• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: May 23, 2000
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. The record boasts a huge, smooth production and is considerably more varied and accomplished than its predecessor.
  2. On "Mad Season" the band serves up another slick collection of R.E.M. and Pearl Jam-influenced post-grunge classic rock tailor-made for ubiquitous radio play.
  3. 70
    Each song isn't particularly interesting or life-changing, but, damn, if every one of them doesn't boast a hook that sticks in your head until you're humming "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" just to exorcise it. For better or worse, this is talented songwriting...
  4. Matchbox Twenty never claimed to be original or challenging or anything more than a lightweight and entertaining pop band. Which is why Mad Season, with its rather casual and jammy feel, is so surprising, so substantial, and much more satisfying than expected.
  5. Checkout.com
    60
    The band's edge has dulled considerably, in spite of guitarists Kyle Cook and Adam Gaynor's best efforts on "Angry" and "Mad Season," but for the most part they're heavily sedated throughout, as are bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette, begging the question: Where's the band?
  6. What lots of people loved about "Push" isn't much in evidence here, but neither is what lots of people hated about it.
  7. A relatively bloodless album, a work that seems formatted to satisfy the demands of the marketplace without really transcending them.
  8. The follow-up is an equally passionate, turbulent affair, sounding, oddly, like a cross between Foreigner and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  9. Especially in its ballad-heavy second half, mad season feels like the rock equivalent of a chick flick.
  10. Every song on Mad Season is a production mini-epic.... Under the haywire production are crafty songs.... But when the crescendos surge and the keyboards chime, he starts to sound as unctuous as 1970s cheeseballs from Lobo to Jim Croce to the Guess Who's Burton Cummings. Songs that probably seemed vulnerable as demos have turned greedily narcissistic.
  11. "Last Beautiful Girl"... would be good enough to inspire a wholesale reassessment of Matchbox Twenty if the material surrounding it weren't so average.
  12. 40
    There's nothing lasting or substantive about the 12 tracks (plus one hidden one) that make up Mad Season.
  13. 30
    This new album... sees them mutating into less of a rock outfit and more of what is commonly called "adult contemporary" -- in other words, music for soccer moms and rich yuppies to play really loud in their BMWs-
  14. Musically this is the sound of middle America at its most ugly and nauseating...
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Aug 12, 2019
    9
    Matchbox 20 is the band I miss the most. I hate almost all new music and I’m really nervous for 2020 with these guys. I only hope they don’tMatchbox 20 is the band I miss the most. I hate almost all new music and I’m really nervous for 2020 with these guys. I only hope they don’t chase the trend, but rock music and even pop rock music is dead. That being said, I love looking back on their music and this is a great album. I really love the songs Rest Stop, Mad Season, Bent, and a few more. A common criticism of this band is that they overuse filler. I strongly disagree as I can feel every song and that’s what makes this band so good. Full Review »
  2. Oct 29, 2011
    8
    i really enjoyed this record. though it has some miss steps the strengths easily cover them up and man oh man rob thomas vocals are superb.i really enjoyed this record. though it has some miss steps the strengths easily cover them up and man oh man rob thomas vocals are superb. you will also be able to some nice guitar from kyle cook and paul doucette Full Review »
  3. Curefreak
    Apr 26, 2009
    8
    I like the ballads and the mid-tempo stuff but the rockers sound overly processed and over produced and don't really "rock" Rest Stop is I like the ballads and the mid-tempo stuff but the rockers sound overly processed and over produced and don't really "rock" Rest Stop is probably my favorite song and is probably the most personal. Full Review »