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Rascal Flatts Come Back with “Changed”

Andy Ellis | A&E Writer | 4-13-2012

When an act has been around for 12 years it’s easy for people to tire of them.  Their albums start sounding the same, and you start looking for new music to try out.  When it comes to the band Rascal Flatts, this may have started to happen with their last couple albums.  While that didn’t mean the music was bad, it just got to be more of the same over the years.

Before this album they released Nothing Like This, and even said themselves that they focused less on production and more on the song.  Their goal was to try and bring back the feeling of their earlier albums. It was a step in the right direction, and they even experimented outside of country music by including a duet with Natasha Bedingfield on the hit “Easy.”  However there was still something missing, but it seems like it was found on Changed.

It is possible that this is their best effort since Me And My Gang took over the music world in 2006.  It starts out with the title track which has got to be one of the most religious songs they have ever done, and it’s a great way to start the album. Other standouts include the first single “Banjo,” the mid tempo “Hot In Here,” and the song that seems to have been released just in time for finals called “A Little Home.”  The best part about that song is that both Jay and Joe Don take turns singing lines in the second verse.

This is definitely one of their most solid albums in awhile, and it shows they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Gary’s vocals are still top notch, and the songs just keep getting better.  So Rascal Flatts fans shouldn’t even think twice about checking it out, and country fans should at least give it a chance.

My Grade:  4 Out of 5