Out of the three albums that Matchbox Twenty have released, Mad Season is by far the most unique. If you have heard any of Matchbox Twenty's work before, then this album might get you thinking "Who is this? This isn't the band I know...." It is. The entire album has a both haunting and an upbeat feel to it, ranging from song to song. Some tracks get you singing along, (Mad Season, Angry, Black and White People) whilst others make you stop and think. (Bent, Bed of Lies).
Unlike most modern rock bands, Matchbox Twenty don't always use electric guitars and drum solos as their primary; they have made every song on this record special - wether it be style of guitar, vocals, different kinds instruments, or even an entire orchestra. All of the tracks are well thought out, and the sound is without a doubt outstanding. Opening up with Angry, the mood is captured by fantastic 'african'-like backing vocals, as well as a catchy tune that would get you singing along. The song that struck me the most was Bed of Lies, with a rolling drumbeat that gives the song a more emotional feel. The track Mad Season, has an outstanding yet simple 'silly' guitar riff, suiting the song perfectly. The record finishes off with the sinister tune Won't Be Mine which is accompanied by a movie like orchestra at the very end. Fantastic.
Not only are the songs outstanding, but the impressive sound effects would capture you completely. The song Angry gets blasted at full volume at home, as well as Mad Season, which always gets me singing, no matter what. This CD never sees the light of day out of my CD player. It is never out. I even know all of the words already....
Two words. Buy it.