Most artists that were praised at one time will go through a period where their popularity dips for some reason or another. That may end up meaning that their albums don’t sell the way they used to. Sometimes it’s the fault of the artist, other times it’s just not the right time. Continue reading
Of all the comebacks of 2012, I must say Matchbox Twenty has had one of the best. The band has managed to produce an album that would satisfy old fans, while churning out radio-friendly hits at the same time. “Put Your Hands Up” is the perfect next single, and the music video is just as good. The video only shows the band briefly, and centers around a woman who goes to the club with her friends and ends up making out with a hot guy. It’s full of sweaty and intimate closeup shots that are intriguing enough that you don’t miss seeing the boys at all. Continue reading
Matchbox Twenty’s first album in seven years North was released today, and it is pretty much in the adult-contemporary vein the band has been known for. The album opens well with the contemplative ”Parade” about a lost love, and into the lead single “She’s So Mean“, about a possible rebound. The album is filled with beats both funky and easygoing. “Put Your Hands Up” has an almost 2007-era Maroon 5 sound to it, with its airy baseline and a summer party tone.
The laid back songs are on the soft rock end (like “Sleeping At the Wheel”), and usually deal with the downside of love. “English Town” is a tormented song that ends with an orchestral note. “The Way” is where fellow bandmate Kyle Cook gets lead vocals, and it’s easily my favorite song on the album. His voice is raspier than frontman Rob Thomas’, which makes the sense of loss and heartbreak in the song more real. “Like Sugar” is probably the most progressive-rock sounding song on the record, with muddled electric guitar licks and foot-stomping break.
North is an album suited for easing from summer to fall with a good mix of mellow bonfire-esque tunes and upbeat car-ride songs. It doesn’t feature any big risks, but it does have Matchbox Twenty making fun and light rocking songs and doing it well.
Matchbox Twenty tells a love story in “Overjoyed,” a video about a couple who fell in love when they were young and are still happily married decades later.
Seriously, it’s the kind of video that makes you heart melt. It’s muchhhh different from the band’s previous single “She’s So Mean”
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Matchbox Twenty is tormented by a mean girl while performing their latest single in their brand new video. “Yeah you want her, but she’s so mean,” the band sings as the girl breaks their guitar, throws records at them and set their drums on fire. It’s not the best video in the world, but it’s fitting.
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I was driving today when this song came blasting from my radio and I must admit I got really excited. Matchbox Twenty announced that they would be releasing a new album, North later this year and this week we got the album’s first single “She’s So Mean,” a fun song about a maneater. I don’t LOVE it, but it definitely has me excited for what’s to come! Listen to “She’s So Mean” below and share your thoughts!!!!! Continue reading
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I was JUST saying how badly I needed a follow up to Rob Thomas’ Cradlesong, but a new album from Matchbox Twenty is even better! The band announced this morning that they will release their fourth studio album North (their first full length album in ten years) on September 4. The album’s first single, “She’s So Mean” will be released in June. Find out what the band had to say about the album’s title below!!!
“The title refers to us finding our way. We went into this record with a lot of material. Many different songs that could have taken us in many different directions. It sort of overwhelmed us for a bit. But, at a certain point, we figured it out. We figured out where ‘North’ was.”