Thomas Rhett's New Country(?) Album Isn't Good
Look, I like Thomas Rhett. I've followed him on social media since his first album came out. He seems like a nice guy. He has a loving wife and two beautiful children. But that's also the problem with him. Half of the time he is brought up, people mention his wife and kids. Is it a testament to how awesome his family is or a to how his music is just that forgettable? Is it both? Most country artists have wonderful family lives.
He has 8 number one "Country" Airplay songs, reminding us that the radio has no idea what we want. He only has one Hot Country number one, Die a Happy Man, which is the only one that deserves to be number one from his three album career.
Thomas Rhett wears sneakers during his concerts so he can comfortably dance. He covers Bruno Mars and other pop artists. He puts on a show instead of winning over a crowd with great music. He is not his father, which is fine, but he needs to pull a Taylor Swift and take his step into the pop world and try his best to succeed there.
His first album gave us atrocities like Front Porch Junkies, Whatcha Got in That Cup, and All-American Middle Class White Boy. Outside of the first of those tracks, they were just bro country tunes and laundry list pandering tunes meant to be played at parties. Those musical sins are innocent by today's standards. His second album isn't worth talking about, outside of the romantic Die A Happy Man, which Rhett wrote for his wife, Lauren.
Thomas Rhett's newest venture explores EDM and autotune. He doesn't even try to make country music anymore. Leave Right Now had me intrigued, despite it sounding like most music being released, because it was an acoustic song with a catchy tune... that is until the 51 second mark when it literally turned into an EDM song. Craving You is so painfully not country that even the talented Maren Morris can't save it.
I will receive a lot of hate for this review from his rabid fans who refuse to accept that this is not a country album. As I discussed in my previous review for Kip Moore's Slowheart, it's ok to accept that he's not a country artist. I'm not telling anyone to not enjoy this album, but I don't and I cannot stand this album.
The Saving Grace: Marry Me
It's been a habit for Thomas Rhett to release one good song on otherwise bad albums. On It Goes Like This, it was Beer With Jesus. On Tangled Up, it was Die A Happy Man. On Life Changes, it's Marry Me.
Though it has the computerized drumbeat overlaying the song, this slow piano tune has a beautiful and heartbreaking message that helps me forgive its faults. In the song, Rhett plays the friend of a bride who is getting married to someone else. He only wishes that he could find the courage to interrupt the wedding and confess his love.
But in the end he lets her marry the man she loves and he has to drink away his feelings.
And I know, her daddy's been dreading this day
Oh, but he don't know he ain't the only one giving her away
I'll wear my black suit, black tie, hide out in the back
I'll do a strong shot of whiskey straight out the flask
I'll try to make it through without crying so nobody sees
Yes, she wanna get married
But she don't wanna marry me
5/10 as a pop album