Exile on Mainstream [USB]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Say this for Matchbox Twenty -- they've gotten better the longer they've stuck around. And that's not just their music, either: they've dropped the pretense of spelling their name as matchbox 20, they've gone away from cumbersome album titles, and they've embraced their status as MOR rockers. All of this is evident on Exile on Mainstream, which is not only the first of their albums to bear a simple yet clever title, it's a collection of hits that traces their progression into a good, solid mainstream band and is also buttressed by an EP that finds them livelier than ever. Bolder, too, especially on the rockabilly of "I'll Believe You When" and the slow oldies ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Say this for Matchbox Twenty -- they've gotten better the longer they've stuck around. And that's not just their music, either: they've dropped the pretense of spelling their name as matchbox 20, they've gone away from cumbersome album titles, and they've embraced their status as MOR rockers. All of this is evident on Exile on Mainstream, which is not only the first of their albums to bear a simple yet clever title, it's a collection of hits that traces their progression into a good, solid mainstream band and is also buttressed by an EP that finds them livelier than ever. Bolder, too, especially on the rockabilly of "I'll Believe You When" and the slow oldies beat of "Can't Let You Go," which are light and dexterous in a way they've never been before. These are balanced by a few cuts that don't stretch quite as far, but the propulsive pop "If I Fall," charging anthem "How Far We've Come," and earnest ballad "These Hard Times" are smooth, accomplished mainstream pop that are better constructed in every respect than their earliest hits. That much is evident by this EP's juxtaposition with the 11-track greatest-hits disc, which has all their big radio hits presented in chronological order. There are a few minor hits missing -- "Angry," "Last Beautiful Girl," "Downfall," none of which climbed that high on the charts -- so this has everything that a modern rock or adult contemporary radio listener would know, and the striking thing about listening to the disc is to hear how they abandoned the angst-ridden cartwheels that weighed down "Push" and built upon the snappy hooks of "Real World" and "3 AM," developing a sense of melodic craft that flourished in the smooth ballad "If You're Gone" and the arena rocker "Unwell." These were highlights on their respective albums, but when these moments are put together as a hits collection, it makes for a surprisingly entertaining batch of mainstream rock -- but the real story is the bonus disc, which suggests that after this collection is out of the way, Matchbox Twenty may have their first very good studio album on the way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678996986
  • Catalog Number: 297340
  • Sales rank: 22,516

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 How Far We've Come (3:30)
  2. 2 I'll Believe You When (3:16)
  3. 3 All Your Reasons (2:40)
  4. 4 These Hard Times (3:48)
  5. 5 If I Fall (2:47)
  6. 6 Can't Let You Go (3:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Long Day (3:45)
  2. 2 Push (3:57)
  3. 3 3 Am (3:44)
  4. 4 Real World (3:50)
  5. 5 Back 2 Good (5:37)
  6. 6 Bent (4:17)
  7. 7 If You're Gone (4:34)
  8. 8 Mad Season (5:07)
  9. 9 Disease (3:38)
  10. 10 Unwell (3:57)
  11. 11 Bright Lights (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matchbox Twenty Primary Artist
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Stevie Blacke Strings
Barry Finclair Violin
Crystal Garner Viola
Carl Gorodetzky Concert Master
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris McDonald Conductor
Jan Mullen Violin
The Nashville String Machine Track Performer
Sue Pray Viola
Donna Tecco Violin
Rob Thomas Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Melodica, Group Member
Carol Webb Violin, Concert Master
Sarah Adams Viola
Maura Giannini Violin
Amy K. Porter Flute
Matt Serletic Percussion, Keyboards
Elizabeth Burkhardt Bassoon, Leader
Ted Gurch Clarinet
Yvonne Powers Oboe
Brian Yale Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Ryan MacMillan Drums
Adam Gaynor Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Kyle Cook Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist, Group Member
Paul Doucette Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Casio, Group Member
Vince Lionti Viola
Matt Beck Organ
Enrico DiCecco Violin
Jonathan Dinklage Violin
Douglas Edwards Smith Bass Clarinet
Atlanta Brass Society Track Performer
Lydia Mann Jaime Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
Tony Adams Drum Technician
Stevie Blacke String Arrangements
Noel Golden Engineer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Jeff Tomei Engineer
Craig Poole Guitar Techician
Stewart Whitmore Mastering
Matchbox Twenty Composer
Mark Dobson Engineer, Digital Editing
CJ Eiriksson Engineer
Don C. Tyler Digital Editing
Matt Serletic Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Woodwind Arrangement
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Jan Smith Vocal Coach
Brian Yale Composer
Shawn Grove Pro-Tools
Paul Doucette Art Direction
Greg Collins Engineer
Michael Lippman Management
Patrick Woodward Engineer
Willy Donica Guitar Techician
Michael James Moore Artistic Director
Paul Soucette String Arrangements
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    GREAT CD!

    THIS IS A GREAT BEST OF CD.BUY IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A homage

    For any real Matchbox 20 or Rob Thomas fan this double CD album is a true homage to this great band, their hits and amazing talent. Personally this album presentz a walk through the best time of my life. A must have for every loyal fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A real fan....

    This double album is just incredible. Rob Thomas has the vocals down like he always has. Hearing the band together again is fantastic. There is a really great variety of songs also. It just leaves me wanting more!

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

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    ┬┐Exile On Mainstream┬┐ by Matchbox Twenty features many of their

    “Exile On Mainstream” by Matchbox Twenty features many of their top songs that spotlighted the group’s talent. “Push”, “3 AM’, “Bent”, and “How Far We’ve Come” are some of the fun hits on this greatest hits collection. “Exile On Mainstream” by Matchbox Twenty is best for those who like alternative rock and/or at least five songs by Rob Thomas and/or Matchbox Twenty.

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