Top positive review
One person found this helpful
on September 9, 2012
I'm not a music critic and don't pretend to be (unlike some of these reviewers!) I just know what I like, which really, is all that matters. I don't care what YOU like, I make my own decisions. That being said, I do feel the need to vent a little. You people who are complaining that this CD sounds nothing like the "old" Matchbox Twenty need to get a grip cuz guess what? People grow up, mature, and change. Usually, so does their music. NO ONE could ever claim that the later Beatles music sounds ANYTHING like the early stuff. Does that make their later music bad? No, it just makes it different. I suspect that if this CD sounded exactly like MB20's first one, you same folks would be moaning about how "it sounds like everything else they've ever done."
I liked most of it. Personally for me, there's always one or 2 songs on every CD I don't really like as much (including earlier MB20 CDs). After 2 listens, I don't really care that much for "English Town". Although I don't totally dislike "Put Your Hands Up" or "Our Song", they both sound a bit too much like club/bar music. And there's something about "Like Sugar" that rubs me the wrong way, but it's not a bad song. I just don't care for the whole "tastes like sugar" thing. I love Rob Thomas's voice (I have both his solo albums and don't like all of his songs either), but I LOVE "The Way" and it's not even sung by him, but by one of the other band members (who has a great voice himself!) As for all the critics who keep slamming "She's So Mean", sorry but you're all just totally off base on this one. The song ROCKS, literally. Makes me wanna get up and dance everytime I hear it. Nope, it's not "typical" Matchbox Twenty" but that doesn't keep it from being an awesome song.
Basically, I say instead of fixating on what this album DOESN'T sound like, listen to it and judge it on it's own merit. It may not win any awards (but then again, most of the music that does sucks), but it's an enjoyable CD and I'm not sorry I purchased it.