Yourself or Someone Like You

Yourself or Someone Like You

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by Matchbox Twenty
     
 

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Yourself or Someone Like You turned out to be the standard-bearer for post-alternative rock because it has a '90s sheen in its production, but, for all the world, its core sounds like classic rock. Lead singer/songwriter Rob Thomas adopted some of Eddie Vedder's vocal mannerisms, but they were smoothed out, lacking the angst and pain that were Vedder's hallmark

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Yourself or Someone Like You turned out to be the standard-bearer for post-alternative rock because it has a '90s sheen in its production, but, for all the world, its core sounds like classic rock. Lead singer/songwriter Rob Thomas adopted some of Eddie Vedder's vocal mannerisms, but they were smoothed out, lacking the angst and pain that were Vedder's hallmark. Matchbox Twenty functioned much the same way, picking up at Pearl Jam's fascination for album rock, but deciding to stick to the classic blueprint instead of personalizing it. All of this resulted in a record that is much more straightforward than most alt-rock albums, even if it follows the pattern of a classic '90s album -- not just in its production dynamics, but down to the acoustic-based slow number that closes the record. It blends the most familiar elements of the two golden eras of album-oriented rock, finding a balance that is comfortable for mainstream fans of either side. Other bands with similar sounds that could have done the same thing, yet Matchbox Twenty distanced themselves from the pack with sturdy songs and fairly strong hooks, all delivered forcefully with Thomas' distinctive bravado. Their music is not flashy, nor is it as ingratiating as Third Eye Blind's pop instincts. It is, however, solid, American rock, reminiscent of a blend of Petty and Pearl Jam. So, it shouldn't have been surprising when the album found a wide audience. For many observers it was still unexpected, because the sound seemed a little plain. What they didn't realize was that Yourself or Someone Like You wound up being the point where mainstream American rock stopped being willfully eccentric and returned to being unassuming and kind of ordinary.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/1996
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075679272126
catalogNumber:
92721
Rank:
10006

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matchbox Twenty   Primary Artist
Rob Thomas   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Matt Serletic   Percussion,Keyboards
Elizabeth Burkhardt   Bassoon,Leader
Ted Gurch   Clarinet
Yvonne Powers   Oboe
Brian Yale   Bass
Adam Gaynor   Rhythm Guitar
Kyle Cook   Guitar
Paul Doucette   Drums
Doug Smith   Bass Clarinet
Amy Porter   Flute

Technical Credits

Jeff Tomei   Engineer
Craig Poole   Guitar Techician
Matt Serletic   Arranger,Producer,Contributor
Elizabeth Burkhardt   Contributor
Jan Smith   Vocal Coach
Valérie Wagner   Art Direction
John Leslie Goff   Composer
John Joseph Stanley   Composer

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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This is an awesome cd. I just bought it because my cousin said to, i didn't really know the band that well. It wasn't until after i bought this cd and started listening (the best track is 9, "kody") to it, did i realise the lead singer is Rob Thomas, who, along with the background sounds of Santana, the best guitar player in the world, put together the hit, and one of my favorite songs off all time "Smooth" which is featured on Santana's "Supernatural" album. This cd is great. Buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best CD's I've ever owned--if it were possible to wear grooves in a compact disc, mine would be worn clean through. There's not a bad track on the disc, every song is worth a thousand listens. Can't wait for the next release from Rob and the boys!
Guest More than 1 year ago
YOSLY is the most meaningful, beautiful CD I own. It has the most depth, and there is not a song on this album that even comes close to being bad. I also love their new album, MAD SEASON, which provides fans with a little something old, and a LOT something new. Brilliant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is incredible, his voice is addictive!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD hasn't left my player since I got it. You can never get tired of listening to the whole CD. There is not one song I don't like. The music is really moving and the songs really have true meaning. Awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of few CDs that is as soft as life. Really good feel good, feel sad, just feel type CDs. I have been listening since i was a kid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best albums i own. I am a huge fan - hurry up with your new album! Especially like Back 2 Good and Hang. You need to do some touring in Britain - none of my friends know about this great band! Only found out about them when i was in the US. Go out and buy it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album ever. I cannot wait for the new album which comes out 5/23/2000. I want to pre-order it now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD when the song Push was on the radio a lot. I liked the song, I was looking for the CD single, the store didnt carry it so ..I bought the cd. I put it on and I was waiting to get up off my chair to go and skip a song I didnt like, but it never happened. Rob Thomas just entrances me with his voice. The Real World is just such a great song.''Why wont the real world just stop hassling me??'' I cry when I hear Back2Good. I feel the same he does on so many levels. I just keep hitting the repeat button my my CD player. Mad season is also a great CD, Im really getting into it. I havent skipped any songs on that either. All in all this is by far, my favorite CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cds I own. In addition to the popular radio songs, all the other ones are equally good. This is a strong, emotional, and inspriational album. This is a definite must have and I wish these guys many more successful albums!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Cd i hav in my very large collection of music. Matchbox 20 just has a way to make you feel good, no matter what your mood is just pop them in and you'll be feeling great, so like i said before if you don't have this you really are missing out of a TON Of GREAT music!!!
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