by Rob Thomas


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With its urgent hooks and surging sincerity, cradlesong is recognizably Thomas, but he's tweaked the formula of his 2005 solo debut, Something to Be, in judicious ways, using his worldbeat inflections as an underpinning instead of flair, something that ties the album together. cradlesong is big music about big issues, even inflating personal issues to the universal. If it seems somewhat out of step with its year, that almost makes Thomas' somber, determined craft admirable: he's doing this not because it'll give him a hit, but because he believes in it.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2009
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678968129
catalogNumber: 517814

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rob Thomas   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Tom-Tom,Vocals,Background Vocals,Finger Snapping
Jim Keltner   Drums
Rusty Anderson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Stevie Blacke   Strings
Michael Bland   Drums,Finger Snapping
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Jack Daley   Bass
Keith Fiddmont   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kim Hutchcroft   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Drums
Michael Landau   Guitar
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Finger Snapping
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Dino Soldo   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Butch Walker   Background Vocals
Patrick Warren   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,chamberlain,Pump Organ,Finger Snapping
Sean Hurley   Bass
Leland Sklar   Bass
Mark Dobson   Percussion
Sharlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
Ben Peeler   Bouzouki,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Oud,Lap Steel Guitar
Matt Serletic   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Finger Snapping
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Alfred Ortiz   taiko
Jose Vergara   African Drums
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Beat Box,Finger Snapping
Marcus Brown   African Drums
Abe Laboriel   Drums
James Grundler   Background Vocals
Sherree Ford Brown   Background Vocals
Soro Gnenemon   African Drums
Reverend Shuichi Tom Kurai   taiko
Taylor Moyer   taiko
Robert Smith   African Drums
Magatte Sow   African Drums
Marisol Thomas   Background Vocals
Robyn Troup   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nellee Hooper   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Jess Sutcliffe   Engineer
Patrick Warren   String Arrangements
Rob Thomas   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,Art Conception
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Mark Dobson   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Matt Serletic   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Alex Arias   Pro-Tools
Michael Lippman   Management
Patrick Woodward   Pro-Tools
Hal Winer   Engineer
Louise Robinson   Illustrations
Shy Carter   Composer
Andrew Schubert   Pro-Tools
Mike Leisz   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Dejan Stanjevic   Engineer
Marisol Thomas   co-arranger

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Cradlesong 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Jason_C More than 1 year ago
Once again Thomas wows with his vocal strength and knack for writing hard hitting lyrics. Thomas takes a lot of flack from critics, mainly for his refusal to conform to the hit making ways of the day, but a more original character isn't to be found among today's musicians. What would happen if you took the average chart topping musician today and took away all of the 'electronic' help they get on vocals (synthesizers, etc.)? You would be left with few who could stand on their own two feet. Not to mention that virtually none of today's chart toppers write their own material. Sadly we live in a world of mediocre talent. Gone are the days of groups that played their own music (instruments), wrote their own music, and sounded just as good live as when recorded. Thomas achieved that from the beginning with Matchbox Twenty and continues onward with vigor during his solo endeavor.
Jess87JM More than 1 year ago
This was the first Rob Thomas CD that I have ever bought and I was not disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great overall - recommended by a music friend; am glad I bought it
Scruffie52 More than 1 year ago
I love Rob Thomas' voice, I love his band on this new cd, and I especially love the new sound and arraingements on here. I listened to this cd 3 times in a row while driving a long distance, and enjoyed each song like it was new. That is what is so different about Rob Thomas. He has a very similar cadance to his music, but this cd throws in some great new drums, and his lyrics are so interesting. I highly recommend this new cd to anyone, and I am going to get a couple more to give to some family members, because I am not sharing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this cd to everyone, not just Rob Thomas fans. The songs will stay with you and fit into your daily life.
Jean_C_C More than 1 year ago
I waited 2 months for this to come out and it is was well worth the wait. I believe that almost every song on the album could be a hit. I am very glad to have some new song for Rob. He has written all the songs on this and has done a wonderful job. So get Cradlesongs, you will not reget getting it.
alwayslookingforagoodbook More than 1 year ago
The entire album is wonderful. Great music by Rob Thomas. The best of his solo works so far.
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slaney More than 1 year ago
Rob Thomas just keeps getting better. I've never heard one of his songs I didn't like!
reembu More than 1 year ago
Great album
DonnaMom1 More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of Rob Thomas as an person; I have read interviews that, if accurate, show him to be immature and vulgur. However, this CD is fantastic. I enjoyed every song on it. They have unsual beats and rhythms that make me pay attention--they don't become background noise. The music is still soothing and relaxing, though--the perfect CD to play in the car on the way home after a rough day at work.
Idonthavenomoney More than 1 year ago
His music is always good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent selections of songs. Music is exhilirating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rob Thomas at his best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have been a big fan of RT since early days of Matchbox 20, this just reaffirms why I continue to listen!
Crystal_ClearMB More than 1 year ago
Rob Thomas last album, Cradlesong, is just wonderful. He is a great singer and his music talks about affairs of the heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, this and every other CD that I have with Rob Thomas has never let me down. I look forward to his continued music writing and singing.
surrealblue More than 1 year ago
Rob Thomas proves again that he knows exactly how to write a pop tune that will get stuck in your head. While there isn't one song that really stands out and makes this album one that you absolutely need to own, it is full of hooks you'll be singing along with when you listen. Each song is well-crafted and enjoyable so I would recommend owning the album as part of your music collection if you are a fan of Matchbox 20 and Rob Thomas. My personal favorites are Her Diamonds, Natural and Snowblind because of the way Thomas paints a mental picture with his clever lyrics.
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