A disappointing shift towards more 'pop' sounding songs (in both Rob's solo work and MB20s recent album). There are still some gems here (Pieces), but also some garbage (One Shot, really!?). For someone raised on MB20, and who really appreciated Rob's first two solo albums, I hope he finds the old song writing groove again. I'll be here waiting to love it when he does.
THIS GUY HAS 1 OF THE BEST VOICES OF HIS GENERATION, HANDS DOWN. UNFORTUNATLY SINCE THE HEADY DAYS OF MATCHBOX,S DEBUT IT,S GENERALLY BEEN A STEADY DECLINE. UP UNTIL NOW THOUGH THE ALBUMS GOOD OUTWEIGHED THE BAD, BUT THIS RELEASE HAS PUSHED HIM OVER THE EDGE. IT,S MUSIC FOR THE X FACTOR FANS, REALLY, REALLY AVERAGE. SHAME TOO ,COS LIKE I SAID THE BOY CAN SING
Each solo album has seen decline in his ability to write a song that you want to play more than once. This album is a disappointment, and although there are hints of what he capable of, the album is over produced, hence it lacks magic.
Absolutely awesome! The guy never disappoints! I'll be listening to this for a very long time.
Been excited about this album for so long and it does not disappoint! A different sound for Rob but it totally works for him. The heartfelt, meaningful lyrics that I always associate with Rob can be heard in tracks like PIECES, HOLD ON FOREVER and the title track - THE GREAT UNKNOWN. I cannot say enough good things about this man and his music.
I've just listened to this album and its absolutely BRILLIANT....I love Rob Thomas and also love his band Matchbox Twenty....favourite tracks include the very mellow "The Great Unknown" and the catchy tune "Absence Of Affection"....."Pieces" is another lovely ballad......"Hold On Forever" was released early and its a lovely and very sweet song...Love them all actually but these ones stood out....Waited for this album a very long time and this doesn't dissapoint. Now if there is an announcement that a new MB20 album is also imminent then I'll be over the moon!
So excited for this album. All the songs sound awesome so far. Also bring on another matchbox twenty album