More Than You Think You Are

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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 to the record, a real organic quality that I just love."
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...
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Editorial Reviews

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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 to the record, a real organic quality that I just love."
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.

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678361227
  • Catalog Number: 83612
  • Sales rank: 39,682

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feel (3:19)
  2. 2 Disease (3:39)
  3. 3 Bright Lights (3:54)
  4. 4 Unwell (3:48)
  5. 5 Cold (3:15)
  6. 6 All I Need (3:41)
  7. 7 Hand Me Down (5:02)
  8. 8 Could I Be You (3:43)
  9. 9 Downfall (4:07)
  10. 10 Soul (4:34)
  11. 11 You're So Real (3:01)
  12. 12 The Difference (10:32)
  13. 13 Disease (6:06)
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Album Credits

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
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Craig Poole Guitar Techician
Stewart Whitmore Mastering
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Mark Dobson Engineer, Digital Editing
Matt Serletic Producer, Orchestration
Jan Smith Vocal Coach
Roudy Michel Choir Contractor
Greg Collins Engineer
Patrick Woodward Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Great Music Continues

    Love, love, love this CD. Matchbox Twenty continues to meld the lyrics and music with great arrangements. I enjoy all of the songs, but Bright Lights is my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    I bought the CD for Unwell; the first time I was listening to the CD I thought "this is a waste of money"; after the 2nd time through, I have come to truly enjoy the CD. I listen to it everytime I work out and often in the car.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bright Lights!!!!!!!!!!!

    I Love the song bright lights!!!! and the rest of the album too, but bright lights is my favorite song of all time, it touches my soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love this cd!

    I really like this cd i thinks it's the best of theres. The songs "Disease", "Unwell" and "Handme down" are awsome! but i love the whole cd. It's so nice not to have to skip one of the songs.:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Matchbox Twenty Pwns

    Most people usually have a favorite CD that they can listen to over an over again without becoming bored. Most of the time, I take that CD for a "Test Drive" and they never really stick to me. Matchbox Twenty is probably the ONLY band that I can listen to over and over without getting bored. Both, the instrumentals and the vocals pull you right in and don't let go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rock n Roll

    Overall this is a fantastic and rocking album. When you listen to the songs in this album you can feel the energize,warm,rock,cool,exiting,emotional and active. My favoutite songs in this album are feel, disease, bright lights(adult top 40 chart highest position no.2), unwell, cold, all i need, could i be you, hand me down, downfall, soul, you're real, and the difference. Did i mention all the songs?. No wonder i rate this album 5 stars. I'll recommend this album to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WORST CD EVER

    MATCHBOX 20 SUCK! AND THIS CD IS THERE CR@PPIEST ONE YET. ALL OF THE SONGS SUCK AND ARE SO BORING TO LISTEN TOO!!! AND ALL THE SONGS SOUND THE SAME!!! IN A WORD.... CR@P!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Favorite CD

    This is a great cd, it isn't just a few singles and filler. Every song is great. There is good mix of slow, pretty songs and upbeat songs with catchy rythms and words. It became my favorite cd pretty quickly. My favorite songs on it are "Hand Me Down", "Bright Lights", and "The Difference".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Yet!!!!!

    This cd is the best yet I can't stop listening to it. I love all of matchbox Twentys CDs. my favorite songs are Feel, Disease, Down fall, Your so real and So sad so lonely. I love Rob's voice its calming and very smooth and sexy. Matchbox Twenty Rocks!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy this CD. it's worth the money!

    I'm not feeling the first song but the rest of the cd i'm already in love with. From #3 Bright LIghts till the end of the CD, i can listen all the way through. My personal fav is unwell, but who wouldn't love this song?? it's addicting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    Every track is great to listen to, not one bad song in the mix.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbeatable!

