Rascal Flatts - How They Remember You
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How They Remember You (Big Machine, 2020)

Rascal Flatts

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

Rascal Flatts' swan song EP grapples with the issues like legacy, time and memory. Right off the bat, "How They Remember You" posits that it's not a question of if, but how we're remembered. After we leave this planet for good, we won't be forgotten. However, we will be remembered, and we'd like to be remembered well. Then again, if one assumes there is no afterlife, does it really even matter? If there is no one to remember you, your legacy is basically a moot point. Rascal Flatts is not an outlet for deep philosophy, though, so we're probably reading more into these questions than is truly necessary.

This seven-song project closes with a cover of "Through the Years," a hit song associated with Kenny Rogers. While this particular recording is the trio's tribute to The Gambler, it also fits the collection's sometime theme, which is looking back over the act's career together. Even on the collaboration with Rachel Wammack, time is of the essence. In this case, "Quick, Fast, In A Hurry," is about two ex-lovers that are able to reestablish their relationship - in a New York minute.

"How They Remember You" is not a country album, and it's questionable that Rascal Flatts - which began as a sort of country answer to the boy band craze at the time - has ever truly been a country act. Vocalist Gary LeVox has, however, one of the most recognizable voices in all of mainstream country music, and it's always a pleasure to hear him sing. Judged by pop music standards, "How They Remember You" is a strong release. The performances are consistently good, and the songs mostly hold to the topic of being remembered for living life well, which makes the project memorable for all the right reasons.

CDs by Rascal Flatts

How They Remember You, 2020 Back to Us, 2017 The Greatest Gift of All, 2016 Rewind, 2014 Changed, 2012 Nothing Like This, 2010 Unwrapped EP, 2009 Unstoppable, 2009 Greatest Hits Volume 1, 2008 Still Feels Good, 2007 Me And My Gang, 2006

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