Mad Season

Matchbox Twenty  Main Performer

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1 Angry Thomas 3:45
2 Black and White People Thomas 3:45
3 Crutch Thomas 3:25
4 Last Beautiful Girl Serletic/Thomas 4:04
5 If You're Gone Thomas 4:35
6 Mad Season Thomas 5:02
7 Rest Stop Thomas 4:29
8 The Burn Thomas 3:27
9 Bent Thomas 4:16
10 Bed of Lies Serletic/Doucette/T 5:22
11 Leave Thomas 4:34
12 Stop Thomas/Doucette 3:50
13 You Won't Be Mine Thomas 9:54
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Mad Season

Audio Compact Disc

Label: Atlantic

Style: Contemporary Pop/Rock

Mad Season

UPC: 075678333927

Release Date: 05/23/2000

Original Release Date: 05/23/2000

Number of Discs: 1

Tracks: [Angry, Black and 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]
Contributors:

Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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, Rovi