by Matchbox Twenty


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2012
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678762864
catalogNumber: 531746
Rank: 41966

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
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
Jim Monti   Pro-Tools
Jesse Isaacs   Guitar Techician
Mike Leisz   Programming,Pro-Tools
Tilman Sillescu   Orchestra Production
Derik Lee   Engineer
James Brown   Engineer
Michael Silberhorn   Engineer
David Christiansen   Orchestration,Orchestral Copyist
Christopher Tarnow   Engineer
Ryan Kern   Pro-Tools

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North 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TONYAT More than 1 year ago
Scruffie52 More than 1 year ago
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!
creig83 More than 1 year ago
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!!