Matchbox Twenty, 'North' (9/4)
"You can't head into your forties and not have baggage," says frontman Rob Thomas. "Thankfully, we have a built-in release for it." The pop-rock hitmakers' first new LP in a decade is packed with U2-ish anthems and uptempo electro jams. Adds Thomas, "The whole album just sounds like something fun to play in front of a lot of people in an arena."