Rascal Flatts Changed CD Review

One2One Network recently selected me to do a review of the new Rascal Flatts “Changed “CD.  You guys are probably going to think this is silly, but I really didn’t even know who Rascal Flatts was!  I guess I just don’t get out enough LOL.  Anyway, before the CD got here I asked around a little bit and discovered they are a pretty popular band on the Country Music Scene.  So just in case any of you live in a cave like I do then I’ll give you a quick overview of the band :

Rascal Flatts is a country music band composed of three members: Gary LeVox (lead vocals), Jay DeMarcus (bass guitar, keyboard, piano, vocals) and Joe Don Rooney (lead guitar, vocals).  They released their first album in 2000 and since that time have sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the charts.

Changed is their eighth studio album and their first with brand new material in two years.  According to band member Jay DeMarcus the album is titled for the “next step in Rascal Flatts’ evolution”.  The songs were written to express some of the life altering changes that the band members and the record label have gone through during the past couple of years.   The band members all agree that being able to draw from their experiences has enabled “Changed” to be some of the best work they’ve done.

Tracks include the following:

1. Changed
2. Banjo
3. Hot In Here
4. Come Wake Me Up
5. She’s Leaving
6. Let It Hurt
7. Lovin’ Me
8. Hurry Baby
9. Sunrise
10. Great Big Love
11. A Little Home

In addition to the project’s 11 songs, an extra track and four bonus tracks are available on a deluxe edition.

Each band member had a hand in writing for the project. Besides “Changed,” Gary contributed “Great Big Love.” Jay penned “Let It Hurt,” a powerful look at facing loss, and Joe Don wrote “Sunrise,” an offer to cure heartache “one sunrise at a time.”

I am not a huge fan of modern country music, but did enjoy listening to this CD.  I found the music to be smooth and harmonious. There were a couple of sentimental songs where the  lyrics spoke to the heart without being what I consider “sappy”.  The overall beat of this CD was somewhere between relaxing and mellow, not what I’d call “twangy” or “honky-tonk” like.  It actually reminded me a bit more of southern rock then it did country music.

Rascal Flatts will be kicking off a new tour for this album in Nashville, TN on April 10th.  You can check the entire schedule here.  The Changed Album was officially released on April 3rd and is now available for purchase from Amazon.com.

I received a CD from One2One Network for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received and all options are my own. You can read my Disclosure Statement here.

Posted by: on April 8, 2012 under Product Reviews & Giveaways

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