Mad Season

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
After selling about a zillion copies of their debut album, matchbox twenty could have easily coasted along with a formulaic follow-up to YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU. But give them credit: Although they depart only slightly from the emotive hard rock sound on MAD SEASON's first single, "Bent," Rob Thomas and company do toss some new ideas into the mix. From the summery horn lines that propel "Black and White People" to the syncopated grooves that bubble under "Last Beautiful Girl," it's evident that Thomas has seen some new musical horizons while working with Carlos Santana on the multiple Grammy-winning "Smooth." Abetted again by producer Matt Serletic, the quintet ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
After selling about a zillion copies of their debut album, matchbox twenty could have easily coasted along with a formulaic follow-up to YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU. But give them credit: Although they depart only slightly from the emotive hard rock sound on MAD SEASON's first single, "Bent," Rob Thomas and company do toss some new ideas into the mix. From the summery horn lines that propel "Black and White People" to the syncopated grooves that bubble under "Last Beautiful Girl," it's evident that Thomas has seen some new musical horizons while working with Carlos Santana on the multiple Grammy-winning "Smooth." Abetted again by producer Matt Serletic, the quintet make considerably more use of the studio than on the relatively stripped-down YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU, adding new layers of turbulent sonics to riff-fests such as "Angry" and "You Won't Be Mine" and manifesting a surprising sensitive side on such cuts as "Stop," which is punctuated by Thomas's melodic piano. Whether you've come to expect fist-pumping rock or smooth moves from matchbox twenty, MAD SEASON is guaranteed not to disappoint.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On Yourself or Someone Like You, Matchbox Twenty's ability to craft sturdy, mainstream rock was overshadowed by their reliance on loud guitars, colorless production, and bombastic vocalizing. They trade that sound for a varied, accomplished, smooth production on their second album, Mad Season. Throughout this record, Matchbox Twenty seem unashamed that they sound their best when they're simply a mainstream rock band. They exploit this strength by expanding the production, adding horns and layers of keyboards to their sound, opening up the mix, and emphasizing their melodies. That shift in direction may disarm some fans of the debut, which was pretty much just guitars, but the band winds up with a big, bright, shiny album that's livelier than its predecessor. That alone makes Mad Season more engaging than the debut, but the real surprise is the group's growth as craftsmen and Rob 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, they tone down their performances and while the end result is heavily produced, the overall feel is more relaxed and welcoming than the debut. 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, unabashedly mainstream record that finds the band coming into their own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678333927
  • Catalog Number: 83339
  • Sales rank: 3,753

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angry (3:45)
  2. 2 Black and White People (3:45)
  3. 3 Crutch (3:25)
  4. 4 Last Beautiful Girl (4:04)
  5. 5 If You're Gone (4:35)
  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 (4:34)
  12. 12 Stop (3:50)
  13. 13 You Won't Be Mine (9:54)
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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, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
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, Pro-Tools
Matt Serletic Producer, Orchestration
Jan Smith Vocal Coach
Shawn Grove Digital Editing
Paul Doucette Composer, Art Direction
Michael Lippman Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I wish I could give it 10 stars!**********

    This is is an awesome cd! I love all the songs, especially Mad Season. I reccomend it to anyone. Please email me if you like to talk about music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this CD!

    I love Matchbox Twenty, and this album is by far the best, well so far anyway. I love the song "Mad Season". The way he says "I feel stupid" is great, and I love the guitar part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite CD from my favorite band

    This CD is incredible. If you haven't fallen in love with Matchbox 20 yet, buy either one of their CDs and it is inevitable. I've gotten almost all of my friends into them even though normally they all disagree on music (one likes pop, one likes rap, one barely listens, etc.) MATCHBOX 20 ROCKS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This group is awsome

    I enjoy their original music, their fun lyrics and the way they work together as a team. This group has an incredible sound, espesially the ''classical'' bit at the very end of the cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love This CD!!!!!!

