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Genres: Country, Pop
With Unstoppable, Gary, Joe Don and Jay release their most powerful and accessible album to date, taking their career and country music another large step forward. Produced by Dann Huff and Rascal Flatts, the record applie... more »
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With Unstoppable, Gary, Joe Don and Jay release their most powerful and accessible album to date, taking their career and country music another large step forward. Produced by Dann Huff and Rascal Flatts, the record applies the group's formidable talents to a spectrum of songs that range from the pure drama of "Forever," which deals, as the group has so often in the past, with the pain of a broken relationship, to the pure fun of "Summer Nights," a romp through a world of coolers and bikinis guaranteed to be a concert favorite. The trio is as proud of the project as they've ever been. "This is the best group of songs we've ever had," says Joe Don, and given the band's storied history, that is no small statement. Their deliberate approach is much of the reason. "We started early on this record," says Jay, "so we could take the time to cut when we wanted to cut. We set out from the beginning to track when we got songs we believed in. That allowed us to take a deep breath now and then and take our time, and the great thing is every song means something very deeply to us." That conviction is evident in every vocal. "Songs like 'Why,' which deals with a very important and sensitive topic," says Gary, "put me in a place vocally where I've never been. Overall, these were songs I could pour all of myself into." There is perhaps no male singer on the current country scene who can wring more from songs of loss and heartache than Gary, and Unstoppable gives him several opportunities to do just that. "Holdin' On" and "Close" both tell stories of people clinging to the remnants of lost love, while "Once" paints a portrait of loss that takes full advantage of his vocal prowess. All three agree, though, that Unstoppable's first single, "Here Comes Goodbye," covers the territory as well as it's been covered. "It's one of the most powerful songs we've ever put out there," says Jay. Along with first-rate song selection and the band's own contributions--Jay was co-writer on "Close" and the title track, which celebrates the sheer power of love, while Gary contributed "Summer Nights" and "Things That Matter," a look at moments with lasting importance--Unstoppable is notable for Rascal Flatts' continuing dedication to studio excellence. "I think Dann and [engineer] Justin [Niebank] just get better and better with time," says Joe Don, "and they really pushed us to raise our game. This is the best sound we've ever had." That excellence was reflected in Jay's bass playing and Joe Don's guitar work, as well as in their harmony vocals. "Take a song like 'Summer Nights,'" says Gary. "Joe Don really stepped out and played some great guitar. Vocally, too, the track was good, but when Joe Don played that guitar riff and then he and Jay laid down their vocals, they really took the song to a better place. It upped the ante on it." "Dann is such a great guitar player and producer," adds Joe Don. "He's totally got his thumb on country music right now, and he does inspire us to be better. We stretched a lot on this album, bringing in all our influences."
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~catchy songs -- awesome cd~
Joey Sciarra | Connecticut | 04/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're a fan of Rascal Flatts, you will totally love this album! Top to bottom, the songs are all very strong. They all have amazing harmony, and cross many different musical genres. This should assure more of the same continued success that has given Rascal Flatts the honor of "top country group" at the ACM Awards for 7 consecutive years.
"Love Who You Love" starts off the CD with an awesome, classic Rascal Flatts song - which should soon be a sure-fire #1 hit. A Very catchy and upbeat tune, which features well written lyrics with a nice message. Their first single ("Here Comes Goodbye") is already #1 on the country charts, which it definitely deserves. It's a great power-ballad which features the amazing combination of Jay's piano playing, Gary's vocals, Jo Don's Guitar, and Dann Huff's production.
The title track is a very good song which is definitely hit material, as is "Once" (another potential single written by Jeffrey Steele). "Things That Matter" carries a message that so many of us need to hear, and it wastes no time getting the wise words across. "Summer Nights" is a perfect summer concert song, and a much more tasteful alternative to "Bob That Head" from their last album.
Overall, I think that the final track - "Why" - is the very best song on the album. It is an unbelievably powerful and emotional ballad, which deals with a sensitive topic in such a unique way. The lyrics will give you chills when you realize what they are really about. To me, this one has "Song of the Year" written all over it. A great ending to a really great album."
Unstoppably Moving Forward
thisismywish | 04/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is always a step forward for the members of Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, Joe Don Rooney), and never a step back. With the release of their sixth studio album, "Unstoppable," this record-setting Vocal Group of the Year strives to capture a wide range of emotions in the songs so as to provide their fans with lyrics that capture moments in their lives, and they do so in a way not even they have yet done. From the haunting vocals on "Forever" that have the ability to bring tears to the eyes to the upbeat tempo with incredible harmonies on "Summer Nights," these songs reach across all boundaries set by other artists of every genre.
With every new release, Rascal Flatts strive to release at least one song that touches the heart with its poignancy. On "Unstoppable," that song comes in the form of "Why," a heartbreaking ballad about the end of a "beautiful song" that stands as an implied metaphor for life. Through the simplicity of the instrumentals and vocals, this song attempts to bring sense to a suicide and delivers beautifully.
Other highlights on this disc include "Once," "Unstoppable," and "Close," but every track deserves a listening."
A matter of perspective...
S. Sobotka | San Diego via Nebraska | 04/07/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I finally saw RF live in San Diego last month - like most artists, you can't fully appreciate what they're doing until you see a live performance. Incredible energy, fantastic musicians, personable - well worth the money. That said, the album follows a proven formula, but for me, its about being able to recall the live performance that makes it worth it - having seen their live performance, watching them play all the songs you hear on the radio, makes an otherwise run-of-the-mill album worth listening too. Agree w/ the Tennessee review re: $4.99 price tag - good value!"