North

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Matchbox 20 never quite broke up. Rather, they simply faded away. One day, they were ubiquitous, the next, they just weren't there and they stayed hidden for the better part of a decade, cobbling together a hits album and accompanying tour in 2007 but taking their time crafting their fourth album. A full ten years separate 2012's North and its predecessor, More Than You Think You Are, a decade gap that seems slightly shorter due to Rob Thomas' pair of solo albums and also in how Matchbox 20 pick up where they left off, spending only the briefest amount of time reckoning with pop trends that have surfaced since their last record (i.e., the disco-rock pulse of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Matchbox 20 never quite broke up. Rather, they simply faded away. One day, they were ubiquitous, the next, they just weren't there and they stayed hidden for the better part of a decade, cobbling together a hits album and accompanying tour in 2007 but taking their time crafting their fourth album. A full ten years separate 2012's North and its predecessor, More Than You Think You Are, a decade gap that seems slightly shorter due to Rob Thomas' pair of solo albums and also in how Matchbox 20 pick up where they left off, spending only the briefest amount of time reckoning with pop trends that have surfaced since their last record (i.e., the disco-rock pulse of "Put Your Hands Up" and a few groove-oriented cuts that betray the influence of Maroon 5). But that doesn't necessarily mean North is a relic of the new millennium, sounding like everything else the band's ever done. Remarkably, Matchbox 20 has lightened up with age, whittling away any excess and pretension, winding up with their first album that could truly be called pop. It's a big, bright, shiny record anchored with odes to the radio and partying, its few love songs sweet and easy, not tortured. At times, the slick muscular melodicism of North recalls prime Third Eye Blind more than Matchbox 20 -- hooks are always pushed to the forefront, everything is wrapped in alluring gloss -- but Thomas possesses a warm vulnerability that always eluded Stephan Jenkins, and Matchbox 20, as a whole, is coolly, expertly professional, turning out immaculate AAA pop that still manages to have personality. True, North feels more 2002 than 2012 -- something that may hurt its commercial potential, as there are far fewer outlets for this kind of pop in 2012 than there were in 2002 -- but Matchbox 20 has never made a record as cheerful or appealing or satisfying as this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678762864
  • Catalog Number: 531746
  • Sales rank: 5,087

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Parade (4:11)
  2. 2 She's So Mean (3:52)
  3. 3 Overjoyed (3:06)
  4. 4 Put Your Hands Up (2:53)
  5. 5 Our Song (3:00)
  6. 6 I Will (4:03)
  7. 7 English Town (4:37)
  8. 8 How Long (2:44)
  9. 9 Radio (3:01)
  10. 10 The Way (3:18)
  11. 11 Like Sugar (3:46)
  12. 12 Sleeping at the Wheel (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matchbox Twenty Primary Artist
Glenn Berger Baritone Saxophone
Brian Dembow Viola
Stephen Erdody Cello
Walt Fowler Trumpet
Julie Gigante Violin
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Roger Wilkie Violin
Rob Thomas Group Member
Matt Serletic Synthesizer, Percussion
Brian Yale Group Member
Kyle Cook Group Member
Paul Doucette Group Member
Jeffrey Babko Trombone
Bernd Ruf Conductor
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt Performing Ensemble
Glenn Morrisette Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
David Greene Drum Technician
Ted Jensen Mastering
John Nicholson Drum Technician
Rob Thomas Composer
Mark Dobson Engineer
Nigel Lundemo Pro-Tools
Doug Trantow Engineer
Matt Serletic Programming, Producer
Alex Arias Programming, Engineer, Pro-Tools
Ryan Hewitt Engineer
Kyle Cook Composer
Paul Doucette Composer
Larry Melero Guitar Techician
Dave Drewry Drum Technician
James Brown Engineer
Jim Monti Pro-Tools
Jesse Isaacs Guitar Techician
Mike Leisz Programming, Pro-Tools
Tilman Sillescu Orchestra Production
Derik Lee Engineer
Michael Silberhorn Engineer
David Christiansen Orchestration, Orchestral Copyist
Christopher Tarnow Engineer
Ryan Kern Pro-Tools
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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    EXCELLENT!! DO YOURSELF A HUGE FAVOR AND BUY THIS!

    EXCELLENT!! DO YOURSELF A HUGE FAVOR AND BUY THIS!

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

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    This is one of my favorite cd's by Matchbox Twenty. Rob Thomas

    This is one of my favorite cd's by Matchbox Twenty. Rob Thomas is amazing, and each song is an individual piece of art. Well worth waiting for!

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    You will love this!!

    If you are a fan of Matchbox Twenty then you will definitely want to add this to your collection! It is such a treat to hear Rob Thomas' voice and beautiful lyrics! And it's great that he got back with his band to create this new CD... it's been to long!!

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