Rascal Flatts' sixth studio album, "Unstoppable," certainly lives up to its name. It's a fitting word for these country boys. They certainly seem to be an "unstoppable" force in country music, putting out album after album of remarkable tunes. They can harmonize, they can play, they can write, they can rock…and they're not bad to look at. In the music world, that's a perfect combination.
It's rare to find a male country group that harmonizes as well as Gary, Jay and Joe Don. It's often the girl groups like Dixie Chicks, Indigo Girls and SHeDaisy that do the flawless harmonizing, but this Nashville trio blends their voices so seamlessly, they make it seem effortless.
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The lead off single, "Here Comes Goodbye" is not the strongest track on the album, but the tale of an impending breakup (followed by imminent heartbreak) will definitely resonate with fans. And these guys are all about heartbreak. They've been singing about it since their first hit, "Praying for Daylight" in 2000. "Forever" and "Holdin' On" are two ballads on the album that fall nicely into this category.
On the opposite end is "Love Who You Love," which can be considered a perfect and very fitting statement in regards to what's going on right now with the issue of gay marriage. With lyrics like, "Love who you love with all that you have, and don't waste the time that flies so fast," it's an especially bold declaration and explores a theme that's extremely prevalent in today's society. The group has already given interviews about how excited they are that the gay community has embraced the song, which is very pioneering in the world of country music.
If you're looking for something to blare in your car on a road trip or on a hot day, try "She'd Be California" or the appropriately titled "Summer Nights" – both are ideal summer songs.
But the most gripping, memorable song on the album is the last track. No Rascal Flatts album would be complete without at least one tear-jerker and "Why" – a song about a life cut tragically short - fits the bill perfectly.
Their tour starts this summer and as someone who has seen them in concert on four separate occasions, I highly recommend it. You can also check them out in "Hannah Montana The Movie" opening wide in theaters this weekend! If you think they sound great in their albums, you'll definitely want to see them live. They put on an exciting, fun, energy-filled show that leaves you wanting more.
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