Matchbox 20, Wallflowers, Jazz For Everyone

Matchbox Twenty – Mad Season

Follow-up to their wildly popular Yourself Or Someone Like You (from back when they called themselves Matchbox 20), this album is simply more competent pop rock and Rob Thomas’ recognizeable voice. It’s fun. Well-written songs. One thing I did notice was in the booklet, it seems to be the Rob Thomas show. It’s him first, and him as the primary focus in all the group shots. But off the top of your head, can you name anyone else in the band? Me neither.

Wallflowers – Bringing Down The Horse

Much was made of Jakob being Bob Dylan’s son, and I felt bad for the guy. Was this strong enough to establish himself without the name? I’d say yes. The record is split between maybe trying to capture a bit of the old man anyway (lyrically, those black and white pics in the liner notes) but the songs are different enough to stand alone. Hits like One Headlight, 6th Avenue Heartache, and The Difference helped, but I can play this thing all the way through and it’s solid top to bottom.

Wallflowers – (Breach)

Four years later, Jakob drops his Tom Petty album. Yes, it sounds a lot like Bringing Down The Horse, but reimagined as if Petty was involved (especially Hand Me Down, Sleepwalker). It’s not a bad thing, just distracting. It’s still a decent record, good for a road trip when you want tunes you can have on but not necessarily hang on every word. And if ever there were a backhanded compliment or three in such a short blurb…

Various – Jazz For Everyone (2CD)

I love these budget releases, this one from a company called Super Doubles. Why? It’s a great, cheap way to get all sorts of great tunes. I got this set for $2, so I’m even ahead of whatever it would originally have cost! The sound quality is surprisingly good, and the song selection is excellent, though it’s pretty damned hard to miss with names like Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Lena Horne, Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, Coleman Hawkins… you get the idea. Highly enjoyable for me! I could listen to stuff like this all day long.

23 thoughts on “Matchbox 20, Wallflowers, Jazz For Everyone

  1. Sarca says:

    No need to explain. It is your wedding after all.
    To me, enough time has passed that some of the reasons we chose those songs have left me. As it is, I don’t remember all the songs on there, so I think it would be fun to talk about them.

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  2. J. says:

    Revisited the Wallflowers albums a few years ago and thought that they held up pretty well. His two solo albums were pretty good, too. The second of whi h sounded marvellous. Really good stuff. The recent Wallflowers album was actually really pretty good also. No doubt the lad can write.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      They do hold up well! I had no idea he’d made solo records. Cool. The writing ability must run in the family but I’ll be damned if I could pinpoint where he got it from…

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  3. stephen1001 says:

    Agreed about Bringing down the horse!
    I’m not familiar with Breach but they had another one (Red Letter Days) that I liked.
    I saw the wallflowers at the Phoenix in a weird pairing with the band Ours (the band a few of us made the trek to taranna to see them specifically) – would have pictured very different demographics for their fan bases but everyone seemed to enjoy both sets, myself included!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I haven’t heard any of the other Wallflowers, just these first two, but I’ll take that as endorsement.

      That sounds like a cool show. You drove a long way for that one!

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  4. Sarca says:

    One Headlight made it on our wedding CD! Great tune. I really liked the Wallflowers.
    I never owned any of these…Matchbox 20 – great radio tunes, and very recognizable. Wallflowers were available on Napster, so there was no incentive to buy…Might pick em up today if I find any at VV 😉

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      1. Sarca says:

        Not yet. I was waiting for a friend to scan in the CD cover (another story altogether) and then it’s timing (trying to coincide it with our anniversary, which didn’t happen last year). I’ll just have to write and post – end of story! 🙂

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      2. keepsmealive says:

        I had to do a search of the archives, couldn’t even remember if I had done a post about that. Doesn’t look like I did. I dunno if I will. Maybe? Each track selected had a reason for being there, but it’s all inside stories, not of much interest to you guys, I’d say.

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              1. mikeladano says:

                But consider this: Record Store Tales could be considered inside stories. But I’d like to think I made it work. Anyway it’d an idea. I haven’t written a story about the wedding CD yet. Thing is, it’s music, and that’s what connects us.

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                1. keepsmealive says:

                  Music does connect us. But it’s also apples and oranges. You told those RSTs, I believe, to work towards a bit of catharsis, as well as to build a readership and create the blog you have now, and to have it be noticed and read. This is a CD I made for our wedding, the songs on which were there for reasons that would only make sense to us. Not making a big deal out of it (I really don’t want that), but I’ll decline.

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  5. deKE says:

    So true about Matchbox 20…. Who the hell else is in that band.
    Really dug that Difference tune from the Wallflowers like u said..a solid album…never bought anything more of em..Guess a 1 hit album in my eyes!
    Hahahaha (like I could do better!!)

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha yeah, it’s the same thing with Maroon 5… Ah well, as long as those other guys don’t mind. I suppose they are getting paid and touring, maybe they are just enjoying the ride and letting the bgshot lead singer deal with the extra crap.

      Both Wallflower albums are good, and ya know I think there’d be enough on (Breach) to please an old rocker like you, too. 🙂 The Difference was a great song, for sure.

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