Tabitha's Secret - Don't Play with Matches

Tabitha's Secret
Don't Play with Matches

First Appeared in The Music Box, July 1998, Volume 5, #7

Written by John Metzger


This 70-minute set available from Forbidden Records includes vocalist Rob Thomas, bassist Brian Yale, and drummer Paul Doucette who went on to form Matchbox 20, leaving guitarist Jay Stanley and bassist John Goff behind. A lawsuit has since been filed by Stanley and Goff against Matchbox 20, their producer Matt Serletic and attorney David Mantel. It's a bad situation that will probably get worse before it gets better.

Nevertheless, the music on Tabitha's Secret's Don't Play with Matches may actually be better than the music on Matchbox 20's Yourself or Someone Like You. Two versions of the Matchbox 20's huge hit 3 a.m. are included, and I like the first version on this disc better than the Matchbox 20 single. Perhaps, it's because this version is much more honest and real, while also being far less familiar.

Elsewhere, Here Comes Horses flirts with a country-influenced groove before giving way to an emotionally-charged guitar solo, and Dear Joan is a gently flowing apology that wouldn't sound out of place with the music on Elton John's 1970 self-titled album. Fans of the better-known Matchbox 20 will definitely want to pick this one up. starstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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