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Song Debut – “Lonely No More” by Rob Thomas

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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.

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  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Z,

    Why do I always get Rob Thomas confused with Rob Zombie – other than their looks of course :-)

    I promoted this review to Advance.net. That means I put it here (and these places) where it could potentially be read by another few hundred thousand readers.

    – Thank you for the post. Temple Stark

  • http://letters-to-rob.blogspot.com ZMethos

    Actually, Rob Thomas is looking a little bit like an Eminem wannabe in his latest publicity photo. . . I’m just hoping he doesn’t try rap music on his new album. Not that it would stop me from buying it, rabid fan that I am and all.

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks ZM, very nice job

  • Jaysexy

    Man, I LOVE ROB and matchbox twenty but this song is SOOO far offbeat of what i was expecting that i’m dissapointed. That could just be because i JUST heard it for the first time five minutes ago..maybe give me a day or two but it wasn’t his best work in my mind.

  • Eric Olsen

    I would like to hear, specifically if possible, what Rob’s many and fervent fans see (or hear) in him.

  • http://letters-to-rob.blogspot.com ZMethos

    Um. . . Eric, I don’t know that I can answer that. Because even I’M not entirely sure what it is I see/hear in him or his music. Except that, throughout college, the first Matchbox 20 (as they were then) album “Yourself of Someone Like You” was the only thing I could have on the stereo when I was trying to write. So there are some good associations there for me.

    I like music that imparts strong feeling, and for me, I find it easy to feel what Rob communicates when he sings. (And that kind of strong feeling is what helps drive my writing.) But maybe that’s just me.

  • Praveen

    Hey All,

    I’m from Australia and Matchbox 20 is huge over here, but there’s not much news about them. Did the band break up or is Rob Thomas just doing solo cause he can?

    Smooth is my favourite song and if “lonely no more” is anything like it I’ll be sure to download it.

  • Cookie

    hey all,
    rob thomas is a fantastic singer but i really wanna know why he’s going solo. he and the other mb20 boys were the greatest and i hope so much they haven’t broken up!! also, does anyone know whats happening with kyle’s solo thing…?

  • http://letters-to-rob.blogspot.com ZMethos

    Here’s the latest news on mb20 for those who are asking: they are on “hiatus” and planning to release a greatest hits album next year. They expect to regroup around 2007. In the meantime, they are exploring other musical options:

    Rob is going solo (because he wanted to write for more than just two guitars, a bass, drums and sometimes piano).

    Kyle is touring with his other band The New Left, and they came out with an EP (I haven’t heard it).

    Paul is doing something, but I’m not clued into exactly what.

    Adam has left the band (or, officially, “his services were not renewed”). You can check his site at adamgaynor.net

  • Rog

    This song sounds a bit like Enrique Iglesias but it goes a bit above and beyond Enrique ever got. Probably due to Rob actually having some musical talent.
    I can see this having some heavy rotation!!!
    I eagerly await the new album!!
    Does anyone know about any tours???

  • http://letters-to-rob.blogspot.com ZMethos

    Right now I don’t know of any tours. Places to keep checking would be:

    atlanticrecords.com – their front page has a list of artists and what they’re up to

    http://www.robthomasmusic.com – you can sign up for updates about Rob; I’m sure if he’s planning to tour, this site will have that info

  • Nick Danger

    “Lonely No More” – I find the tempo and the lyrics very exciting. Unfortunately, the song is way over-produced. There’s too much going on in the music: extra synthesizer sounds and background vocals. Give me a stripped down version of the song where Rob’s voice gives us all the angst, anxiety, and passion that he usually produces and that’s enough for me. Less is more – make it less busy and create more tension.

  • Eric Olsen

    Nick, aren’t you a Firesign Theater character?

  • http://letters-to-rob.blogspot.com ZMethos

    Nick Danger *is* a Firesign Theater character. (Funny because Scott used to use that name online, but then it seems like there are several. . .)

    Nick–Rob’s main interest in making a solo album was, in fact, to be able to use more sythesizers and other stuff that he doesn’t normally get to use when writing for matchbox twenty. At one point Rob mentioned that he wanted to do some stuff like in the 80’s, with drum machines and the like. I’m curious to see what other kinds of things he’s attempted on the album, which from recent reports may have been moved up to an April 19th release date.

  • Eric Olsen

    whoa, first he gets Latin smooth with Carlos, then goes Heaven 17? Interesting.

  • succulent wild woman

    Personally, I find this song really disappointing…should have been given to Marc Anthony instead, it’s more his style. Please go back to the band!!

  • hiba

    it’s just a graet song for me!his voice is something u can’t not recognize.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Yes, the song is terrible. It’s Rob Thomas pretending he’s Justin Timberlake. He’s lost all sense of shame.

    Dave

  • Nono

    hahaha, I agree with that comment about him looking like an Eminem wanna be… what is up with that? Did they do that on purpose?

