After a long hiatus to allow frontman Rob Thomas to release his first solo album, "Something To Be," the members of matchbox twenty regrouped to record six new songs for the retrospective "Exile on Ma

After a long hiatus to allow frontman Rob Thomas to release his first solo album, "Something To Be," the members of matchbox twenty regrouped to record six new songs for the retrospective "Exile on Mainstream," due this week via Atlantic.

The album will feature the new cuts "How Far We've Come," "I'll Believe You When," "All Your Reasons," "These Hard Times," "If I Fall" and "I Can't Let You Go" on one disc and 11 past hits on another.

"This is different than any record we've made, and different than my solo record," frontman Rob Thomas says about the Steve Lillywhite-produced sessions. "We got together for a week at my house and we all had song ideas, but they didn't sound like what we wanted to play together. Between that vibe and working with Steve, it's a much more raw, energetic, live-sounding record than we've done in the past."

In another twist, Paul Doucette, who had previously been the band's drummer, is now playing rhythm guitar as a replacement for Adam Gaynor, who left matchbox in 2005. "Over the last two or three years, he started playing more guitar and keyboard," Thomas says. "One day, he just said, listen, I'd rather not play drums anymore. He's actually a better guitar player than our old guitar player was."