13 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their fourth album, Rascal Flatts has firmly nailed down the country-pop formula that has made them one of the best-selling acts of recent years: take some soaring close harmony singing, throw in a pinch of rock, R&B, and gospel, and then have the finest engineers and producers in Nashville polish it to a silky sheen. There’s nothing unexpected here, but fans of the Grammy-winning trio will not be disappointed. The album is mostly made up of well-constructed power ballads with catchy melodies that are tailor-made for their strong voices, along with a few rockers, such as the title tune and “Backwards,” a footloose take on an old joke about what happens when you play a country record in reverse. They also mix things up a bit on “Yes I Do,” giving the song a light reggae rhythm that works surprisingly well. Smooth and enjoyable, Me and My Gang highlights exactly why these young guys are already veteran chart toppers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their fourth album, Rascal Flatts has firmly nailed down the country-pop formula that has made them one of the best-selling acts of recent years: take some soaring close harmony singing, throw in a pinch of rock, R&B, and gospel, and then have the finest engineers and producers in Nashville polish it to a silky sheen. There’s nothing unexpected here, but fans of the Grammy-winning trio will not be disappointed. The album is mostly made up of well-constructed power ballads with catchy melodies that are tailor-made for their strong voices, along with a few rockers, such as the title tune and “Backwards,” a footloose take on an old joke about what happens when you play a country record in reverse. They also mix things up a bit on “Yes I Do,” giving the song a light reggae rhythm that works surprisingly well. Smooth and enjoyable, Me and My Gang highlights exactly why these young guys are already veteran chart toppers.

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