Exile On Mainstream (2CD)

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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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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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Artist: Matchbox Twenty
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 2
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.26
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 4.9 x 5.5
UPC: 0007567899698
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Track Listing

1. How Far We've Come
2. I'll Believe You When
3. All Your Reasons
4. These Hard Times
5. If I Fall
6. Can't Let You Go
7. Long Day
8. Push
9. 3 AM
10. Real World
11. Back 2 Good
12. Bent
13. If You're Gone
14. Mad Season
15. Disease
16. Unwell
17. Bright Lights
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I love how far weve come!
12/24/2007

Customer review by TitanicandMatchbox21

5.0 stars 12/24/2007 by TitanicandMatchbox21
by TitanicandMatchbox21

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!

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Wynnewood, Oklahoma
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
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Good CD TO HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION
1/30/2008

Customer review by JELJr

4.0 stars 1/30/2008 by JELJr
by JELJr

"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.

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JELJr
Southereastern Ohio
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Gender:Male
A Great Listen
3/20/2009

Customer review by Silverchairsitter

4.0 stars 3/20/2009 by Silverchairsitter
by Silverchairsitter

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

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Silverchairsitter
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:18 - 24
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Gender:Male
Usage:Every few days
great product!
11/1/2007

Customer review by An anonymous customer

5.0 stars 11/1/2007 by An anonymous customer
by An anonymous customer

This CD has all the the great songs by Matchbox 20 and was worth the money spent.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Excellent!
11/25/2007

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5.0 stars 11/25/2007 by An anonymous customer
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Personally, I loved the fact that they put some older songs with the newer ones. It made for great diversity. I'm extremely satisfied.

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Bentonville, AR
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:18 - 24
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
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