NME.COM

Matchbox 20 : Mad Season

Sounds a bit like Pearl Jam doing Bon Jovi

Here, in three minutes, you have the answer to the perennially puzzling question of why British bands never truly do well in America. Matchbox 20 are one of the biggest bands around there, selling over 11million copies of their debut album, winning Grammys and regularly being chased down the street. Charming singer Rob Thomas was even named one of the world's '50 Most Beautiful People' by People magazine. In the UK, he's better known as the voice of Santana's hit, 'Smooth'. And this attempt to improve their status over here merely sounds a bit like Pearl Jam doing Bon Jovi; earnest and stadium-ready, with a nice big chorus and the prospect of a guitar solo at any minute. We've taken your burgers and your sitcoms, America, but you'll have to do better than this to make us take your rock stars.





Siobhan Grogan

Share This

More Reviews

'Supersonic' - Film Review

This new film about Oasis’s glory years is rousing, heart-rending and really f**king funny

Movie

Pixies - 'Head Carrier' Review

Delving into the murk and noise of their past, the Boston veterans’ second post-reunion album is a superlative indie rock collection

Album

Slaves - 'Take Control' Review

This unruly second album delivers a sucker punch to anyone who had the Kent duo down as a novelty act

Album
Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine