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article imageReview: Rascal Flatts back with pleasant new studio album 'Rewind' Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 17, 2014 in Music
Country group Rascal Flatts are back with their latest studio album "Rewind" that was released on May 13, via their record label, Big Machine Records.
The project was co-produced by Howard Benson, Dann Huff and Rascal Flatts. The award-winning group is made up of Gary LeVox on lead vocals, as well as Jay DeMarcus on bass and background vocals, and Joe Don Rooney on backing vocals and guitar.
It opens with the mid-tempo "Payback," which has a rebellious message to it and it is followed by their lead-off single "Rewind," which features solid electric guitar and it is making its way up the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts, already sitting in the Top 5. The tune is about a male narrator wanting to "rewind" his day with his lover. "So good, so right, this is one night I'm wishing I could rewind," Gary LeVox sings.
Another neat tune is the slow, piano-driven ballad "I Have Never Been to Memphis," which is slightly melodically reminiscent of their smash hit "Bless the Broken Road."
While "DJ Tonight" may be mediocre at best, they more than make up for it with the rocking "Powerful Stuff," which consists of an infectious chorus. "It burns like a fire, it cuts a river deep, it kicks like a gun, but it' so so so so sweet. When it comes to your love, it fits like a glove, baby this is powerful stuff," they sing.
"Riot" is a soothing piano-driven ballad that displays LeVox's crystalline vocals and DeMarcus' and Rooney's soaring harmonies.
"Night of Our Lives" is different-sounding than their previous vocals, but I quite like it. I think it would make a good choice for a future radio single, since it is refreshing and it proves that Rascal Flatts can always reinvent themselves.
"I Like The Sound of That," which was co-penned by Shay Mooney from the country duo Dan + Shay, is an upbeat love song that makes a reference to pop mega-star Justin Timberlake and how not even he can compare to his female lover.
The up-tempo "I'm On Fire" also has a rock edge to it, and it can certainly be the sequel to "Hot in Here," which happens to be my favorite song on their previous studio album Changed. "Better sound the alarm, 'cause this whole place is going up," they sing.
"Life's A Song" is a power-ballad whose lyrics are vivid and well-crafted, especially how it opens where they compare life to a "cement trampoline."
It closes on an inspirational note with "The Mechanic," which was co-penned by Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three. In the song, the male narrator compares his significant other has his "mechanic" that fixes him and how that person complements him just like yin and yang.
The Verdict
To quote the album's title, this is one CD that I would like to "rewind." It garners an A- rating. Although it may not be my favorite album of theirs (especially since Feels Like Today will be hard to top), Rewind is still a pleasant listen and far better than most of the albums that are out. Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus are still in top form. Good job guys.
For more information on Rascal Flatts and their new CD, visit their official website.
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