Matchbox Twenty returns after long absence to offer an album of exuberance, ‘Where the Light Goes’

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a decade has passed since the last Matchbox Twenty album and fans may have been forgiven for thinking it was the end of the line. That’s what Matchbox Twenty was thinking, too. So fans can thank guitarist-keyboardist Kyle Cook for “Where the Light Goes,” the band’s 12-track return with new music since 2012, out this Friday. Cook floated the idea of giving fans who had waited through the pandemic a full album of fresh tunes. The reunited Matchbox Twenty has also lost some of the internal spikiness of the past, adding a more collaborative feel. Frontman Rob Thomas says, “Nobody’s precious anymore and nobody is quick to anger anymore.”