"Bent," the first single from their album release, Mad Season, is filled with passion, and feelings of eerie, gripping despair. Singer/songwriter Rob Thomas pleads in desperation for help and support, reflecting on the troublesome times of his life as a full-fledged pop/rock icon. The band, Matchbox Twenty, turns full circle on track two with a warm, soothing acoustic rendition of the hit "Push," from their previous album, Yourself or Someone Like You. This single, put out by Lava in cooperation with Atlantic records, is a charming and engrossing tale of the pure pop/rock elements of one of the most critically acclaimed groups of the '90s. For just a taste of Matchbox Twenty, this is a must listen, a listen that can surely lead to the sale of their featured LPs. Filled with a tantalizing blend of richly sustained acoustic guitars and the searing, emotionally gripping vocal style of of Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty as a group is a sure-fire rock & roll success story and should be writing and performing melodic gems for some time to come.
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AllMusic Review by Shawn M. Haney