Rascal Flatts fans are definitely going to want to read the review below, sent to me by Andrew W. Griffin, writer for The Norman Transcript. Much thanks to Andrew for sending this CD Review for posting on Country’s Chatter.
By Andrew W. Griffin
The Norman Transcript
Rascal Flatts – Nothing Like This (Big Machine Records) 2010
Returning to the studio with producer Dann Huff in tow, country-pop group Rascal Flatts emerged with an album that reaffirms the group’s status as one of the best groups in both country and pop music.
Lead vocalist Gary LeVox, who possesses one of the most recognizable voices in modern country music, belts out the opening track, “Why Wait,” a straightforward, up-tempo track about a guy asking his best gal to marry him now, ‘cuz “why wait another minute?”
The trio teams up with singer Natasha Bedingfield on the ballad “Easy.” While it’s a strong song, the guys have done better. And Bedingfield isn’t given enough vocal time, in my humble opinion.
Ballads are still a strong suit for Rascal Flatts. Take “I Won’t Let Go” for instance. It’s a heartwarming song in that Eighties vein. I mean, it sounds like it was written for some charity looking to help fly-covered orphans in Africa. A bit schmaltzy but bound to further win over folks bowled over by “Bless The Broken Road,” from a few years back.
Songs like “Play” are solid yet somehow underwhelming in their bombast. They make up for it on the title track, “Nothing Like This,” a song that starts out slowly with some banjo and steel guitar and begins to build to an over-the-top crescendo. Both Picher, Okla. native and guitarist Joe Don Rooney and bassist Jay DeMarcus are put to good use on this powerful track.
And for a guy who was lamenting the fact that you just don’t hear the sitar, a classical Indian stringed instrument made popular in the West five decades ago by Ravi Shankar, the Flatts incorporate the instrument successfully on two tracks – the moody “Sunday Afternoon” and the soulful country of “They Try.” In both cases it works beautifully, particularly in the case of the groovy, Seventies vibe they present on the latter song. One of the best songs they’ve ever done.
Rooney’s electric guitar kicks off “Red Camaro,” a Bryan Adams-styled rocker with a cruisin’-n-feel-good vibe. “We were so reckless and young / And it all comes back to me / In stone-washed memories.” LeVox, who co-wrote “Summer Young,” takes a similar tack on that song with it’s longing lyrics and dreamy pop-rock groove. Plus, DeMarcus and Rooney offer some swell background vocals here.
Rascal Flatts will be performing at the Oklahoma City Arena on Saturday March 12 along with Luke Bryan and Chris Young. For more information go to www.rascalflatts.com.
Here is the review as it appears on The Norman Transcript website.
Grade – B+
Copyright 2010 The Norman Transcript
This is another one I haven’t heard yet, but I will. I’ve been a Flatts fan for a long time. And I’m anxious to get this one in my CD collection, too.
That will take care of my Sunday morning. I’ll talk to you all very soon!