Mad Season [Special Package]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Upon its release in 1996, Matchbox Twenty's debut album Yourself and Someone Like You didn't seem like a sure-fire blockbuster, partially because in the wake of grunge and alt-rock, it seemed a little too straightforward, anthemic, and mainstream. As it turned out, those were the very things that made it a huge success. It stayed on the charts for years, as it spun off a series of singles that found their niche on rock and pop radio, then stayed there for the better course of a year. As the group prepared their second album, they didn't fade away, thanks to the unexpected success of lead singer/songwriter Rob Thomas's guest vocals on Santana's comeback single, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Upon its release in 1996, Matchbox Twenty's debut album Yourself and Someone Like You didn't seem like a sure-fire blockbuster, partially because in the wake of grunge and alt-rock, it seemed a little too straightforward, anthemic, and mainstream. As it turned out, those were the very things that made it a huge success. It stayed on the charts for years, as it spun off a series of singles that found their niche on rock and pop radio, then stayed there for the better course of a year. As the group prepared their second album, they didn't fade away, thanks to the unexpected success of lead singer/songwriter Rob Thomas's guest vocals on Santana's comeback single, "Smooth." That song had Latin rhythms that tagged it as a Santana song, but its classicist structure and earnest melodicism made it seem as much a Matchbox Twenty tune as a Santana number. Whether the success of "Smooth" was a factor in shaping the sound of the group's second album, Mad Season, may not matter much, even if the record boasts a huge, smooth production and is considerably more varied and accomplished than its predecessor. Chances are, the group was headed in that direction anyway. And thankfully so -- the loud guitars, direct production, and bombastic vocalizing that characterized Yourself or Someone Like You undercut the group's ability to craft sturdy, mainstream rock. On Mad Season, Matchbox Twenty seems unashamed that they sound their best when they're simply a mainstream rock band. They're not just unashamed, they exploit this as their strength by expanding the production, adding horns and layers of keyboards to their sound, opening up the mix, and emphasizing their melodies. While that shift in direction may disarm some fans of the debut, which was pretty much just straight guitars, the band winds up with a big, bright, shiny album that's considerably more colorful than it's predecessor. That alone makes Mad Season a more engaging record than the debut, but it also is the real surprise of the group's growth as craftsmen and Thomas' progression as a songwriter and singer. Prior to this album, Thomas had a tendency to oversell his songs, not just in the delivery but in the writing, and the band followed him along. Here, he and the group tone down their performances, never pushing themselves to oversell a song. True, the end result is heavily produced and filled with little details, but the overall feel is more relaxed and welcoming than Yourself or Someone Like You, since the band has accepted their identity as a mainstream rock band. Of course, it also helps that they have a solid set of songs -- a set that eclipses their previous effort, even if there are a few dull moments here and there. Even with those occasional missteps, the end result is a strong, entertaining, unabashedly mainstream record that shows the band finding their own voice. Since it is a mainstream affair, it may not win them any new fans -- after all, they captured the mainstream with their debut -- but the band's detractors may grudgingly admit that these tunes sound better on the radio which is where they sound the best than those from the first LP. [Mad Season was also released in a limited-edition special package, which essentially was a small hardcover book containing the liner notes and the disc itself. There is no exclusive material in this special edition, outside of the packaging itself.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678330223
  • Catalog Number: 83302
  • Sales rank: 123,265

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angry (3:44)
  2. 2 Black & White People (3:45)
  3. 3 Crutch (3:25)
  4. 4 Last Beautiful Girl (4:03)
  5. 5 If You're Gone (4:34)
  6. 6 Mad Season (5:02)
  7. 7 Rest Stop (4:29)
  8. 8 The Burn (3:27)
  9. 9 Bent (4:16)
  10. 10 Bed of Lies (5:22)
  11. 11 Leave (4:33)
  12. 12 Stop (3:49)
  13. 13 You Won't Be Mine (12:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matchbox Twenty Primary Artist
Tony Adams Drums
Sam Bacco Percussion
Carl Gorodetzky Concert Master
Chris McDonald Conductor
The Nashville String Machine Performing Ensemble
Rob Thomas Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Peter Stuart Background Vocals
Brian Yale Bass
Angie Aparo Background Vocals
Adam Gaynor Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Kyle Cook Guitar, Vocals
Paul Doucette Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Tony Adams Drum Technician
Noel Golden Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
David Thoener Engineer
Craig Poole Guitar Techician
Stewart Whitmore Mastering
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Mark Dobson Engineer, Digital Editing
Matt Serletic Producer, Orchestration
Jan Smith Vocal Coach
Paul Doucette Art Direction
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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Absolutely love their songs - the music and lyrics are amazing.

    Absolutely love their songs - the music and lyrics are amazing.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Themselves or Someone Like Them

    For those of you who like to rock: don't get this album. For those of you who like to chill: get this album. Though ''Yourself or Someone Like You'' was a straight out rock album, ''Mad Season'' settles on MB20's softer side. The songs are heavily engineered, and this brings a weakness to some songs. ''Rest Stop'' went from a grade-A song (when heard live) to a grade-C version on the album. ''Mad Season,'' (the song, not the album itself) though one of the rockers on this album, is littered by too many layers. Rob and Marisol obviously did not have the ''made-for-a-Lifetime-wedding-special''relationship that has been portrayed: according to Rob, a lot of the songs were influenced by their relationship. Enough bashing; the album does have many highlights, including ''Bent,'' ''Crutch,'' ''Angry,'' and the James Bondish anthum ''You Won't Be Mine.'' And remember: just because its different doesn't mean its worse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hell Yeah!!!!

    Their music never changed from their last album...It got even better!!! This is a cool album not monotonous and never tiring to hear. Check out the title track 'Mad Seasons' and 'Crutch.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In love with MatchBox 20

    Rob Thomas and crew are the best. Their first album is the only album i have on which i love every song. I have only heard 'Bent' so far but that is all i need to hear to know its going to be another winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievable!

    Since the first time I heard Matchbox 20 (with that 'voice' that Rob Thomas has!), I've been mesmerized! I LIVED on the first album! Then the brainstorm with Santana and Rob came out -- OH MY GOD! I didn't think it could get any better! Was I wrong!! This new CD is even better!! I am so in love with these guys and their talent! NEVER STOP!! PLEASE, PLEASE, DON'T STOP!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    These guys are kinda

    Matchbox Twenty is my favorite groups. I can't wait for this new tape to come outs. They are totally mint deluxe. They discuss important issues, like recycling. I enjoy wearing sandals while listening to their music.

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