The Bottom Line
- Tight, emotional vocal performance
- Pounding drums that kick off the song
- Great vocal bridge midway through
- The whole thing may be a bit overheated
- Rob Thomas works up a vocal sweat
- Pounding 'heartbeat' drums are a great opening
- You are likely to be singing the hook by the first time through
Guide Review - This Is How a Heart Breaks - Rob Thomas
This single can make those who love Rob Thomas as a performer worship him, but for those who don't appreciate his brand of vocal intensity, this won't gain him more love. Count this reviewer as one who is becoming more and more impressed by Thomas' abundant musical talent. If you have the opportunity to view the film of "This Is How a Heart Breaks" recorded in the studio on the Something To Be dualdisc, by all means watch. Rob Thomas' in-the-studio performance is riveting.
For those who expected Rob Thomas solo to be merely an extension of his work with Matchbox 20, this is another example of how he distinguishes his solo work from that with the group. Horns and keyboards are at least important here as drums and guitars. There is a bright snap to the pop instinct in "This Is How a Heart Breaks" that is distinctly unlike any work by Thomas' group. The song title, by the way, is more instantly memorable than nearly any song recorded by Matchbox 20.
Chart success seems assured for this second single from Something To Be. It is already picking up significant radio airplay in advance of official release. Gather a bunch of friends and join the punchy emotional breakdown of "This Is How a Heart Breaks."