The twenty nine year old American country-pop musician released his third studio album Life Changes in September 2017 through Valory Music Group. The album was co-produced by Thomas Rhett along with Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Julian Bunetta and Joe London. The genre of this album has been described as country-pop, and also we see certain electronic music elements have been added. Throughout the album, Thomas Rhett has focused on certain glimpses of his love story with his wife, how his life has changed drastically in the past few years and his dreams of becoming a songwriter. He managed to use his music and powerful storytelling skills very effectively that have added additional impact. It has a total of fourteen tracks that runs for an approximate time of forty-six minutes. The album received decent reviews from the music critics. AllMusic rated the album 4 out of 5 stars and describes the album – “Life Changes is littered with references to the modern world -- blue check marks on an Instagram, burned CDs, mango green tea, and Coldplay songs -- but, more impressively, the music engages with contemporary pop trends, going far beyond the R&B inclinations of Tangled Up. Tangled Up is his second studio album that was released in 2015. Sounds Like Nashville, the online country music magazine says, “Life Changes is Thomas Rhett's most ambitious release yet, and has something for every listener”, describing its sound as “blending sounds from the country, rock, R&B and even EDM genres”. The album reached significant commercial success and it was featured in many music charts across various countries. It topped the US Billboard 200 and US Top Country Albums (Billboard) charts. It also came in second and third positions on music charts in countries like New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. The album was also nominated for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards and CMA (Country Music Association) Awards in 2018.
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I can't remember the last time a song came on the radio and it struck a chord with me. Maybe it was in 2018 when Cole Swindell song, "Dad's Old Number" peaked on the Billboard Top 100. The song which Cole Swindell sung about calling his dad's old number up and realizing it wasn't his dad's number anymore, brought out a ton of emotions. It made me think about those who I've lost in my family too soon and how hard it is to realize they're gone sometimes. Songs like that one don't come on the radio that often. Maybe it's because people don't want to hear those sad songs. People want to hear catchy tunes that make them think back to their youth and make their lives fill fun. With all the stresses of the world today; the hurt and the pain I completely understand why most artists tend to stray away from emotional songs about real-life, but every once in a while it's still nice to hear one come on the radio. That's why when I heard Thomas Rhett's new song, "Remember You Young," it brought up a ton of mixed emotions that I was happy to feel again. Even though the song made me sad to think about how fast life goes, it also made me think back to happy times and memories in my life that I hadn't thought about in years.
It’s Easy To Surrender To The Good Times, Sincerity, Rock, And Psuedo Funk Of “It Goes Like This” By Thomas Rhett
I want to believe. I want to join in. I want to have a blast. Yes, sometimes, even a hyper analytical mind like mine (not bragging – overthinking things has been a burden of late) needs to just detach from being so critical of music and people and movements and politics – and just surrender oneself to good times – like those found on this debut album from a Country Pop star known for his boundary pushing music – it’s time for Thomas Rhett and his freshman effort It Goes Like This. Here are pop arrangements to bounce along with and definitely shoot some whisky to, ranging in style from rock n roll to trap music to funky club grooves. And yeah, he raps like a fool on “Front Porch Junkies (Remix)”, but it is quite intentional and is definitely on some Kid Rock shit – I can hear the joint’s spiritual cousin in “Cowboy.” It seems that whatever Rhett has on his mind, he goes for, unafraid of how audiences will react to the variety of sounds per album. I should know, having tried to understand his place in Country music over the last years by listening to a couple of his more recent albums – but this is where it all started, and to my surprise, he has always been experimenting with various genres while presenting tracks that the Everyman can also clap along to.
