Cradlesong is the sophomore solo album from Rob Thomas: lead singer of Matchbox Twenty. The first single "Her Diamonds" is already a big hit in Australia, peaking at #3. Cradlesong made its debut on the US charts at number 3 selling 122,000 copies.
Critical reception for the album has generally been positive with the single "Her Diamonds", a song written about his wife and her illness, receiving praise by many reviewers. The album takes a pop rock feel with a variety of sounds mixed by long time producer Matt Serletic who is praised for smooth production of the album. Cradlesong made a positive debut on the Billboard 200 selling 122,000 copies while "Her Diamonds" ascended up the Billboard Hot 100 to a peak of 23. According to Soundscan, as of November 2, Cradlesong has sold 298,205 copies in the US.
I have this running debate amongst friends -- well, fellow reviewers, mostly -- about what signifies a "great" CD. It's a kinda/sorta chicken-versus-the-egg argument about whether or not a released CD gets defined as "great" right out of the box OR if it has to have legs, to prove itself over time. Does it strike the reviewer immediately as a 'home run' or does it need time for songs to find themselves or, perhaps, find greater meaning amongst everything else in the performer's … more