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Overview

More Than You Think You Are

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."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678361227
catalogNumber: 83612
Rank: 24772

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
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 pre-ordered the album, then couldn't wait to receive it so I went out to buy it the day it came out! Now I can listen to it at home AND in my car without having to take it back and forth. I LOVE THE NEW ALBUM! My favorite songs are Unwell, Bright Lights and Could I Be You. The Difference reminded me so much of a recent breakup that I sent the song to the guy involved just so he could see exactly how I was feeling, which I found too painful to express to him directly; the song really helped me out. I think matchbox twenty's music and all of the band's writing expresses many emotions that you can't sometimes put into your own words. It's almost like they've tapped directly into the human soul; sometimes making you feel better, sometimes just bringing you understanding - even when you weren't expecting it. I look forward to them coming in concert so I can see them for the 5th time!!! mb20rox! Keep up the good work, Rob, Adam, Kyle, Paul and Brian! And thanks for the great music; like a soundtrack for my life. God bless you all and hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every track is great to listen to, not one bad song in the mix.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so impressed by this album that I bought 3 more to give as Christmas gifts! Rob Thomas has done it again! He has an unbeatable gift for melody and rock. Every song is awesome...any one of them could be released as a single! If you're still debating, why not ask yourself if you like good music? Because if you do, what are you waiting for?? Order this album now! It will be playing in your car's CD player all the time...guaranteed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought I would have to write a review bragging about matchbox 20 to get others to try it but I'm thrilled to see that so many have already beat me to it! I have loved Rob Thomas and company since I saw their Push video and their sound is so phenomenol. More than you think you are is very amazing in that it has many songs that highlight the intensity of Rob Thomas' voice. Highly recommended, More than you think you are will hopefully see the same success as Yourself or someone like you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
matchbox twenty are back with their best album yet. This album starts off with the heavy rocker ¿Feel¿ which leads into the disco ¿Disease¿ where you might have a hard time stopping yourself from dancing. Next is ¿Bright Lights,¿ a soft piano song until the band brings it in to help Rob scream out, "Let that city take you in/Let that city spit you out/Let that city take you down/For God sakes turn around." ¿Unwell¿ is the best track on this album and the most incredible song ever written with lines like, ¿I¿m talking to myself in public/Dodging glances on the train/And I know, I know they've all been talking about me." The production is fantastic on this track as well, starting and closing with a banjo and the soft sounds of a train passing by during the second verse. They then take you back to their rock sound with the infectious ¿Cold¿ where Rob seems to talk of a relationship where the woman pushes him down in order to lift herself up. Try not tapping your foot from the start of the country sounding ¿All I Need¿ which leads into the incredible ballad ¿Hand Me Down,¿ where a steel guitar relaxes you. ¿Could I Be You¿ is the first full song to be written by another band member showing the talent in this band is universal on many levels. Paul shines through with his lyrics, ¿You show your pain like it really hurts/And I can¿t even start to feel mine.¿ The band has always been able to incorporate the most unexpected elements into their music and ¿Downfall¿ is the perfect example with its amazing choir finishing it off. My second favorite song on the album is ¿Soul¿ where Rob screams with emotion, ¿And it hits you so much harder than you thought/But you don¿t worry,¿ while Kyle shows why he is the best lead guitarist today. Pookie rocks out the beginning of ¿You¿re So Real¿ on his bass, which leads into ¿The Difference.¿ The slow guitars are beautiful sounding and Rob¿s voice is a soothing pleasure. The final hidden track is ¿So Sad So Lonely.¿ You¿ll find it irresistible to dancing along as Rob sings, ¿Baby dance all night/With your a** on fire/And your hands up high/And feel me one more time.¿ This CD gets 5/5 stars easily. Yourself Or Someone Like You is a classic album that may never be remade, but this album shows matchbox twenty has it in them to maybe do it someday. The only problem with this CD? Was looking for a song with Kyle on lead vocals, but there¿s always next time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is their best work yet! I haven't listened to the radio since it was released! There are a lot of different sounds on this one, which is a good thing! Variety is the spice of life! If you weren't a fan before, you will be after you hear this! I could go on and on, but then it would sound like I work for them! Congratulations guys - you should be proud of yourselves!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Matchbox Twenty have yet again proven that they are an incredibly talented and in-touch band, with their release of "More Than You Think You Are". They boast powerful songs such as "Disease", meaningful songs with "Unwell" and an amazingly touch your heart kinda song with "The Difference". These guys are amazing, it doesn't matter what kind of song you want to listen to you will find it on this album. Front man Rob Thomas has such a hypnotising voice that mixes perfectly with the haunting sound of the band, you just can't escape. So the name of this album discribes these guys perfectly. A good album always has a good name, a great one says it all in the title, this is a great one. This title sums up every single song on the album if you take the time to listen to the lyrics and really, everyone should give themselves a little more credit because we are more than we think we are. I have listened to this album at least once a day since its release, so really what else is there to say.
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
I love Matchbox Twenty, but they completely blew me away with this new album. I could feel tons of influence from the Beatles infused in the album, which I loved because I'm a huge Beatles fan, too. 'Could I Be You' and 'Downfall' are probably two of my favorites, and you can't just listen to one, because they blend together perfectly. Picking favorites is hard, though, because with powerhouses like 'Feel' and 'Soul', experimental songs like 'All I Need' and 'You're So Real', and powerful ballads like 'Bright Lights' and 'Hand Me Down', the entire album can be seen as one huge hit! I've found that 'More Than You Think You Are' is like a good book you just can't put down until the very end, and I recommend it to everyone, no matter what type of music you like!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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 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.
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
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Matchbox twenty rocks! I've been waiting three years for this album (yes it's been that long since Mad Season folks) and it was well worth the wait. Rob Thomas truly shines as a song writer. Every track has a catchy hook, memorable lyrics, and a few great guitar riffs. Overall i was greatly pleased with their new record. The standout tracks are definitely "Unwell" "Could I be You" "Downfall" and of course my favorite,the best track on the album, "Soul". "Soul" begins rather softly with just a guitar palying an intro, and then you get pianos, drums, more guitars, and then it all erupts with the chorus which is almost heavenly. I definitely reccomend this title to anyone, even if you haven't liked matchbox twenty in the past. this record is alot edgier and louder than their last one. Let's only hope the next one will be as good.
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
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!!!