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North (Deluxe)

3 Sept. 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 31 Aug. 2012
  • Release Date: 31 Aug. 2012
  • Label: Emblem/Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2012 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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  • Total Length: 49:13
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  • ASIN: B00905QQY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,579 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Warnerbroz on 17 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
My immediate thoughts on listening to this album were that it's not as bad as reviews are saying and, even when it's 'poppy', it's still clearly better than much of the current mainstream music. The reason for this is there was no obvious stand out moment: YOSLY was full of great moments such as Hang, Kody and Back To Good; Mad Season had Bed of Lies and Rest Stop, whilst MTYTYA's Unwell sticks in the memory long after first hearing it. This aside though, the album was still solid, with lyrics remaining strong and Rob Thomas' vocals as good as ever. 2 weeks in, I'm much more impressed.

This was probably a 3* album on first listen, but now, 2 weeks and many listens after release, it's easily 4*. The more you listen, the more you hear. Paul's drumming really drives a number of the songs along (not unlike on How Far We've Come) and Kyle's guitar playing is more mature, with some great riffs and subtleties which you don't pick up on first time around. It's also an album which sounds better louder, which is a good sign for upcoming tours, as this was clearly created for the live show.

There's no denying that there is more of an obvious underlying happiness to the album, and maybe this is being mistaken for 'rubbish', but there's more to this album if you give it time. I think people need to accept that Yourself Or Someone Like You was very much the Rob Thomas show after Tabitha's Secret (with 3am being from Don't Play With Matches),reflecting on travelling, growing up and tough times, whilst this is an album by a tight group of friends entering their forties, who are quite happy with life. There's nothing wrong with that and I'm enjoying it for exactly what it is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Slightly Hazy on 15 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's been 10 long years since Matchbox Twenty released More Than You Think You Are, which in my opinion was their best album of all. For life-long fans of Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty, this is a wonderful collection of beautiful and catchy rock/pop songs. However, in the last ten years, their sound has moved quite dramatically from their rock roots to a more pop sound. Fans of their very earliest albums (Mad Season, Yourself or Someone Like You) may be somewhat disappointed with this new album. For those who've followed Rob Thomas' solo career over the last few years, you will find the album similar to that of his solo albums and the extra new tracks on Exile of Mainstream, their greatest hits album.

With Matchbox Twenty being one of my all time favourite bands, I love this album and will probably love anything that MB20/Rob Thomas release. There are some stunning tracks here that probably won't end up as singles, but are hauntingly beautiful all the same and are the most like the Matchbox Twenty older fans know and love. Songs like She's So Mean and Put Your Hands Up are the furthest from the traditional Matchbox sound and more comparable to that of Maroon 5 and other current pop acts.

It's a very mixed bag of songs but if you're a die-hard MB20 fan, you'll probably love everything on the album. Baring in mind that Matchbox Twenty's first album was released in 1996, it's understandable that in that time, music has changed and so have they. Their older albums are still the better of their discography but North is still deserving of a place in fan's hearts. If you're buying North as an existing MB20 fan, it'll likely never live up to their past albums, but I'd much rather have North after 10 years than no album at all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daveyboy on 11 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
After ten years since their last proper album, many people would have wondered whether North could really compare to what in my opinion was their best album, More Than You Think You Are.

So is North any good? Well after a first listen to the album I think many Matchbox Twenty fans will feel disappointed. It is not that this is a bad album it is just that it is so different to previous efforts and reminded me in parts of Rob Thomas' first solo album Something To Be.

The album start starts with three great songs (Parade, She's So Mean, and Overjoyed), which are typical Matchbox Twenty sounding songs with a twist; the anger seems to have gone although it could be argued that to stay angry for sixteen years is a bit too much to believe.

From there on the album shifts to a more modern style of music which like I said will throw fans. Indeed it took me a few listens to the album to really start to love it which I think many people will not give it the chance which is sad because then you start to realise its endearing qualities.

Here are songs of not taking life for granted, songs of yearning, heartbreak and even one that tiptoes around Alzheimers disease. This is an album which shows how happy the band is and you can feel it in the music but it is a shame that it's more Mad Season than More Than You Think You Are or Yourself Or Someone Like You in that it's too pop and not enough rock.

In nutshell, I found this to be great album and still cannot stop listening but it took a long time to get there. Give it a chance and you will find an endearing album here waiting to shine.

Standout Tracks: Parade, Overjoyed, The Way, Sleeping At The Wheel, Waiting On A Train
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