It is doubtful when 'More Than You Think You Are' was released by Matchbox 20 in 2002, they knew the impact the single 'Unwell' would have on its fans. After the devastating year we had in 2020, where everyone was forced to become recluses and get stuck inside their own heads, the lyrics could not be more appropriate. If you did not feel a sense of alienation from all that was "real", there was tone deaf chip inside of you. What the world was going through was not normal. Wearing masks to the grocery store is not normal. Being unable to hug your loved ones is not normal. Not being able to leave your house due to a pandemic is not normal.
Steve Aoki seemingly saw the call for help and enlisted Kiiara for 'Used to Be,' a "re-imagined" take on 'Unwell,' which charted at number one on the Billboard charts in May 2003. Just last week, Rob Thomas and his band-mates in MB20 partnered with RADical Hope as their charitable partner. The experience revolves around Unwell and Rob had this to say: "What we're really talking about is the mental health of our future generations. Who we're going to be ten years from now depends on how we treat these people now."
For the acoustic version of 'Used to Be,' Aoki called upon Thomas to join in. The two recorded their vocals apart but what Aoki did was magical. The song is a summation of what we have experienced over the past fourteen months and will continue to deal with for a little longer. If you already had mental health issues or dealt with them in the past, the pandemic undoubtedly was a trigger. Maybe this song can help you see you are not alone with the peaceful harmonies, call for help, and diary-esque lyrics.
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