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Something to Be

Rob ThomasAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)

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Given Rob Thomas’s stature as one of modern music’s most compelling and commercially successful artists for well over a decade – 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 – it’s easy to let the charts and numbers ... Read more in Amazon's Rob Thomas Store

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  • Audio CD (April 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0007XT4RK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Is How a Heart Breaks
2. Lonely No More
3. Ever the Same
4. I Am an Illusion
5. When the Heartache Ends
6. Something to Be
7. All That I Am
8. Problem Girl
9. Fallin' to Pieces
10. My, My, My
11. Streetcorner Symphony
12. Now Comes the Night

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180 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas breaks out with a "latin/funk/soul/blues" CD! April 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty fame proves himself a winner in his own right with his first album on Melisma/Atlantic records in a DualDisc format. Rob's voice is strong, masculine, propulsive and dynamic-yet beautiful and even vulnerable sounding at times. Some have already written that this CD is an uneven set of tracks without a solid base or theme-but they are wrong. This album rocks! Rob successfully experiments with several types of musical arrangements and themes about love and general inner peace and happiness on this album. The experiment succeeds and leaves you with a collection of catchy songs that you'll want to listen to over and over again! When I first heard it I was extremely impressed with how well the album held my attention and how strong Rob's voice was. Although Rob has been quoted as saying this is a CD full of songs in the styles of "latin/funk/soul/blues," the combination and the way the songs are arranged is extremely pleasing to the ear and not at all out of control as one writer implied.

The CD starts off strong with "This Is How A Heart Breaks." The song has a catchy beat with an excellent musical arrangement. Rob displays REAL emotion while this song rocks! The title track, "Something To Be," starts with an eclectic musical intro-good guitar! Here Rob sings about a man who is looking for "something to be"-a song of pain and the natural need for machismo-not to mention the general human need to feel important. "Streetcorner Symphony" has an excellent guitar intro as well. This song has a certain feeling not unlike some songs The Grateful Dead performed-very soulful and at the same time very positive. This is a song that's full of hope for overall inner peace, harmony with others and an exciting love.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nobody Wants to Be Just One Thing" April 23, 2005
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Granted, this album is a departure from what Matchbox 20 fans are used to, but that's because this isn't a MB20 album.

"I didn't want to go into this record with any idea of what it was going to be like. My only pre-conceived idea was that I didn't want to make a matchbox record with different musicians. I'm already in a great rock band, so if I just made another rock record with two guitarists, a bass player, a drummer, and keyboards, it would be redundant and I wouldn't have been using my time to do something creative and new. It was about having done this for so long at a really high level and still having no idea what I was capable of doing. It was the idea of really finding out things about myself that I've never touched on. I don't want to be just one thing; nobody wants to be just one thing. This record is me trying to step out of that. It is about me trying to find... something to be."

By now, we know to expect quality songwriting from Rob Thomas, and this album delivers no matter how you feel about a particular track's style. This album is really incredible, largely due to Thomas smashing genre rules to simply write and play good music.
Here are my musings...

1: This Is How A Heart Breaks
Initially, this was my least favorite song. I felt that the background vocals were lacking. However, the song's full of energy, and I couldn't help but enjoy it. After listeing to the album several times, I really like this because it sets the tone for the album--introsepctive musings on what life's all about.

2. Lonely No More
MB20 fans, the intro alone might scare you off, but try to get through it! Now, I admit this song is a little... boy bandish, and not at all my usual preference of style.
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73 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something To Be is really something special April 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Rob Thomas is such a talented songwriter and musician. He proves it on this solo debut. I liked the documentary featured on the bonus DVD about the making of the album. Rob gives credit to all the musicians who worked on this album. The DVD also features pictures of Rob writing and composing music. I love to see an artist at work, so I liked these photos.

My favorite track is the first single Lonely No More. This song is about how actions speak louder than words when it comes to relationships. and love. I also enjoyed This is How A Breaks. These first two songs have so much energy because of the awesome drum playing by Gerald Heyward. The title track has the universal message that we all search for an sense of identity and purpose in our lives. All That I Am is beautiful song about the sacrifices people are willing to make for the people they love and the things they believe in. I love the steel lap guitar playing by Robert Randolph on this track. He gives this song a spiritual and mystical sound.

Another highlight on this album for me. is the track Street Corner Symphony. This song is about accepting people from all cultures and just about celebrating life. The trumpet playing by Gary Grant gives this song a fun playful quality. My My My is a very deep philosophical song about how a person's influence and achievements can live on after they die. This is a song shows the depth Rob Thomas has as a songwriter. Here Comest The Night is a very moving song that showcases Rob's skill on the piano. I really enjoyed listening to this album and watching the DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this album and this artist.
Published 17 days ago by Kathleen A. Worthan
5.0 out of 5 stars Rob Thomas solo = OUtstanding
Wow, has this CD been worth it's weight in gold. Amazing music, great variations with wonderful backup singers. Read more
Published 27 days ago by ColoRN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job Rob
Rob Thomas scores big with Something to be. Although I do like MB20, I do prefer RT's solo effort. With a strong vocal performance, well crafted lyrics, and a diverse subtly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jm
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
GREAT cd!!!!! Rob did it again.
Another great work by the master of what he does. Cant wait to see what he does next.
Published 3 months ago by jeff stuart
3.0 out of 5 stars As Always Great Music
Regardless if he is performing with Matchbox 20, solo or teaming up with other musicians Rob Thomas always delivers good music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by HuntleyMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!
I bought this after seeing a Torchwood music video on Youtube that used "All That I Am" as a soundtrack. Read more
Published 4 months ago by persnickety
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it from the first listen
I really enjoy every song on this album except one. A true test of music, "Now Comes The Night" touches me very strongly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelllent
Great album, just as good as his music with Matchbox twenty. He has some excellent tracks on this album. Always been a fan of his vocals.
Published 4 months ago by Rob40
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good album
If you like Matchbox Twenty then you should like this album. This guy has got one soulful and powerful voice, you wont be disappointed.
Published 4 months ago by Bob Oberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
A couple of good songs that were really popular and still sound good. Most of the songs are slow and tired. Not my favorite album, but hey....I only paid $5
Published 4 months ago by Wpbeech
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