pieces that would've been good songs without it, makes the songs great. Great vocal (backup and lead) achievements in "Last Beautiful Girl," "If You're Gone," and "Black and White People," as well as great use of horns in the latter two songs.
Let me give you a basic overview of the CD:
Angry: Great starter song, but my least favorite on the album. Not to say that it's a bad song or anything, but it never really grew on me. Great backup vocals all throughout the song, though.
Black and White People: Wonderful, wonderful song, one of my favorites. Well, all of the songs on the album are my favorites, excepting "Angry" and "The Burn." WOnderful horns, as I mentioned before, as well as vocals.
Crutch: Great song, too, although the chorus doesn't really flow well with the verses. I love the verses on their own; the way ROb sings these make you feel like you are twisting around in a spiral... Also, great guitar playing by Kyle...
Last Beautiful GIrl: One of my absolute favorites. GReat backup and lead vocals all throughout... That guitar is addiciting, I tell ya... The chorus is sung VERY well.... IT make you feel like rocking back and forth with the music.
If You're Gone: Way overplayed on the radio. Many fans that I have talked to have gotten sick of the song so here's my solution: every time you here "___________" (insert name of song here), either a) turn the radio off, or b)go to a different station. Easy. But I digress. Great horns and vocals.... I also have to admire the guitar playing done by Adam.
Mad Season: One of the best songs on the album (Note: My favorite songs and the best songs aren't always the same.), and one of my favorites. Great beat, great vocals, and ROb really gets into it... It's a fun song.
Rest Stop: Very moving... this is gonna sound corny, but I almost cried when I heard this song (Stop laughing!!! I said *almost*!). The orchestration adds a twinge of sadness to the song.
The Burn: A fun little song that is a little too short for my taste... It grows on you. VOcals are great here.
Bent: Wonderful song!!!! ONe of my favs and one of the best songs on the album!!! Great chords and guitars here... Kudos. IF you got sick of the song, I pity you.
Bed of Lies: The drums blew me away!!! The different types of drums added together is amazing!! At the ends where the drums sort of fade away, you feel a sort of a emptiness. KUdos to Paul Douchette on that one. The orchestration adds to the emotion of the song. WOnderful, wonderful wonderful....
Leave: OMG!!!! Vocals, orchestration, guitar, drums, this song has got it ALL!!!! I loved it sooooo much!!!!!
Stop: Great rock-out song, wonderful wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!!!! I loved the part after the first time they sang the chorus... The vocals there were amazing.
You Won't Be Mine: When I first heard this song, I was sitting on my bed. I had heard that it was really orchestra-y, and some thought that it was a waste of time. I sat and finished the first part of the song. I was shocked. I have never heard something so wonderful. It weaves together lyrics and music in such a way that it leaves you breathless. The music went so well with the lyrics, the orchestration mixed with the piano and then drums was a gem. I fast forwarded to the only orchestartion part of the song. The music was amazing. The ending by piano gave a feeling of loneliness, of heartbreak, of a love that wasn't meant to be. The orchestration ending gave a feel of the obstacles to overcome, that it would be better. I think that the piano part was the speaker of the song's (Rob's) emotion, and the orchestra was what the person that the speaker was talking to. The orchestra part really got into the "Over the lies, you'll be strong, you'll be rich in love, etc." part. I think that this is one of the best songs on the album. I;m not sure whether I want another song like this, risking that that song would not measure up to YWBM, or whether I want to leave this song as the only one of its kind in the MB20 universe.
All in all, this album has got it made!!! I forgot to mention the lyrics, but they are so much different from YOSLY, much more personal. Thank you Rob, for letting us scrape the surface of you mind. The band blended the lyrics, music, and vocals so well that this CD deserves a 6 star rating.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2001
I've liked Matchbox Twenty for a while but I never bought their first CD. Still don't have it. (but I will soon) I was listening to the radio the other day and Mad Season came on. Now I've heard that song a 'few' times and liked it but all of a sudden it struck me. That makes 3. 3 songs I liked from the same album. Now that's when I start to think, because nine times out of ten if I get an album for just one song the rest of the songs are going to ... . Then too the songs usually sound the same when they are written by the same person/people. But if there are at least 3 songs then I can be reasonably sure it's worth the money. So I went and bought the Mad Season CD.
Thank God for the third song. Otherwise I would have missed some of the most wonderful songs I've ever heard. Personal favorites are Bed of Lies, You Won't be Mine and Crutch but they are all great songs. It's the kind of CD where you want to fast forward to one particular song but you can't because the one you're listening to won't let you go. *sigh* Great Stuff. Buy it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2000
I got my copy of Mad Season this morning and am driving the people at work nuts by playing it over and over and over.
I am so glad that they band hasn't copied their previous hit songs, these songs are different, with the style we've grown to love. Most notable so far are Bent, Black and White People, Bed of Lies, but anything with Rob's lyrics and that wonderful voice of his is just amazing. The band is sharp and obviously growing as artists and there is a song for just about every mood here.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2001
The guys from Matchbox Twenty have blown the idea of a Sophomore Slump right out of the water. They have a really great vintage sound that reminds me of the Beatles, Chicago, and even Jimi Hendrix at times. (I'm 15 by the way and yes, I do like the older stuff) Here's my opinion on the tracks.
1)Angry-A great opening song with a driving chorus. As soon as I heard this I knew the rest of the album was going to be good.
2)Black and White People-The horns on this track are really great. Most rock bands don't have the nerve to use them but they should. Has a sort of jazzy sound to it.
3)Crutch-The verses are the best part of this song. The beats are slow and Rob is singing fast. A song to listen to if you're mad at your boyfriend/girlfriend. Ex: "I think there's still a piece of my heart on your face. How does it taste?"
4)Last Beautiful Girl-One of the best sings on here, no question. The verses are driving rock then the chorus is slower and very, very good. Don't skip over this one.
5)If You're Gone-I don't think I need to say anything about this one because it was way overplayed on the radio which is a shame because it's an incredible song.
6)Mad Season-Okay, M20 released this song but never got the recignition that it deserved. One of the few happy and fun songs on the album. Worth listening to.
7)Rest Stop-Another brakup song. Sad, slow, touching and very good. You really feel for the poor guy in this one.
8)The Burn-I can't remember how this song goes at the moment but I remember it being the other fun song on here besides Mad Season.
9)Bent-See #5
10)Bed of Lies-Wow. That's the only word I can think of that fully describes this song. The harmonies, drums, and strings are perfect. Absolutely, do not skip over.
11)Leave-Sounds like a smaller scaled version of Bed of Lies. Don't get me wrong it's still a good song.
12)Stop-I don't know why no one else thinks so, but this song really, really gooood. It doesn't sound like anything else on here but that's why I like it. If you can sit still during this song then something is wrong with you. Great Loud Rock.
13)You Won't be Mine-Jazzy, bluesy song with great strings. As good as Bed of Lies and then some.
Do not use the skip button on here. Trust me. I'm going to be buying YOSLY soon and I'm hoping it's just as good. Love~Lily
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