With something like three studio albums under his belt, Thomas Rhett has made a lane for himself in Country Pop. Son of famous Country singer-songwriter Rhett Akins, instead of sticking with tradition like his Pop, he clearly is more interested in bucking it at every turn he can manage – which by the way – is awesome, so long as you replace what works with another thing that works, albeit in your own unique way. I find though that the engineers over in Nashville are a bit extra on the cliched sounds. I don’t even know if Rhett was produced in Nashville, but all I know is his music is as good an example as any of the very polarizing work coming out of the new Nashville Sound of the last few years, and sometimes it works, and sometimes - it don’t. This album Tangled Up is certainly a mixed bag of noise – but let me break down a couple things. Music such as this is polarizing because it skirts accurate classification and understandably has folks up in arms about what’s what. People tend to belly ache on what to call this; Country Pop, as opposed to Modern Country, whose latter classification more accurately represents the music of someone like Jon Pardi, who tends to play something fresh while relying on root sounds. Meanwhile, Rhett adds guitar and drawl and banjo here and there, yet he also sings over some pretty obvious electronic noises, applied, by Nashville engineers, in the most obvious way with literally no subtlety what so ever. While Rhett claims to want to think outside of the box musically, such a desire must be worked in tastefully, but as the several generic tracks heard on Tangled Up attest to, taste can be elusive. The team involved would do better to listen more carefully to their new influences and figure out what makes it all tick. Reverse engineer all you want, but make sure your new revolutionary music doesn’t end up sounding embarrassing to everyone but people who don’t know any better. Fans of the Pop and EDM tracks here clearly aren’t so discerning – and rather, are just swept up in the loud chaos and catch all styles. The core structure, content, and melodies seem to suffer the more crap you pile on top to beef them up – but here’s an idea – write the beef into the notes first, and then stretch the style. With that said, there are some unbelievable tracks where Rhett nails the quality of what he is going for, and ends up producing something that is only bashed because it truly has become something that is not Country, thus turning off those particular Country fans for the simple fact that they only listen to one genre of music. Whereas a multi-genre lover like myself whole heartedly applauds Rhett and his risk taking when he absolutely gets his genres right.
Thomas Rhett’s last album, 2015’s Tangled Up, pushed back heavily on convention, and while he solidified his younger fan base, his pop-heavy approach on most of the tracks surely rubbed more traditionally Country fans the wrong way. It is clearer on Life Changes that Rhett may be aiming to please multiple generations without losing his clear attraction to new sounds and concepts, and for this, he is a superior artist now with a superior album,
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- Jun 13, 2019Thomas Rhett Works His Romance Magic: 'Die a Happy Man' Inspires Another Marriage Proposal
- Jun 11, 2019Thomas Rhett's New No. 1 Album Just Made Country Music History
- Jun 09, 2019Thomas Rhett Hits No. 1 Again With New Album 'Center Point Road'
- Jun 07, 2019Thomas Rhett on Why He Clapped Back at Trolls Mocking Wife Lauren: 'Sometimes I Can't Hold Back'
- May 31, 2019Thomas Rhett: 'Center Point Road' Album Stream & Download - Listen Now!
- May 07, 2019Thomas Rhett Surprises Deserving Women with Their Military Sons and Daughters for Mother's Day
- Apr 08, 2019Thomas Rhett Thanks "Smokin' Hot" Wife Lauren Akins After Big 2019 ACM Awards Win
Thomas Rhett Akins Jr. (born March 30, 1990) is an American country music singer and songwriter. His father is the singer Rhett Akins. Rhett has released three studio albums for Big Machine Records' Valory Music imprint: It Goes Like This (2013), Tangled Up (2015), and Life Changes (2017). These albums have produced seventeen singles on the Hot Country and Country Airplay charts, with twelve reaching the No. 1 position on the latter: "It Goes Like This", "Get Me Some of That", "Make Me Wanna", "Crash and Burn", "Die a Happy Man", "T-Shirt", "Star of the Show", "Craving You", "Unforgettable", "Marry Me", "Life Changes", and "Sixteen". In addition to much of his own material, Rhett has written singles for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line, LoCash and Michael Ray among others.
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