Not everyone who tops the charts will necessarily be the next Beatles release. Sometimes it’s all about being in the right place at the right time, and some artists have reached the pinnacle of success and become the laughingstock of the entire rock scene. That doesn’t mean they’ve always been bad, though.
Every musician should have at least one good song in their arsenal, and these acts have proven to have more than a little potential for a few albums. Instead of being just a fluke, it was the albums that gave us hope that these bands were more than a bunch of kids who managed to hold on to a gimmick. Over time, however, this definitely didn’t pay off, with one album after another becoming either too boring to be taken seriously or too embarrassing to listen to for more than a few minutes.
In fact, the existence of these albums manages to sting even more when you see what these bands have been up to over the years. Since we know what you are capable of, why do you decide to keep making this kind of mediocre music again and again? Again, they succeeded once, and we’ll gladly take what we can get.
It would be an overstatement to call Matchbox 20 one of the worst bands in history. By the time they hit the top of the charts, their alt-adult post-grunge genre was becoming far too sanitized for anyone to take it seriously. Once you see how bad the latest bands like Lifehouse could get, you’ll have so much more respect for yourself or someone like you.
It’s because this album doesn’t really seem to go for your traditional post-grunge complexes. Instead of copying the kind of tried-and-tested formulas of someone like Stone Temple Pilots, there’s a lot more pop smarts behind a lot of these songs, especially when paired with Rob Thomas’ lovely rasp. Although they may have been played in the ground, songs like Push will be remembered solely for their catchiness.
This would prove to be a bit of the debut album syndrome though, with the next album showing Matchbox 20 really starting to run out of ideas and Rob Thomas later reaching the top of the charts either alone or with Santana. Although it ended up being the highlight of their career by far, you’ll always have the 3 a.m. chorus stuck in your head until the day you die.