Release date: June 2009
Cradlesong is the second solo studio album by the Matchbox Twenty lead-singer Rob Thomas, released on June 30, 2009 by Atlantic Records. The album's first single "Her Diamonds" was a success around the world, while reaching number three in Australia and topping the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks, meanwhile other singles Someday and Mockingbird attained success on the Billboard Adult Contemporary markets. The album received mostly positive reviews, 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. It debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at number #3 selling 122,000 copies, while reaching top-ten positions in Canada and Australia. According to Nielsen Soundscan, as of January 3, 2010, Cradlesong has sold 362,458 copies in the United States.
Thomas described the album as "the usual mish-mosh of styles, but hopefully just holding true to a bunch of good songs." adding that several tracks "take a more global, rhythmic direction after working with South American and African percussionists."
On April 27, 2009 the first single "Her Diamonds" was released on iTunes. The song is about his wife Marisol and her long time illness. This was followed by "Give Me the Meltdown" on June 9, "Someday" on June 16, and "Fire on the Mountain" on June 23. All four singles were released before the album's release date on June 30, 2009.
Rob began his Cradlesong Tour in Hollywood, Florida on September 23, 2009 at the Hard Rock Live.