Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Matchbox Twenty frontman keeps solo CD safe and mellow.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

Patience in a tough relationship, living life to the fullest, and not accepting prejudice are some of the topics covered on this album. "Tell me how we gonna get that far? I don't think we can make it without some faith, when everything is falling through our hands we must believe."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Throughout the album Thomas plays the dutiful partner, always offering a shoulder to cry on in songs like "Meltdown," "Snowblind" and "Her Diamonds." ""Her tears, like diamonds on the floor, and her diamonds bring me down, 'cause I can't help her now." "You're the best thing that I've ever knew, you do everything that I can't do, please forgive me If i'm hard on you." On "Sleep til the War is Over" Thomas sings about achieving world peace: "You say you judge them by their color, but what you can't say, is why is it too hard to love one another. Where do we take this life?"

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though this album covers failing relationships, war, and frustration, all the topics are presented in a generally sensitive way. Thomas doesn't simplify issues, but he doesn't overwhelm the listener either. Many songs present the idea of taking personal responsibility for actions and in relationships.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 and 18+-year-old Written byfytwife July 19, 2009
Kid, 11 years old December 20, 2012
Written byAnonymous December 8, 2010

NOTE! One "h--l"

On "Her Diamonds", "h--l" is mentioned once.

What's the story?

Macthbox Twenty may not have released an album in several years, but their frontman, Rob Thomas isn't resting. His sophomore solo album, CRADLESONG is a mellow mix of soothing songs about relationships and all their struggles. Thomas wrote all the songs on this album and mixes a blend of '80s sounds with more traditional styles such as blues, reggae, and even gospel.

Is it any good?

The title of Thomas' latest album conjures up images of nurturing lullabies and comforting moments. And those emotions are definitely present on this collection of songs, but that doesn't mean there isn't an edge and a masculine touch to the sensitive streak. Thomas balances out his tender side with intoxicating rhythms and cool deliveries. "Her Diamonds" has the classic Matchbox Twenty rock/pop blend and songs like "Give Me the Meltdown" and "Hard on You" are surprisingly likable. The album is grounded in Thomas' well-rounded writing chops that offer up honesty and at times unexpected depth: "We can't see where we go, spending our whole lives, walking the same lines, and it doesn't seem to stop. This is our lives, this is all we get, our days are numbered, our nights are all spent."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships and what behavior is healthy and what is not. Read What Messages Are Your Kids Getting From Chris Brown and Rihanna?

  • Familes can talk about how music can influence social change. Thomas sings about ending war on one song. Do you think music can help people understand world events better?

Music details

  • Artist: Rob Thomas
  • Release date: June 30, 2009
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Light Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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