    This is by far their best cd yet!! My absolute favorites are the songs Angry, Rest Stop, Bent, Bed Of Lies, Last Beautiful Girl, and You Won't Be Mine. All the other songs are also very good. I recommend this cd to any Matchbox 20 fan. This is a ''must have'' cd!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best ever!!

    I bought this c.d on may 30 2000, its now aug. 21, 01 and i'm still listening to it. I own 64 c.d's and this is the best out of all of them. i think that they are the best band to come out after 1995. This album is just incredible, w/songs like, rest stop, how its gonna be and bent, Rob thomas shows that he is the most talented lead man out there right now. he rights incredible lyrics and great music, simply put he's the man and this album kicks a**.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is my only CD that I enjoy all the songs.

    This CD is almost entirely different than the first. It shows different perspectives of new/old issues that a listener can enjoy and relate to. This is a good CD to listen to if you get majorly angry (pun intended). My personal favorite is Rest Stop. If you get a chance to listen to it, you should, it's funny. The songs are all unique. You Won't Be Mine is a strong, but perhaps powerful slow song, and a nice ending to the CD. I strongly recommend that you get this, but if your parents aren't into your music, don't blast it too loud. On the other hand, your ma's parents probably didn't like the Beatles....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mad Season is my favorite CD of all time

    This album is amazing. Every song, if it doesn't hook you at first, which most do, it will eventually. Rob Thomas is the most underrated song writer of our time- the lyrics run deep and he shows up how convincing the songs are with hEARtpounding emotion. They are all at once catchy, powerful, and moving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Every song is excellent!!

    The first time I bought the CD (I loved the first one) I had read a negative review in a magazine and was a little skeptical. But, once I heard the first song, i knew the review was wrong. The entire CD has one amazing song after the next. Even when they play songs a thousand times on the radio, i can go home and listen to it again and again. If you remember when Rob Thomas (lead singer) sang with Santana, the song Smooth hit high on the charts. Its all in Rob's voice. I love the CD and would recommend it to anyone!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover

    This is currently the prized possession in my cd collection. Although it is fairly easy to judge Matchbox Twenty by the enourmous amount of airplay and mainstream exposure, they are not your typical mainstream band with a couple of catchy radio tunes. The main attraction I have to this album and all of their material is the pure emotion of the songs. Yes, all of the songs are pretty much darker, rockier, deeper.... they're not exactly a party band, and the cd is not going to give you a nice warm fuzzy feeling. This is a very emotion filled cd, and with the main force of Rob Thomas's vocals, any listener will connect. They took a few more chances then their first cd and used more insturments; intern each song definetly has it's own character. It's tough to choose favorites, but I would say ''Crutch'' is my favorite energy induced song, ''Rest Stop'' is my favorite ''ballad'', and ''You Won't Be Mine'' is just in it's own category..... it's very elegant and mysterious, and one of the best performances at their concerts. Anyone who values emotion in lyrics will enjoy this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Matchbox 20 ROCKS!

    I listened to this album at a friends house and it is one of my favorite cds of all time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yay. ^_^.;

    This is one of my all time favorite CDs. My favorite is Bed of Lies. It reminds me so much of a character I made up. And Mad Season's a great one too, reminds me of... myself. ^^.; I love their music, I can relate to all of it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mad Season

    I LOVE this cd. I think Matchbox Twenty is a VERY talented group that has a LONG future ahead of them. There is a variety of music on here, something for EVERYONE. A sound like theirs has the capability to change with the times and meet the needs of a changing audience. DEFINITLY 5 STARS!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listen to music and read a book

    I read Evolution by Jennifer MacDonald while listening to this cd, both from B&N. I received them about the same time. Buy the book, listen to the music, both are awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All Tastes Considered

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TOP TEN

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Mad Season'' is the one of the greatest CD's ever!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From 11 to 39, we all love it!

    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++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS MAD SEASON WON'T GET YOU DOWN

    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!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of the Decade

    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.

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