    In spite of the fact that I believe almost any band could make a great CD with Rob Thomas' vocals to lead the way, these guys have talent and are willing to put in extra effort! They've added extra enhancements to their music (and not just in this CD - even on Mad Season, and on their Mad Season tour!)such as choral groups, french horns, trumpets and violin/viola section! These guys really know how to make music - this isn't just some blast-3-chords-and-bang-on-the-drums sort of rock. This group has talent and depth which exceeds the awareness of most of their fans. Which is fine, because those of us who realize it are appropriately impressed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Fabulous!

    Loved it, loved it, loved it... If you are a matchbox 20 fan, or even if you so much just liked a couple of their songs you hear on the radio, this is an absolute must!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FYI

    I'm not really reviewing the album here, although what I heard from the sound clips it sounds like another smash hit. It's the sound clips I wanted to tell you about. While the audio clips themselves are placed correctly, the titles are mixed up. It should go: 1 Feel, 2 Disease, 3 Bright Lights, 4 Unwell, 5 Cold, 6 All I Need, 7 Hand Me Down, 8 Could I Need You, 9 Downfall, 10 Soul, 11 You're So Real, 12 The Difference. Just thought I would bring that to your attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MTYTYA--AWESOME-MB20 IS MY FAV BAND

    I was somewhat nervous about what kind of sound they would have on this album since I find there is a significant difference between their first and second. I admit, I had to listen to it a few times before things started to catch with me--but I did the same for their other cd's as well. This is one of the few cd's you can purchase and not only want to listen to every song, but enjoy it as well. I just knew "Unwell" would be the next single. My guess for the next after this one, "Bright Lights" maybe. Can't wait for the tour. This is a band that sounds great live. None of the unnecessary theatrics, just the purity of their music. Love these guys!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievable-I can't express in words how great this band and this album are.

    I didn't think that Matchbox Twenty could make an album better than their first two albums, especially Mad Season. But once again they suprised me with this album. This album is flawless. Every song is great and so well produced. Their obvious hit singles "Disease" and "Unwell" prove to us that they still have what it takes to stay with, or should I say surpass, today's society's taste in music. By the way, every song has the potential and quality to be a hit single. And once again Rob Thomas amazes me with his powerful voice. Its so nice to again hear a voice with soul. The last singer that had soul in his voice was Paul McCartney...go listen to "Oh Darling!" by the Beatles. One of the highlights of this album is the bridge in You're So Real..."You always know just who you are/You never needed someone else/to realize yourself." "Hand Me Down," "Cold," "The Difference," I could name all the songs but I won't. Go buy the album now and find out first hand how wonderful this band and the music they produce truly are. If you like good music then you should go get yourself this album. "More Than You Think Are" = BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR. Enough said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have album

    matchbox twenty gets better and better. this is a well rounded album with some surprises along the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good Album

    I have never been a MB20 fan, nor have I bought any of their albums, but I decided to take a chance on this one, and I don't regret buying this cd. This is a really talented rock band, and a really enjoyable album. Their music and sound is reminiscent of The Black Crowes, but with their own taste put in, which is awesome. It really is rare to find good rock cd's these days, but this one is worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Superior Offering by an Exceptionally Talented Band

    This album deserves the highest accolades. Superior songwriting pervades, with outstanding performances highlighting each song. Rob Thomas' voice is strong, clear, emotional, giving each note the meaning that fills out the song. As with other Matchbox Twenty albums, the styles and feels fill the spectrum, yet when you listen, each song style fits together perfectly. Whether it's hard rock [Cold, Feel], bluesy [Hand Me Down], lyrical [Bright Lights, The Difference], or just fun [So Sad So Lonely, Disease] , Rob sings his heart out - so much, that it's quite difficult to find a favorite song!! This is definitely a Must Have CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More Than You Think You Are

    Well, one more time MB20 give us another gift... What a perfect album!!! Well, if you liked the two other albums, run to hear this one. If you didn´t like, listen anyway: you´ll be surprised. Beautiful lyrics, perfect rythims... And, of course, Rob´s voice!Wait till you listen Bright Lights, or Unwell, or The Difference... It´s impossible not feel like you are in another place... This "disease" is very welcome!

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