Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
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- Released: October 1, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Atlantic
- 1.Real World
- 2.Long Day
- 3.3 AM
- 5.Girl Like That
- 6.Back 2 Good
Matchbox 20: Rob Thomas (vocals, acoustic guitar); Kyle Cook, Adam Gaynor (guitar, background vocals); Brian Yale (bass); Paul Doucette (drums).
Recorded at Triclops Recording, Atlanta, Georgia.
"Push" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
Personnel: Rob Thomas (vocals, acoustic guitar); Kyle Cook (guitar); Amy Porter (flute); Ted Gurch (clarinet); Doug Smith (bass clarinet); Yvonne Powers (oboe); Elizabeth Burkhardt (bassoon); Matt Serletic (keyboards, percussion); Paul Doucette (drums).
Audio Mixers: Greg Archilla; Matt Serletic.
Recording information: Triclops Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA.
Editor: Don C. Tyler.
Photographers: Chris Cuffaro; Katrin Thomas.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Elizabeth Burkhardt; Matt Serletic.
Arranger: Matt Serletic.
On YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU, Matchbox 20's debut, vocalist/lyricist Rob Thomas leads his band down the same path as Counting Crows, to a post-Pearl Jam, Van Morrison/Band-influenced home at the top of the charts. Thomas' raspy voice wraps a romanticized alienation around folky, roots-inflected rock tunes that share the thematic aspirations of Van circa TUPELO HONEY and The Band's self-titled second album, if not their literary wisdom.
Having lived through the grunge breakthrough, the Georgia quintet puts far more 'oomph' into their power-chords than those classic rockers ever could. Their best results--the melancholy description of an emotionally isolated lover on "3 AM," the embittered daydream of "Real World," even the upbeat don't-give-a-damn rave-up "Girl Like That"--fit snugly on the same shelf as the aforementioned Crows and fellow crackers Collective Soul.
- Sales Rank: 21,322
- UPC: 075679272126
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