Rob Thomas - The Great Unknown (2015) [Official Digital Download]

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Rob Thomas - The Great Unknown (2015) [Official Digital Download]

Rob Thomas - The Great Unknown (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 43:24 minutes | 536 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The Great Unknown – the multiple-GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter’s first new solo album in more than six years. The record includes the album's acclaimed first single "Trust You" and was produced by a remarkable roster of studio all-stars including longtime collaborator Matt Serletic, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé), Ricky Reed (Jessie J, Jason Derulo, Twenty One Pilots), and Shep Goodman & Aaron Accetta (American Authors).

Returning to solo status after the 2012 Matchbox 20 reunion – this time, the group didn't go on hiatus; they merely took a break while their singer pursued other projects – Rob Thomas decided to broaden his horizons on 2015's The Great Unknown by working with a variety of different producers and collaborators this time around. Still on board in an executive producer role is Matt Serletic (the producer who's worked with Thomas for nearly 20 years), and the singer/songwriter also enlists OneRepublic mastermind Ryan Tedder and Jason Derulo/Jessie J producer Ricky Reed to give him a modern pop life. This new blood is notable on The Great Unknown, which is considerably livelier than 2009's contemplative Cradlesong. He hasn't entirely abandoned power ballads – it's in his blood and it's something he does well, as evidenced by "Paper Dolls" and the spare, piano-anchored closer "Pieces" – and he retains a fondness for surging, insistent anthems, the kind that fill arenas and airwaves with equal ease. There's a levity here, though, that's often absent on his albums, either on his own or with his band. Who knows what's responsible for the shift? But the lightness is palpable and welcome, whether it surfaces on the cheerfully cheesy come-on "I Think We'd Feel Good Together" or the modulated disco pulse of "Things You Said" and "Trust You," the first single from Thomas since "Smooth" that could qualify as an unabashed party. The good vibes aren't limited to tracks designed to be hits, either: there's also the sunny, skipping "Hold On Forever," the stomping beats of "Wind It Up," the pan-global exuberance of "One Shot," and the digital horn stabs of "Absence of Affection," each adding momentum and cheer to an album that deliberately side-steps many of Thomas' signature moves while still sounding unmistakably like him.

Tracklist:

01 - I Think We'd Feel Good Together
02 - Trust You
03 - Hold On Forever
04 - Wind It Up
05 - One Shot
06 - The Great Unknown
07 - Absence Of Affection
08 - Things You Said
09 - Paper Dolls
10 - NLYTM
11 - Heaven Help Me
12 - Lie To Me
13 - Pieces

Analyzed: Rob Thomas / The Great Unknown
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR6 -1.01 dB -8.61 dB 3:01 01-I Think We'd Feel Good Together
DR7 -1.01 dB -9.19 dB 3:08 02-Trust You
DR8 -1.01 dB -10.85 dB 3:35 03-Hold On Forever
DR6 -1.01 dB -9.16 dB 3:09 04-Wind It Up
DR6 -1.01 dB -8.80 dB 2:51 05-One Shot
DR7 -1.01 dB -11.82 dB 3:38 06-The Great Unknown
DR6 -1.63 dB -9.32 dB 3:37 07-Absence Of Affection
DR5 -1.01 dB -8.47 dB 3:04 08-Things You Said
DR5 -1.01 dB -9.81 dB 3:05 09-Paper Dolls
DR6 -1.00 dB -9.11 dB 2:47 10-NLYTM
DR6 -1.01 dB -8.45 dB 3:21 11-Heaven Help Me
DR5 -1.01 dB -8.91 dB 3:46 12-Lie To Me
DR8 -1.01 dB -11.95 dB 4:21 13-Pieces
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR6

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1448 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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