...something to be
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the artist and his lyrics reveal a really nice guy who cares about those around him.
What's the story?
Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty seems delighted to be strutting his solo stuff, and isn't afraid to experiment with different musical styles and personas on ...SOMETHING TO BE. With an ace backup band including Wendy Melvain, Jeff Trott, and Mike Elizondo, and additional friendly help from the likes of John Mayer and Sacred Steel hotshot Robert Randolph, Thomas is able to navigate this moody, musical variety pack with grace and finesse. The lyrics are standard-issue: You'll recognize themes of love, loss, loneliness, identity, and being there for each other. \"Streetcorner Symphony,\" one of the album's highlights, is an anthem to inclusiveness and getting along.
Is it any good?
Rob Thomas is a skilled and emotional singer, the songs are interesting in their musical variety, and the performances and production are terrific. Most of all, the artist comes across as a really nice guy who cares about the world -- and the people -- around him.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the importance of being there when someone needs you. What does that mean to you? Also, you can share experiences of loneliness, loss, and identity issues, and what might have helped you cope with them.