...Something to Be

...Something to Be is the debut solo album from the Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas. The album was released on April 5, 2005, and it debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, knocking out Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi. This marked the first time that a male artist from a rock or pop group has debuted at number one with his first solo album since Billboard introduced the chart 50 years ago.[citation needed]

...Something to Be
Rob Thomas - Something To Be.jpg
Studio album (DualDisc) by
ReleasedApril 5, 2005 (2005-04-05)
Recorded2004–2005
Genre
Length50:05
LabelAtlantic, WEA
ProducerMatt Serletic
Rob Thomas chronology
...Something to Be
(2005)
Cradlesong
(2009)
Singles from ...Something to Be
  1. "Lonely No More"
    Released: February 8, 2005
  2. "This Is How a Heart Breaks"
    Released: June 13, 2005
  3. "Ever the Same"
    Released: November 7, 2005
  4. "...Something to Be"
    Released: March 14, 2006
  5. "Streetcorner Symphony"
    Released: October 16, 2006

The album spawned the US top ten hit "Lonely No More". It also features John Mayer's guitar on the single "Streetcorner Symphony".[1] The album was released in the DualDisc format, the first major album to be released that way. The album itself is certified Double Platinum by the RIAA in the US[2] and consists of several types of sounds, including dance, pop, Latin, rock, and country, although it can be generally classified as closer to pop than to the rock music of Matchbox Twenty's third studio album, More Than You Think You Are. The album was supported by his 2005–2006 Something to Be Tour.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic57/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]
Pastefavorable[6]
Rolling Stone     [7]
StylusC[8]

Reception for ...Something to Be was mixed. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly said Rob Thomas "sounds less like his usual tortured self and more like a boy-band veteran who still knows a thing or two about a grabby hook" and noting that the single "Streetcorner Symphony" sounds like "the world's greatest Black Crowes parody — until you realize Thomas is completely serious". Browne also commented that the album "doesn't always snap and crackle the way that single ("Lonely No More") does".[5]

Lindsay Whitfield of Soul Shine Magazine also gave the album and some of its songs a positive review (four stars), saying the album is "one of the finest, most unique albums of 2006 so far" and Thomas belts out "musical perfection to the road trip worthy".[9] Thomas Inskeep of Stylus Magazine gave the album a negative review (although the "C" rating reflects a more mixed attitude), calling it "mediocre" and explaining that the large part of the problem was that "Rob's a fairly generic songwriter". Inskeep continued by saying he is "one of the most processed-cheese-and-Wonder-bread guys around" and Thomas had "hopelessly clichéd lines" on the song "Ever the Same".[10]

Kevin Forest Moreau of Paste gave the album a positive review, saying his debut solo album "certainly sounds different from the adult-alternative diet-rock of Matchbox Twenty-at least half the time". Moreau complimented the "punchy horns and a few electronic flourishes" for being on songs such as "Streetcorner Symphony". However, he criticized the "ponderous poetics...and platitudes" for being mistaken as depth.[6] Paul Lingas of avrev.com called the album "a mixed bag with some surprisingly good offerings and some duds that sadly aren’t surprising" (giving the performance a 5.5 and the sound 6.5), complimenting some of the songs but also calling them "background music". He noted that Thomas "does not have a good singing voice". Although he also called his voice very distinctive and strong, he said "too often it is not suited to the surrounding music". Lingas finished by saying that Thomas' voice is not always well blended with the other sounds and that the mixing is "poor" and producing decisions are "sometimes odd".[11]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Rob Thomas except where indicated

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."This Is How a Heart Breaks"Rob Thomas, Christian Karlsson, Henrik Jonback, Pontus Winnberg3:50
2."Lonely No More" 3:47
3."Ever the Same" 4:16
4."I Am an Illusion" 4:53
5."When the Heartache Ends" 2:51
6."...Something to Be" 4:31
7."All That I Am" 4:28
8."Problem Girl" 3:55
9."Fallin' to Pieces" 4:11
10."My, My, My" 4:18
11."Streetcorner Symphony"Rob Thomas, Matt Serletic4:09
12."Now Comes the Night"Rob Thomas, Matt Serletic4:55
iTunes deluxe version[12]
No.TitleLength
13."Not Just a Woman"3:03
14."You Know Me"3:48
15."This Is How a Heart Breaks" (Pull's Defibrillator Mix)6:32
16."Lonely No More" (Clear Channel "Stripped" Mix)3:44
17."Lonely No More" (music video)3:45
18."Ever the Same" (music video)4:04
Australian edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Not Just a Woman"3:03
14."You Know Me"3:48
15."Lonely No More" (Clear Channel Stripped Version)3:44
16."This Is How a Heart Breaks" (Pull's Defibrillator Mix)6:32
Japan edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
13."Fallen"4:36

Target bonus CD: ...Something MoreEdit

No.TitleLength
1."...Something to Be" (downtown version) 
2."When the Heartache Ends" (piano version) 
3."Not Just a Woman" 
4."You Know Me" 
5."Dear Joan" 
6."Lonely No More" (Jason Nevins Rock Da Club Mix) 
7."Lonely No More" (Francois L. Club Mix) 

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[30] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[31] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[32] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[2] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

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