On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the first single from Rob Thomas’ upcoming solo album was released worldwide via AOL. For those who don’t know, Thomas is the lead singer of matchbox twenty. Anyone who doesn’t listen to matchbox twenty might still know Thomas from the ubiquitous “Smooth,” on which Thomas collaborated with Carlos Santana. If you don’t recognize that one, you’ve been living under a rock. Thomas walked away with three Grammy Awards for his lead vocals and for helping to write the song. In fact, Thomas has an impressive string of musical collaborations that include Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson, and Bernie Taupin.
Still and all, not everyone is a winner all the time, and I had some reservations about this one after having heard “Ever the Same” at the Sidewalk Angels benefit in New York last August (to which, some may recall, I had a less than enthusiastic reaction). And with a title like “Lonely No More,” I was afraid we had another slow-and-sappy on our hands.
I was pleasantly surprised. “Lonely No More” begins with an upbeat tempo – an odd mix of Latin and something vaguely industrial – that could easily find its way into dance club remixes. Like “Smooth,” this song is catchy, and it’ll get stuck in your head. It’s practically designed to be omnipresent, to draw attention to itself and be successful.
I’ll be amazed if “Lonely No More” doesn’t see high rotation, if only thanks to all the little teenage girls who love Thomas. But his crush-inducing looks aside, Thomas has a solid pop hit on his hands here.
“Lonely No More” hits radio on Thomas’ birthday (Feb. 14 for those who aren’t fans). It will also be featured on his first full-length solo album Something To Be, which is expected in stores on April 26.