More Than You Think You Are

More Than You Think You Are

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by Matchbox Twenty

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Their follow-up to 2000's Mad Season, More than You Think You Are was produced by Matchbox Twenty's longtime studio collaborator, Matt Serletic, and features the hit single "Disease." According to Grammy-winning frontman Rob Thomas, "This is probably the most rockin' record we've ever done.... But at the same time, there's a warmness


Their follow-up to 2000's Mad Season, More than You Think You Are was produced by Matchbox Twenty's longtime studio collaborator, Matt Serletic, and features the hit single "Disease." According to Grammy-winning frontman Rob Thomas, "This is probably the most rockin' record we've ever done.... But at the same time, there's a warmness to the record, a real organic quality that I just love."

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since their 1996 debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, which went on to multi-platinum status -- matchbox twenty have achieved a rare popularity that's endured a storm of teen-pop and rap-metal with their dependable, if somewhat staid, brand of emotive rock 'n' roll. So kudos to Rob Thomas and company for challenging themselves on their third disc, on which they discard some of the pop sheen of 2000's Mad Season -- or, more accurately, emphasize the good-natured rootsiness that's underscored their less-heard tracks all along. More Than You Think You Are isn't a radical departure from the ghosts of matchbox past, but -- as evidenced by the stuttering disco-rock rhythms that burble through "Disease," the disc's single, which features Mick Jagger -- the quintet are venturing out from the middle of the road a little more often. "Bright Lights" is a stately bit of southern soul that, thanks to its sinuous piano line, recalls mid-period Black Crowes. The album as a whole affirms the band's shared southern culture more strongly than previous efforts, particularly in the gospel tinges that creep into the melody of "Downfall" and the steel-guitar lines that vein "Hand Me Down." Thomas still has a tendency to leap in at melodrama's deep end, particularly on "Soul," but his heated declarations are tempered, for the most part, by cleverly constructed acoustic melodies and rich-but-rustic arrangements. With each successive album, matchbox twenty declares there's indeed more to their music than chart numbers alone might reveal.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The best proof that Matchbox Twenty is not the Rob Thomas project? Their third album, More Than You Think You Are. If this was simply the work of Thomas, this album would likely be more like their very fine second album, a savvy mainstream pop record that casually displayed his songwriting skills and was casually eclectic. This? This sounds like the effort of a band who not only wants to rock again, but feels compelled to rock again, to prove that they are indeed a band. Perhaps this would have worked if they had either a strong set of songs or a sinewy, persuasive production. They have neither. The songs lack hooks, as if melody would be too commercial, while the production has its sights on the radio, resulting in tuneless songs that are polished for mainstream consumption. It's a weird miscalculation, a regression to the faceless post-alternative rock of their debut. It's a shame, really -- as the years since Yourself or Someone Like You have proven, no matter how disparaged they were in 1996, they did this post-alternative mainstream rock thing better than many bands, because they didn't hesitate to embrace the mainstream. Here, they try for credibility and lose the very things that proved their strengths in the past.

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Performance Credits

Matchbox Twenty   Primary Artist
Cheryl Pepsii Riley   Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Barry Finclair   Violin
Crystal Garner   Viola
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Joel Lester   Tenor (Vocal)
Jan Mullen   Violin
Sue Pray   Viola
Erik Ralske   French Horn
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Donna Tecco   Violin
Rob Thomas   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerome Ashby   French Horn
Carol Webb   Violin,Concert Master
Sarah Adams   Viola
Maura Giannini   Violin
William A. Richardson   Tenor (Vocal)
Melonie Daniels   Background Vocals
Matt Serletic   Conga,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Brian Yale   Bass
Adam Gaynor   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Kyle Cook   Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Paul Doucette   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Clavinet,Mellotron
Ahmed Wallace   Tenor (Vocal)
Suquilah Stillwell   Soprano (Vocal)
Vince Lionti   Viola
Takeytha Johnson   Soprano (Vocal)
Dejahnee Richardson   Alto (Vocal)
Ty'Ann Brown   Alto (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Tony Adams   Drum Technician
Craig Poole   Guitar Techician
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Mark Dobson   Engineer
Matt Serletic   Producer,Orchestration
Jan Smith   Vocal Coach
Roudy Michel   Choir Contractor
Greg Collins   Engineer
Patrick Woodward   Engineer

