Album: Yourself or Someone Like You
Artist: Matchbox 20
1. Real World
2. Long Day
3. 3 A.M.
5. Girl Like That
6. Back 2 Good
This album was released on my sixteenth birthday. I was in an abusive relationship when that person bought me this album. Push resonated with me more than any song ever had before. It still means a lot to me, as does this album, as it helped me through the hardest time in my life. In addition to Push, Argue also resonated with me. “We get along so we shouldn’t argue,” rolled through my head a lot.
There is so much genuine anger pulsating through these songs. It’s obvious that Rob Thomas was in a dark place while recording this. Long Day and 3 A.M. struck a chord with my teenage angst. He wrote 3 A.M. as a teenager as a coping mechanism while his mother was struggling with cancer. Girl Like That is repetitive but continues the emotional impact from Push quite nicely.
I’m not a huge fan of the singles Real World or Back 2 Good. Damn is pretty banal, and Busted is really painful to listen to. All reasons the album falls out of my top ten despite what it means to me.
Kody, Shame, and Hang are all considerably more low key, but also considerably depressing. I think Thomas blew his wad with this album. While his music skills improved as he went along, his writing became more pop-friendly and less inspired. But I have little doubt that Yourself or Someone Like You will still resonate with me in thirty years.