Still Feels Good
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the new Rascal Flatts album delivers gorgeous harmonies, exquisite production, and nice-guy lyrics that spend a lot of time in boy-gets-girl/boy-loses-girl/boy-regrets-losing-girl/boy-gets-girl-back territory. Though the songs will be most appealing to those with a high schmaltz-tolerance threshold, they are well written and family safe.
What's the story?
Die-hard fans won't be disappointed -- rock-infused guitar work, a strong and solid rhythm section, and perfectionist vocal harmonies, all Rascal Flatts trademarks, rule the day on STILL FEELS GOOD. If the songs here verge on the formulaic, well, it's a formula that has worked really well for these winners of CMA, ACM, CMT, Billboard, and Grammy awards.
Is it any good?
The lyrics are innocuous and family safe, although never brilliant, and the content stays firmly in nice-guy-relationship land. Songs about love, loss, regret, hope, and more love -- heavy on the power ballads -- make Gary, Joe Don, and Jay seem like the kind of guys you'd want to take your daughters to the prom.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what makes an album "country" or "rock." Rascal Flatts uses a lot of electric guitar and a rock-influenced rhythm section. Why do you think they get played mostly on country radio stations? Do you think they'd be just as successful with rock fans?