I poked the amazon.ca reviews for David Usher's new album while debating where and when to buy it. There was only one, with one star, and it was in French. Fortunately, I can still parse basic written French, and realized it came down to a complaint that "Moist was good, your solo stuff is too pop." Or, in other words, go back to what you were when I liked it.
This is a thing that has cropped up in mb20 fandom, too (I was guilty of it for a while), that Rob's solo stuff met with a lot of fan resistance because it didn't sound
like matchbox twenty.
Well, of course it doesn't. As Rob put it in some quote that I've lost the source of, he doesn't have to write for a 5 piece band (3 guitars, drum, keyboard) anymore. He can experiment with a wider range of sound and instrumentation.
Likewise, David isn't leaning on Jeff and Kevin's guitars any more. Jeff isn't even touring with him as of the last of the Strange Birds
tour (which is a pity, we liked the way they interacted on stage). It gives him a whole different range and freedom.
Moist was much more... how to put it... angst and muted violence and desperation and weird weird lyrics. David Usher has become much more political. Matchbox 20 was raw and young and foolish enough to follow the "I'm a rock star, baby!" debauchery path for a while. Still waiting to see what Rob's second album will be like. (Should maybe check out Paul's solo thing, too, since I'm avoiding Kyle's. :p )
They can't go back to what they were. Enjoy what they are.
And in conclusion: dinosaurs