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Rascal Flatts

Still Feels Good – 2007 (Lyric Street)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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Five albums in, Rascal Flatts has proven to be more than just the country 'boy band' it at first suggested. This is mostly for the girls, primarily due to tender relationship songs like "Take Me There."

But "Bob That Head," with its Southern rock electric guitar solo, is squarely aimed at the dudes. It's easy to imagine this song as a concert sing-along. The disc's title track will also hold appeal to classic rock fans. It's a driving rocker, with tasteful pedal steel and electric guitar interplay.

And one of this album's better experiments is "She Goes All the Way" with Jamie Foxx on vocals; it still sounds country, albeit in a soulful way. Rascal Flatts has never been a particularly issue-oriented act, although "It's Not Supposed To Be Like That," co-written by the highly skillful Bobby Pinson, ends the album with tears shed over those who have exited earth too soon. This CD's only obvious misstep is "No Reins," which sounds just a little too much like Pat Benatar's "Shadows of the Night." But then again, Rascal Flatts is as AOR rock-inspired as country-influenced, so is anyone really surprised?