Something To Be - Rob Thomas
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  • Summary: The Matchbox 20 frontman's first solo outing includes appearances by John Mayer and Robert Randolph.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Alas, the nuance that infuses a good chunk of Something to Be eventually gives way to the hammy, overemotive gestures we've come to expect from Thomas. [22 Apr 2005, p.61]
  2. As good as it should be. [Jul 2005, p.120]
  3. This isn't edgy work by any means -- and for as hooky and chorus-driven as it is, it's music that becomes memorable through repeated plays, never quite catching hold upon the first listen -- but it's more colorful and well-constructed than a lot of contemporary mainstream rock in the mid-2000s, and it's arguably more appealing than Matchbox Twenty's earnest guitar rock.
  4. Tracks like "Lonely No More" might strike a chord because people will think it's a funky new Maroon 5 song. However, Backstreet Boys-esque ballads like "Ever the Same" and "When the Heartache Ends" are just way too much to handle.
  5. This is by no means a bad album, but to my ears, it’s worse; it’s mediocre.
  6. 40
    Tries hard to add a few hues absent from Matchbox 20's colourless rock. [Jul 2005, p.90]
  7. Thomas hasn't yet figured out that as long as he mistakes ponderous poetics and platitudes for depth, the surface trappings of his self-serious songs won't matter all that much. [#16, p.125]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 48
  2. Negative: 7 out of 48
  1. Nov 17, 2013
    It's a good album in general. What makes it less of a perfect set for me is that it keeps on giving this high-pitch rock sound from track #1 ("This Is How a Heart Breaks") to track #10 ("My, My, My") and then suddenly close off with ballad-ish tracks ("Streetcorner Symphony" and "Now Comes the Night"). He should've created a better concept for the album, especially considering it's named "...Something to Be" but I don't get what is this "something" he's trying to be. Expand

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