...something to be

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Matchbox Twenty singer asserts independence.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Positive and inclusive.


A little pondering over the mysteries of life and death.


Just a lot of love stuff.


The "s" word is used once.


Not an issue

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing in lyrics, but the artist is seen smoking cigarettes on the accompanying DVD.

What 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.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byjoldlady April 9, 2008

Love it and so does my son!

We have been avid Matchbox Twenty fans for some years now. I was concerned when Rob went solo that his music would be a little more hard edge. It is not. The... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byqueenrachie2 April 9, 2008

Luv It

Rob Thomas is HOTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and an awesome singer.

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

Music details

  • Artist: Rob Thomas
  • Release date: April 19, 2005
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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