Yourself Or Someone Like You
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Yourself Or Someone Like You

October 1, 2011

Song Title
Real World
Long Day
Girl Like That
Back 2 Good

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 1, 1996
  • Release Date: October 1, 1996
  • Label: Lava/Atlantic
  • Copyright: 1996 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: 46:43
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  • ASIN: B00122X26Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (652 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent CD! March 9, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Yourself..." is a superb CD! I've bought it 2 years ago and ever since then I've been a huge fan of the band. It's not too original, granted, which is why most music critics don't like it... BUT if you just want to listen to some good music, this is THE CD for you. It includes spectacular singles like "Push", "3 am" and "Real World", as well as a couple of awesome songs that never made it as singles ("Shame", "Kody" and "Hang", to name a few). There's faster stuff here as well as slower stuff, enough to please any music fan. What I love most about this CD, however, is that it's very earnest and from the heart. When Rob Thomas is singing the lyrics to "Back 2 Good", let's say, you can really feel that it has all happened to him... This CD isn't JUST a collection of radio-friendly pop tunes, it also possesses meaning to anyone who's been through a bad relationship, or just a bad time in their life in general. I also highly recommend (even though Matchbox 20 does not endorse it) the CD by Rob's previous band, Tabitha's Secret. It's called "Don't Play With Matches". If you like "Yourself...", I guarantee you you'll love that one as well!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By jordan
Format:Audio CD
"Yourself or Somebody Like You", the debut effort of Matchbox 20 is simply brilliant. Most of the released singles are well known due to excessive air play, but this album is full of incredible music. There is not a bad song on this album. Matchbox 20 has been made trendy by teeny boppers and yuppies, unfairly labeling the band in some ways as a joke. The music is catchy and poppy, but not synthesized or studio created. This is genuine, soulful rock, just with a lighter edge. However, the most amazing thing are the lyrics. You can open the booklet and feel like you are reading poetry, full of truth and insight that only the likes of Rob Thomas could pen. His unique voice breathes life into his words, creating powerful songs which give purpose to pop radio again. Besides the well-known songs "Push", "3 am", "Real World", and "Back to Good", there are other incredible songs which deserve time. Ranging from the beautifully candid "Long Day" to the snappy "Girl Like That", to the intense "Kody", the album's music reflects the diverse genius of the band. Experiencing homelessness and other pain, lead singer Rob Thomas said he spent his whole life writing this album - seen vividly in the quality of the music and the clever lyrics.
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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As the 1990s music landscape progressed into the second half of the decade, music that was categorized as Alternative Rock was now becoming mainstream. One band that emerged from the pack was Matchbox 20. Much of this is due to their talented lead vocalist Rob Thomas - who also is their songwriter. In addition credit can be given to a very talented supporting band - that helps bring out the best in Rob Thomas. Matchbox 20's debut album "Yourself or Someone Like You" was an album that helped put them ahead of the pack of Alternative Rock bands. While I wouldn't categorize this collection as a revolutionary or groundbreaking album, there still is some good music on here - and that helps set Matchbox 20 apart from the others.

As far as Alternative Rock goes. This was originally a term that was a "catch all" to describe those genres of music that didn't fit into the mainstream. In the 80s, you had Punk, New Wave, College Rock, Underground music, etc. All of these were considered Alternative Rock. One genre that evolved as an offshoot was Grunge. Nirvana really was leading the movement here. I looked at Grunge as integrating elements of Guitar Based (to a minor extent acoustic elements) with some of the elements found in the various genres that fell into Alternative Rock. Many called Grunge, "The Seattle Sound". As Nirvana led this revolution in the industry, they helped bring not just Grunge - but the entire Alternative Rock movement into the mainstream. One such band that emerged were the Gin Blossoms. I think the Gin Blossoms took the next step in this revolution of the Alternative Rock movement. While Nirvana brought Alternative into the Mainstream, the Gin Blossoms steered them to the front of the pack.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound, great lyrics! July 2, 2000
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As I approach my mid-30s, I'm finding that something I swore would never happen to me has happened to me... I've totally fallen behind in the times and I have no idea who 99% of the new bands are and when I listen to alternative and popular music on the radio, I'm starting to react the way my parents used to, "eck! What is with all that yelling and screaming! " While there are a lot of new bands/sounds out there I could do without, this CD ROCKS!. Great lead vocalist, terrific sound and very intriguing lyrics.
I've listened to this CD about 50 times already and it just gets better... front to back w/o skipping one track, this CD is like a greatest hits disc... it's awesome. Appreciating the way the lyrics are written doesn't mean I agree with them... songs like "Push" make me wonder how different people are interpretting the lyrics... like perhaps some guys thinking this somehow justifies treating women as accessories or something, but as an adult, I'm just enjoying the songs as-is. If you liked the sound of Stone Temple Pilots' first album and Pearl Jam's rendition of "Crazy Mary," this is a great CD for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Who wouldnt love matchbox 20?
My car was broken into and all my cd's were stolen. This is the replacement - this is one of a few cds I listen to all the time!!
Published 16 days ago by JustMe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
Has some moments, but some weak tunes. Lots of radio play hits, so that's not all bad, I guess. Word. (I needed one more!)
Published 3 months ago by Joe Leggett
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This is the classic matchbox20 album.. fun to listen to on the kindle... great price I listen to it at the gym sometimes
Published 3 months ago by Jaysee
5.0 out of 5 stars Must own!
Any music lover must own this cd in their collection. Great music from some amazingly wonderful guys! Can play over and over and never tire of this one.
Published 3 months ago by Jamie7
3.0 out of 5 stars my experience
there was an unspecified huge crack right down the middle of the case. this is going to be a gift.... good delivery though and fine besides that
Published 4 months ago by Zack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I absolutely love this album. Not a bad song on it. Rob Thomas' finest to date... I start singing the next song before it even starts playing. :)
Published 6 months ago by Tjk25
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! Must have
This is one of the best albums from any band. If you like Matchbox Twenty you have to have this album.
Published 6 months ago by fbrdonr89
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut Album still great 15 years later
I was fortunate to see this band back before all the hype and popularity that followed. Rob, Paul, Kyle and Pookie form the nucleus of the band. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David R. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Big fan.
Recently saw them in concert with the Goo Goo Dolls. Don't know who I liked better?!! Great Show. Wonderful CD.
Published 7 months ago by neewollah
5.0 out of 5 stars The Matchsticks Start
I cannot express how much I love this album! Any fan needs it. Matchbox Twenty start off greatly.

1. Real World-Describes me perfectly. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jamie diffley
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