Matchbox Twenty - Exile On Mainstream


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Say this for Matchbox Twenty -- they've gotten better the longer they've stuck around. And that's not just their music, either: they've dropped the pretense of spelling their name as matchbox 20, they've gone away from cumbersome album titles, and they've embraced their status as MOR rockers. All of this is evident on Exile on Mainstream, which is not only the first of their albums to bear a simple yet clever title, it's a collection of hits that traces their progression into a good, solid mainstream band and is also buttressed by an EP that finds them livelier than ever. Bolder, too, especially on the rockabilly of "I'll Believe You When" and the slow oldies beat of "Can't Let You Go," which are light and dexterous in a way they've never been before. These are balanced by a few cuts that don't stretch quite as far, but the propulsive pop "If I Fall," charging anthem "How Far We've Come," and earnest ballad "These Hard Times" are smooth, accomplished mainstream pop that are better constructed in every respect than their earliest hits. That much is evident by this EP's juxtaposition with the 11-track greatest-hits disc, which has all their big radio hits presented in chronological order. There are a few minor hits missing -- "Angry," "Last Beautiful Girl," "Downfall," none of which climbed that high on the charts -- so this has everything that a modern rock or adult contemporary radio listener would know, and the striking thing about listening to the disc is to hear how they abandoned the angst-ridden cartwheels that weighed down "Push" and built upon the snappy hooks of "Real World" and "3 AM," developing a sense of melodic craft that flourished in the smooth ballad "If You're Gone" and the arena rocker "Unwell." These were highlights on their respective albums, but when these moments are put together as a hits collection, it makes for a surprisingly entertaining batch of mainstream rock -- but the real story is the bonus disc, which suggests that after this collection is out of the way, Matchbox Twenty may have their first very good studio album on the way. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


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Matchbox Twenty
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Track list
1, How Far We've Come, I'll Believe You When, All Your Reasons, These Hard Times, If I Fall, Can't Let You Go, 2, Long Day, Push, 3 AM, Real World, Back 2 Good, Bent, If You're Gone, Mad Season, Disease, Unwell, Bright Lights
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5504053, 30574077, 30362888

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Matchbox Twenty - Exile On Mainstream is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Listen Exile on Mainstream is a great collection of MB 20 tunes. The Bonus disc with the six new tracks is a great teaser from an awesome band that may never provide us with such again. It's a must have for you late 90's bloomers. Only misque would be the fact that the new tracks aren't collected onto the disc of hits. It woluld be much more convienant. No CD swapping. Great purchase for you music lovers.......Pick it up
Date published: 2009-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good CD TO HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION "Exile on Mainstream" is one of those CD's that any music fan should consider adding to their collection even if they are not a big Matchbox Twenty Fan. One disk supplies you with the major hits that the group has recorded in the past, while the other gives you a few new songs, that may or may not be the group's final offering. The group has made themselves an eternal place on Pop and A/C radio because of their appeal to wide age range of listeners. Rob Thomas has a distinctive vocal style that makes him one of this generation's Pop Mega Stars, and sets him on course to have a carrer the will go on for years, with or without the band.
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love how far weve come! My fav song on this cd is how far weve come if you like that song i reccommend over you by daughtry because they are kinda alike so ttyl!
Date published: 2007-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value 1st disc so so 2nd disc is great I am a Rob Thomas fan.
Date published: 2012-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from whatever the only new song {out of only 6 new songs} that is good is the world is gonna end {or whatever it is} all the rest sound almost exactly the same. Just buy the one song somewhere and save it that way. good price for 2 cds though. the other cd, the songs aren't some of the best ones... they should've jsut held out until they had a full cd instead of half of one...
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A VERY GOOD BUY My son really enjoys this CD. The price was so good too!
Date published: 2007-12-18
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