    The lyrics are eh… but I like the beat of the song, even though it’s a little “busy.”

  • http://4031 Nicko

    rob thomas needs to bring out more songs he has a great voice.

  • http://2345 voice

    throughout college, the first Matchbox 20 (as they were then) album “Yourself of Someone Like You” was the only thing I could have on the stereo when I was trying to write. So there are some good associations there for me.

    I like music that imparts strong feeling, and for me, I find it easy to feel what Rob communicates when he sings. (And that kind of strong feeling is what helps drive my writing.) But maybe that’s just me.

    Comment 7 posted by Praveen on February 21, 2005 04:25 AM:
    Hey All,

    I’m from Australia and Matchbox 20 is huge over here, but there’s not much news about them. Did the band break up or is Rob Thomas just doing solo cause he can?

    Smooth is my favourite song and if “lonely no more” is anything like it I’ll be sure to download it.

    Comment 8 posted by Cookie on February 21, 2005 10:58 PM:
    hey all,
    rob thomas is a fantastic singer but i really wanna know why he’s going solo. he and the other mb20 boys were the greatest and i hope so much they haven’t broken up!! also, does anyone know whats happening with kyle’s solo thing…?

    Comment 9 posted by ZMethos on February 22, 2005 07:47 AM:
    Here’s the latest news on mb20 for those who are asking: they are on “hiatus” and planning to release a greatest hits album next year. They expect to regroup around 2007. In the meantime, they are exploring other musical options:

    Rob is going solo (because he wanted to write for more than just two guitars, a bass, drums and sometimes piano).

    Kyle is touring with his other band The New Left, and they came out with an EP (I haven’t heard it).

    Paul is doing something, but I’m not clued into exactly what.

    Adam has left the band (or, officially, “his services were not renewed”). You can check his site at adamgaynor.net

    Comment 10 posted by Rog on February 26, 2005 12:56 PM:
    This song sounds a bit like Enrique Iglesias but it goes a bit above and beyond Enrique ever got. Probably due to Rob actually having some musical talent.
    I can see this having some heavy rotation!!!
    I eagerly await the new album!!
    Does anyone know about any tours???

    Comment 11 posted by ZMethos on February 27, 2005 10:16 AM:
    Right now I don’t know of any tours. Places to keep checking would be:

    atlanticrecords.com – their front page has a list of artists and what they’re up to

    http://www.robthomasmusic.com – you can sign up for updates about Rob; I’m sure if he’s planning to tour, this site will have that info

    Comment 12 posted by Nick Danger on March 2, 2005 04:07 PM:
    “Lonely No More” – I find the tempo and the lyrics very exciting. Unfortunately, the song is way over-produced. There’s too much going on in the music: extra synthesizer sounds and background vocals. Give me a stripped down version of the song where Rob’s voice gives us all the angst, anxiety, and passion that he usually produces and that’s enough for me. Less is more – make it less busy and create more tension.

    Comment 13 posted by Eric Olsen on March 2, 2005 04:58 PM:
    Nick, aren’t you a Firesign Theater character?

    Comment 14 posted by ZMethos on March 2, 2005 05:26 PM:
    Nick Danger *is* a Firesign Theater character. (Funny because Scott used to use that name online, but then it seems like there are several. . .)

    Nick–Rob’s main interest in making a solo album was, in fact, to be able to use more sythesizers and other stuff that he doesn’t normally get to use when writing for matchbox twenty. At one point Rob mentioned that he wanted to do some stuff like in the 80’s, with drum machines and the like. I’m curious to see what other kinds of things he’s attempted on the album, which from recent reports may have been moved up to an April 19th release date.

    Comment 15 posted by Eric Olsen on March 2, 2005 06:49 PM:
    whoa, first he gets Latin smooth with Carlos, then goes Heaven 17? Interesting.

    Comment 16 posted by succulent wild woman on March 2, 2005 10:08 PM:
    Personally, I find this song really disappointing…should have been given to Marc Anthony instead, it’s more his style. Please go back to the band!!

    Comment 17 posted by hiba on March 5, 2005 05:42 AM:
    it’s just a graet song for me!his voice is something u can’t not recognize.

    Comment 18 posted by Dave Nalle on March 5, 2005 11:41 AM:
    Yes, the song is terrible. It’s Rob Thomas pretending he’s Justin Timberlake. He’s lost all sense of shame.

    Dave

    Comment 19 posted by Nono on July 26, 2005 11:08 AM:
    hahaha, I agree with that comment about him looking like an Eminem wanna be… what is up with that? Did they do that on purpose?

    The lyrics are eh… but I like the beat of the song, even though it’s a little “busy.”

    Comment 20 posted by Nicko on August 8, 2005 06:31 AM:
    rob thomas needs to bring out more songs he has a great voice.

    Comment 21 posted by cool off on August 8, 2005 06:35 AM:
    rob thomas is shithouse he’s the biggest wanker and matchbox fucken hell whats stuck up there ass there shit.

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