Matchbox Twenty’s Maturity Shines on North

Matchbox Twenty

Written by Jacqui James


BEFORE NORTH WAS RELEASED on Friday (for us very lucky Aussies anyway) it was hard to believe it is almost ten years since their previous album Yourself Or Someone Like You with all studio songs on it.

However, now listening to North (twice now) I realize how much Rob, Kyle Cook and Paul Doucette have all evolved as songwriters.

Unlike their past albums before, North shows a much more mature and diverse sounding Matchbox Twenty. From pure rock (Parade) to disco (Put Your Hands Up) to country (I Will and I Believe In Everything), North has it. The stand-out ballad Overjoyed which just happens to be the second single is just so sweet and once again demonstrates how the band as a whole have grown up.

Matchbox Twenty first experimented with huge symphonic endings on Mad Season. On North, English Town is this dark, mysterious and atmospheric track which lifts at its chorus. It has a big fat guitar solo after the bridge and at its end is a great symphonic ending.

North has several tracks (Our Song, I Will, Straight For Life) which are about couples loving each other no matter how many issues they have.

Radio is the cleverest songs I’ve heard in a long while. It has a upbeat, heavy drumming 1930’s sound and the following gold lyrics, “Like a song that’s been playing for all our lives, we know it’s right,we heard it on the radio“.

All I say, bring on October for Matchbox Twenty’s Australian tour.

North deserves five out of five frangipanis!

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

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1 Comment

  1. Wow the North CD sounds awesome. I haven’t had a chance to buy it yet but after your review Jac Jac i am really, really looking forward to listening to it. xxoo

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