Mad Season [Special Package]

Mad Season [Special Package]

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by Matchbox Twenty

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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…  See more details below


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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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matchbox Twenty   Primary Artist
Tony Adams   Drums
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Carl Gorodetzky   Concert Master
Chris McDonald   Conductor
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
David Thoener   Engineer
Craig Poole   Guitar Techician
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Mark Dobson   Engineer
Matt Serletic   Producer,Orchestration
Jan Smith   Vocal Coach
Paul Doucette   Art Direction

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Mad Season 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
DebsSweet More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love their songs - the music and lyrics are amazing.  
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, what can i say? These boys have done it again, but done it betters. I love the vibe of the CD, it makes me happy to be alive and hear such sweet sounds. They are the best band, even betters than Santana's song with that cutey Rob.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album! It is as good as the first album. Last Beautiful Girl and If Your Gone are the best tracks. Just buy this album you will not be sorry. I already pre-ordered 25 copies for my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I have only heard the song 'Bent', I can already tell this will be one of their best releases. I may be married but ROB Thomas has to has to be the hottest looking singer I have seen in years (and he has that exquisite voice that just puts me in a trance!!!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This second offering from the Matchsticks was worth the wait, Rob Thomas has done it again. This album is excellent. Angry, Rest Stop and If You're Gone are my favourites. I thought it would be difficult for the boys to live up to the high expectations, after the amazing sucess of (YOSLY), but they have come up with a more mature, soulful sounding album which is sure to be just as big for them. I now look forward to hearing the songs live when I catch them on tour next month. Buy the album - it's brilliant
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is terrific. I can't stop listening to it. I think my family's getting sick of it. But who cares? This is a sweet CD. It has rock to soft and slow tunes. It has everything. This is just a CD for good clean fun. I would recommend it to anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to newest CD 'Mad Season' , I can say the Matchbox Twenty will be around for quite a while. The lyrics of the songs are something that everyone can relate to sometime in their life no matter what your age maybe. Rob Thomas has done an excellant job on writing and co-writting the lyrics on the album. Not only did he write and perform the song 'Smooth' with Santana, but the man is smooth himself. Rob stated recently in an article with USA Today that he is able to be more in touch with his sensitive side then most of his Male friends, these lyrics prove just that by showing that love hurts and Rob's not afraid to show his emotions in his songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is wonderful. It will satisfy anyone's tastes. I am a huge matchbox twenty fan and I have to say that they just keep getting better and better! Rob Thomas' lyrics are beautiful and inspirational and the band is perfect along with him. I love the songs 'Bed Of Lies', 'Stop', and 'Crutch'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, they have done it again. I really loved the first album, and I'm REALLY liking this one. If you love Rob's voice as much as I do, then you have to get this one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this CD it is better than the first and I haven't taken it out of my cd player since I bought it. Buy this one! It is more than worth it! There isn't a bad song on the entire disc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cd's diffrent from others the songs are great and the lyrics are awsome the cds worth the money!$
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first Matchbox 20 CD was awesome. This one, of course shows improvement and growth, but only in some songs. A couple songs on this album seem a little uncreative and boring. Some even sound like each other. Otherwise, there are like 5 songs on this CD that are great, ALMOST making up for the unimaginative ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest CD I ever bought, and the only one I can honestly say that I loved all of the tracks on. I instantly became a Matchbox Twenty fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though some were doubtful that Matchbox Twenty could pull it off again, they have. Their new CD, Mad Season, proves to be a chart topping hit. With their diverse tracks, this CD is one everyone should own. Their music is full of a wide range of styles. I own this CD and it has become my favorite, with Yourself or Someone Like You-Matchbox Twenty's previous release. This is one CD no one should be without. I would recommend this to everyone. This is by far one of the best albums of the year. Well done Matchbox Twenty, and their talented song writer Rob Thomas, for you have again worked magic with music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is so different from all the other sound alike bands, I have played it over and over and never get tired of the music, by far the group of the millenium.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another brilliant M20 album. Along with great rock songs like ANGRY and CRUTCH, the guys have added more rock ballads like LAST BEAUTIFUL GIRL and REST STOP. The best songs are REST STOP, IF YOU'RE GONE, and LAST BEAUTIFUL GIRL. And Matchbox Twenty, you guys ROCK!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great, wonderful, awesome, Thomas with his angst filled rebellion makes me slip this CD in over and over, I like it and so does my 11 year old & that is a rare occurance! A++++
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so afraid this wouldn't live up to their first album but it totally exceeded my expectations. The lyrics are wonderful and Rob's voice is amazing. Anyone who buys this album will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This latest Album is a sure bet that you'll love it better than the first. Rob Thomas and the gang have reached everyone's high expections and made it to the top. This one is definately on my top ten list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rob Thomas and company do not dissappoint in this follow-up to their previous title You or Someone Like You. Musical fascination goes on a mystical wonder ride from smooth eighties inspired fare to the love/hate lyrical poetry their best known for. This CD is a highly enjoyable easy moving collection of hit makers disguised as regular tracks.