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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B008MS1DXK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Parade
  2. She's So Mean
  3. Overjoyed
  4. Put Your Hands Up
  5. Our Song
  6. I Will
  7. English Town
  8. How Long
  9. Radio
  10. The Way
  11. Like Sugar
  12. Sleeping At The Wheel
  13. I Believe In Everything (Bonus Track)
  14. Straight For This Life (Bonus Track)
  15. Waiting On A Train (Bonus Track)

Product Description

North marks the long-awaited return of alternative rockers Matchbox Twenty. The band's fifth studio album is the first since 2007, following a three year hiatus which ended in 2010.

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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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I guess after ten years of a break between albums, fans had high hopes that this album would be something amazing. But they havent spent ten years making the album and really very high expectations were never gonna be met.

I dont think this album is as horrible as many reviewers are making it out. But I can agree they have delivered better.

The best way of putting it is- Did you like Rob's solo albums or did you think he sounded like he was chasing the mainstream/ pop charts too hard on those. I actually really liked both Rob's albums so I'm not adverse to the guys trying something different on their first group album in ten years. But if you couldnt accept the direction Rob took on his solo work, then I guess this album will be a disappointment and it's best to let this one pass you by.

It does start off with that good old rock sound of old on opener Parade. It's a pretty solid opener.

She's so mean - to me, I dont find it any more poppy than a song like Disease sounded in 2002. It's quite a catchy number.

Put your hands up and Like Sugar are probably the more poppy sounding tracks on the album but they arent horrible .

Overjoyed, I will, Sleeping at the wheel, I believe in everything , straight for this life, the way are the stand outs for me

but i wouldnt write this album off , unless you are looking for a total rock album.
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I note and to a degree understand the disappointment many Matchbox fans have expressed in this album. It is a bit more 'poppy' than their previous releases. However, if a band stands still, it dies and 17 years after their first album you would surely expect to detect some changes in style. On first hearing I was a bit unimpressed quite frankly; so I played it again. I then found myself playing it 3 more times in quick succession and now.....I'm hooked. It is simple, straightforward and pretty unspectacular in many ways. There is nothing really clever or pretentious about it and I love it. As I write, it has become their first ever USA No. 1 and has landed in the middle of the dance, techno, talent contest saturated UK charts - so they must be doing something right. And unusually, it is an album which improves as it progresses.
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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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