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 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. ...
Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the ...
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) ...