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More Than You Think You Are 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I downloaded the new song "Disease", and it is insanely good. I can't wait to see what the mb20 will be like, cuz it's been about 4 years. So far it looks great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
heard the song "disease" already from official site. its quite edgy. i'm hoping the rest of the songs are along the same lines.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good cd. there are so few you can get these days that you actually enjoy every song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just got the cd today as it came out. i think that the songs are just as great as the others. it has a different style than the other cds but i think its really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Matchbox twenty so much that I had to run out and buy their new cd as soon as it came out. I have been a fan since the first cd and you will not be disappointed with their new album. A slight departure from what fans are used to, but still an amazing record. Rob Thomas as usual delivers all of the songs with amazing emotion. I would recommend this album to anyone because it has a song for every occasion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was completely blown the first time I listened to this album because it is unlike anything I could imagine matchbox twenty making. Every song goes to the beat of its own drummer (so to speak) and it was just one surprise after another. The cd begins with hard rock n' roll with a, dare I say, death metal bass line, and never looks back. This is an album full of hard rock with some "Soul" thrown in. The stand-out track is "Unwell" with a guitar part that almost made me cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They have done it again! I swear, if it's possible, each one of their CD's are amazing, yet better than the last. I enthusiastically recommend buying this won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MB20 amazes time and agine. I love every song on the cd, some better than others of course.. I've gotton many cd's from other artists and really love a few songs on the cd but could care less about the others.. but this MB20 cd.. I LOVE this whole cd!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great mix of good old rock and roll and even a hint of Beatles
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews but i must for this cd. This cd is the best cd I have bought in a long time. I listen to matchbox 20 on the radio; but never bought their cd until this one. wow. Rob thomas sings with such passion and all the songs are amazing. Bright lights is my favorite.. but all of them are amazing. i am happy that i spent my 12 dollars on the cd i will enjoy the rest of my life. can't wait for the tour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought this as soon as it came out and CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO IT! I was surprised that it's so different that their previous two efforts, but I LOVE IT! Louder guitar, more drums, and Rob's vocals are a bit more edgy. Bright Lights and Unwell are the standout tracks. BUY IT - you'll LOVE IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this record. I thought that some of the songs could've had a little more tweaking done on them, but overall It's M.20's best yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic cd. You might think you are buying it just to hear disease, and then you find every song on the album is just as great!!! It is different from the 1st two CD's, but Rob Thomas will not let you down. His voice is just amazing!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the work with Jagger must have paid off here. By far their most mature and praise-worthy album yet, this record adds a delightful dash of southern rock to the already above-the-rest blend we're used to seeing from them. Top-40 radio is littered with lackluster groups such as Nickelback, Lifehouse, Hoobastank, Default - bands that seem spawned from the craze over Matchbox 20, but fall into void by sounding like nothing more than the same four guys under a different band name. Boring. Yet here the originators return adding an unexpected and all-too-welcome bit to the mix. Bravo. The most noteworthy tracks would be the first, "Feel", which opens the CD and lets the listener in on the little secret new sound the rest of the CD holds. It's incredibly well-layered, as is the other of the greatest tracks on the CD, "Downfall", with a fantastic little gospel choir that gets things going.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a world of below average popular music, matchbox twenty is a bright spot like no other. With musical talent that belies their 6 year existance in the pop scene, this is the bands best record to date, and I think they will only get better as time goes on. Go buy this album now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new matchbox twenty cd is a third great cd from the band! The new single "Disease" was released with an awesome video to further showcase the single. Other songs I felt were really good were "Unwell", "Cold" and "Bright Lights". The songs vary from hard rock, alternative rock, and even alittle country rock to round out the cd. Even if you have not purchased the other Matchbox twenty cd's, this one is a cool one to start with. I am sure you will want to collect all of the cs after buying this one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The third album from matchbox twenty is going to be a hit. This is one of those CDs you can listen to straight through, over and over no matter what mood you are in. The CD is very dynamic in that each track has a different sound. You really get to know the individual talents of each member of the band from this CD. It will be one of those CDs that everyone has in their collection. Great CD, well worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Matchbox Twenty's new release "More Than You Think You Are" is emotionally powerful. It's sweet, funky, rockin' and all out wonderful. This is a CD you can listen to from beginning to end and still want more! It's inspiring, passionate and from the heart. If you're already a fan or just discovering Matchbox Twenty, "More Than You Think You Are" will take you on a musical ride that you won't want to end.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
3 albums...3 times better than anything I've heard!! Either my CD player is having some type of reaction to the CD and won't release it or it's true that I CANNOT hit the eject button. I suggest you go out and buy this CD now!!! x 3 (one for your car; one for your office; one for your home stereo)!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The boys have done it again. When the album first came out I thought I might not enjoy it as much because everyone had a hand in writing the music with this album. I should have know it would be brilliant. The lyrics catch the soul, and the beat makes you want to dance. I have listened to the entire album at least fifty times and can't get enough of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many bands cannot keep the quality of their songs from album to album. This is not the case of Matchbox Twenty. Sice Youself Or Someone Like You, their songs are just becoming greater!!! What can I say about Disease? Or Unwell?? Well, I dont know, I just know that you must hear this CD (and also the other two). Great songs, great lyrics and beautiful rithyms!! This album is more than you think!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You will like this album. Even the cynic out there who has decided NEVER to succumb to the songwriting of Rob Thomas will have to admit that this is a good album. Smooth was no fluke. Millions can't be wrong. From the get go "More than you think you are" grabs the listener and hangs on to them. These are good pop songs, good rock songs and good love songs. Good songs period. You will have to admit that you like More than you think you are much more than you thought you would.