Something to Be

Much has been made of Rob Thomas' solo debut—particularly that it showcases different musical sides of the Grammy Award-winning Matchbox Twenty frontman. Already, lead single "Lonely No More" i

Much has been made of Rob Thomas' solo debut—particularly that it showcases different musical sides of the Grammy Award-winning Matchbox Twenty frontman. Already, lead single "Lonely No More" is a certified pop hit. In this issue, the ultra catchy, Justin Timberlake-shaded track, which peaked at No. 2 on the Adult Top 40 chart, hits the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100. It is one of many highlights on "Something to Be," which gets off to a rollicking start with "This Is How a Heart Breaks." "I Am an Illusion" (featuring a Bessie Jones sample and Robert Randolph on lap steel) sounds tailor-made for Sting; it should be considered for a single. Equally feisty is the title track. Conversely, "When the Heartache Ends" is warm and tender. The anthemic "Streetcorner Symphony" has what it takes to become a highlight of Thomas' live show.—MP