Something to Be [DualDisc]

Something to Be [DualDisc]

by Rob ThomasRob Thomas


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As frontman of Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas proved himself a pop tunesmith whose songs, including the hit "Push," were crowd-pleasing if not always memorable. But his solo debut, the surprisingly ambitious Something to Be, showcases the most confident Thomas since his breakthrough, "Smooth" with Carlos Santana. Fans of Matchbox's straightforward guitar-rock won't find a lot of it here -- aside from "Ever the Same" -- but the slinkier, more soulful replacement parts are every bit as appealing. The disc has no shortage of simple, catchy tracks -- like the Latin-tinged "Lonely No More" -- that come decked out in crisply pressed settings. Thomas kicks the intensity up a few notches on tracks such as "I Am an Illusion," which uses a vintage Bessie Smith sample as its hook and a Robert Randolph lap steel turn to complete the reel-in process. The title track is similarly up-tempo, with Thomas getting in touch with his inner Joe Cocker, but Something to Be doesn't ignore the singer's way with a power ballad, as evidenced by the intimate "When the Heartache Ends." To his credit, Thomas has found a way to stretch his boundaries without pushing fans to work too hard to keep up -- which makes Something to Be something to hear.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075679343529
catalogNumber: 93435

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rob Thomas   Primary Artist
Harley Allen   Background Vocals
Pat Enright   Background Vocals
Brandon Fields   Saxophone
Gordon Gottlieb   Marimbas,Bells
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Benjamin Herman   Marimbas,Bells
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Frank London   shofar
Wendy Melvoin   Guitar
Joe Passaro   Marimbas,Bells
Jeff Trott   Guitar
Matt Serletic   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Gerald Heyward   Drums
Kyle Cook   Guitar
Reginald Young   Trombone
Matt Beck   Background Vocals
Kevin Kadish   Guitar
Eric Poland   Marimbas,Bells
Hasan Isakkut   Kanoon
Heitor Pereira   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Jay Newland   Engineer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
David Thoener   Engineer
Rob Thomas   Composer
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Matt Serletic   Composer
Michael Lippman   Management
Pontus Winnberg   Composer

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