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Yourself or Someone Like You

Yourself or Someone Like You

by Matchbox Twenty Matchbox Twenty
Yourself or Someone Like You

Yourself or Someone Like You

by Matchbox Twenty Matchbox Twenty


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Yourself or Someone Like You turned out to be the standard-bearer for post-alternative rock because it has a '90s sheen in its production, but, for all the world, its core sounds like classic rock. Lead singer/songwriter Rob Thomas adopted some of Eddie Vedder's vocal mannerisms, but they were smoothed out, lacking the angst and pain that were Vedder's hallmark. Matchbox Twenty functioned much the same way, picking up at Pearl Jam's fascination for album rock, but deciding to stick to the classic blueprint instead of personalizing it. All of this resulted in a record that is much more straightforward than most alt-rock albums, even if it follows the pattern of a classic '90s album -- not just in its production dynamics, but down to the acoustic-based slow number that closes the record. It blends the most familiar elements of the two golden eras of album-oriented rock, finding a balance that is comfortable for mainstream fans of either side. Other bands with similar sounds that could have done the same thing, yet Matchbox Twenty distanced themselves from the pack with sturdy songs and fairly strong hooks, all delivered forcefully with Thomas' distinctive bravado. Their music is not flashy, nor is it as ingratiating as Third Eye Blind's pop instincts. It is, however, solid, American rock, reminiscent of a blend of Petty and Pearl Jam. So, it shouldn't have been surprising when the album found a wide audience. For many observers it was still unexpected, because the sound seemed a little plain. What they didn't realize was that Yourself or Someone Like You wound up being the point where mainstream American rock stopped being willfully eccentric and returned to being unassuming and kind of ordinary.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/1996
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075679272126
catalogNumber: 92721
Rank: 2189


  1. Real World
  2. Long Day
  3. 3 AM
  4. Push
  5. Girl Like That
  6. Back 2 Good
  7. Damn
  8. Argue
  9. Kody
  10. Busted
  11. Shame
  12. Hang

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matchbox Twenty   Primary Artist
Rob Thomas   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Matt Serletic   Percussion,Keyboards
Elizabeth Burkhardt   Bassoon,Leader
Ted Gurch   Clarinet
Yvonne Powers   Oboe
Brian Yale   Bass
Adam Gaynor   Rhythm Guitar
Kyle Cook   Guitar
Paul Doucette   Drums
Doug Smith   Bass Clarinet
Amy Porter   Flute

Technical Credits

Jeff Tomei   Engineer
Craig Poole   Guitar Techician
Matt Serletic   Arranger,Producer,Contributor
Elizabeth Burkhardt   Contributor
Jan Smith   Vocal Coach
Valérie Wagner   Art Direction
John Leslie Goff   Composer
John Joseph Stanley   Composer

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