It has been a decade since the boys in Matchbox Twenty released an album full of all new material. But, if you’re still clutching your copy of More Than You Think You Are and wishing that it was 2002 again, never fear — “She’s So Mean” is here!
The first single off their upcoming fourth studio album, North, “She’s So Mean” tells the too-familiar tale of a guy being with a girl who is simply no good for him. Lead singer Rob Thomas divulged to AOL that the track is “really a tongue in cheek song about a girl who keeps doing you wrong, but you can’t stay away. Like a drug, every guy and girl have had someone like that in their life at some time or another.” But for those who know Thomas, don’t take this song the wrong way: “I want to put out the disclaimer that this is not about my wife, in any way what so ever. These are about all the bad decisions that led me to realize that my wife is great.”
So we’ve got a relatable story behind the track, but does “She’s So Mean” have the catchy hooks and poppy likability that so characterized Matchbox Twenty for the better part of the 90’s? The short answer is yes. The punctuation of the percussion seamlessly complements Thomas’s distinctive vocals, while the song continuously builds to an ultimately satisfying climax. With this track, Matchbox Twenty has reminded fans why we loved them so long ago.
It is quite reassuring to see this band come out swinging after ten years and deliver an instant classic pop-rock tune. Moreover, I am so excited to see them working towards remaking themselves without giving themselves over to the kitschy trends in pop music today. Move over One Direction; Matchbox Twenty is back.