THE THEME OF THE ALBUM SEEMS TO BE TROUBLED RELATIONSHIPS. HOWS THE MARRIAGE GOING? The marriage is going fine. Were pretty self-actualized because of all this stuff! I think most people in relationships have these horrible fights and blowups. If youre a good couple, you move on and evolve from that moment. But as a writer, your job is to stay in that moment a little bit longer and think about what would have happened if life had turned out differently from that moment on.
MANY PEOPLE CONSIDER YOU A GUILTY PLEASURE. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT? Thats definitely some sort of a slam for someone to say you are a guilty pleasure. My guilty pleasures are the things that give me exactly what they promised me -- but they promised me absolutely nothing, and I appreciate it. I guess it depends. [Matchbox Twenty] has always been in the middle of the road. If youre Britney Spears, then the music I make is Soundgarden. But if youre Soundgarden, were Britney Spears.
YOUVE MANAGED TO MAINTAIN A CERTAIN LEVEL OF ANONYMITY NOT USUALLY AFFORDED FOLKS AS SUCCESSFUL AS YOU. IS IT A BLESSING OR A CURSE? Its a blessing! You have to work at being that person. When Im in Los Angeles, every restaurant thats worth going to has paparazzi out front. If I lived in L.A., I would probably have a much higher profile. But I live in Westchester, up in horse country. If you dont know who I am but you know my songs and I can sell out Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center and I can still go to the grocery store, then Ive won.