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Rascal Flatts

Unstoppable – 2009 (Lyric Street)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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The Rascal Flatts hit making music machinery continues as its latest is filled with a lot of commercial pop country for which the trio is known. Rascal Flatts does not move very far outside of their comfort zone. Lead singer Gary LeVox's sturdy, sometimes plaintive vocals, and well-chosen material can have that effect. Dann Huff once again produced along with lead singer Gary LeVox, guitarist Joe Don Rooney and bassist Jay DeMarcus. Huff gets a big sound once again out of the band, perhaps never more in evidence than on the title track with guitars going and LeVox's vocals very key.

Yet, at the same time, there is a bit more of a country feel here and there due to the instrumentation (the title track goes from blazing guitars to steel guitar from Paul Franklin within seconds), but make no mistake about it. Rascal Flatts remains committed to what today passes for the country mainstream. A listen to She's So California, Here Comes Goodbye and the blaring guitars of the catchy, radio ready Summer Nights with its singalong lyrics should be enough to convince. Rascal Flatts remains very good at doing what they do.