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Mad season
Matchbox Twenty (Musical group)
Publication Information:
New York : Lava Records : Manufactured and distributed by Atlantic Recording Corp., [1996]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Alternative pop-rock music.

All tracks written by Rob Thomas except track 12 (by R. Thomas with Paul Doucette); tracks 4 and 10 (written by R. Thomas and Matt Serlitic music by J.L. Goff, J.J. Stanley, R. Thomas.).

Lyrics on container insert.

Enhanced CD.
Angry -- Black & white people -- Crutch -- Last beautiful girl -- If you're gone -- Mad season -- Rest stop -- The burn -- Bent -- Bed of lies -- Leave -- Stop -- You won't be mine.
Format :
Music CD


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Material Type
Home Location
Newstead Library CD #120 Compact Disc Audio Visual
Lancaster Library BPR 1176 Compact Disc Audio Visual
East Clinton Branch Library MUS CD Compact Disc Audio Visual
Lake Shore Library BPR 1176 Compact Disc Audio Visual
Collins Library BPR 1176 Compact Disc Audio Visual

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On Yourself or Someone Like You, Matchbox Twenty's ability to craft sturdy, mainstream rock was overshadowed by their reliance on loud guitars, colorless production, and bombastic vocalizing. They trade that sound for a varied, accomplished, smooth production on their second album, Mad Season. Throughout this record, Matchbox Twenty seem unashamed that they sound their best when they're simply a mainstream rock band. They exploit this strength by expanding the production, adding horns and layers of keyboards to their sound, opening up the mix, and emphasizing their melodies. That shift in direction may disarm some fans of the debut, which was pretty much just guitars, but the band winds up with a big, bright, shiny album that's livelier than its predecessor. That alone makes Mad Season more engaging than the debut, but the real surprise is the group's growth as craftsmen and Rob Thomas' progression as a songwriter and singer. Prior to this album, Thomas had a tendency to oversell his songs, not just in the delivery but in the writing, and the band followed him along. Here, they tone down their performances and while the end result is heavily produced, the overall feel is more relaxed and welcoming than the debut. Of course, it also helps that they have a solid set of songs -- a set that eclipses their previous effort, even if there are a few dull moments here and there. Even with those occasional missteps, the end result is a strong, unabashedly mainstream record that finds the band coming into their own. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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