First Hit #1: July 22, 2000
The first hit from Matchbox 20, though Rob Thomas has been here before, sees a band that really wants to go adult contemporary. It’s very gentle, Bent, all of the electric guitars blending for something of a wash, and Thomas himself go a bit kinder and gentler. It’s a song about a damaged man trying to find a woman who will repair him, and the result is a song that’s actually quite gentle. It’s not really accurate to say the band started as hard rock, but there used to be some kind of edge to their music. This is a band that’s getting increasingly mellow, and is trying to be sensitive and appealing to a broad cross-section of the market.
The adult contemporary sound kind of dulls the edges, and Matchbox 20 makes a song that kind of blends into the background and doesn’t really push in any real direction. It’s muzak, really, a bit of nonsense to throw on the radio when you don’t want to pay attention.