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Released: 30th May 2005.

Rob Thomas - Something To BeRob Thomas is best known as the lead singer of Matchbox 20, or perhaps even more as 'that bloke who sang with Santana', but now he is making the leap to solo stardom with his album "Something To Be".

The first single, "Lonley No More", is a Latin-tinged affair that is catchy enough but, by no means, the highlight on here.

Most of the songs have a similar style to Matchbox 20's work but with that extra pop factor thrown in. Thomas's soulfoul voice shines through the sometimes over-produced tracks.

Highlights from the album include the ballad "When The Heartache Ends", "All That I Am", complete with its dramatic Celtic influences, and the up-tempo "Streetcorner Symphony".

Thomas managed to put together an enjoyable album, slightly marred by some of the poppy production that just doesn't sit right with his voice.

* * * (Gerard Eskdale)

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