Rhett, Morris out with new sounds
Friday, May 31, 2019
– Soulful singer Thomas Rhett goes back to his roots with "Center Point Road," his third release. The disc is named for the road he grew up on in Nashville. Rhett helped compose all 16 songs. "Look What God Gave Her" is the first single.
Less than three months after releasing her sophomore disc, "GIRL," Maren Morris out with a three-song EP, "Maren Morris: Reimagined." Morris teamed with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Singleton, Jason Isbell, John Prine, Colter Wall) to re-record "GIRL," "Bones" and "The Middle," the Zedd song to which she contributed vocals.
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Thomas Rhett's "Where We Started" begins with a wonderfully positive relationship song titled "The Hill." Over a quiet, acoustic guitar arrangement, Rhett sings of how a successful marriage is the hill he wants to die on. In other words, if he's going to fight for anything, he's going to battle for his romantic partnership. Unsurprisingly, Lori McKenna had a part in writing it. When it comes to setting the right priorities in life, McKenna is one of our greatest ...
Thomas Rhett is in the artistic zone. Rhett Atkins' boy never really struggled to get noticed, but starting around 2015, his impact went nuclear – "Die A Happy Man" wasn't just a number one, but a monster that stayed there for two months. The ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year still carries a lot of weight, and Rhett nabbed it in 2019.
Still, Rhett's sound has its doubters – a lot of the air-quote country hits were grafted to other dance, pop and soul styles. ...
Thomas Rhett represents a dilemma for traditional country music fans. Namely, that he doesn't create much country music that appeals to traditional tastes. Although "Center Point Road" doesn't entirely reverse that trend, even during its most overtly pop moments, this new collection of songs is still a pretty good one.
The best song is also a love song - to a truck - titled "That Old Truck." It's the kind of song that only makes sense within country music circles. ...