CD Review: Thomas Rhett – Country Again Side A
by Antony Bailey for Country Music News International
- Want It Again
- Growing Up
- What’s Your Country Song
- Where We Grew Up
- Heaven Right Now
- To The Guys That Date My Girls
- More Time Fishin’
- Country Again
- Put It On Ice
- Blame It On A Backroad
- Ya Heard
Country singer-songwriter and male vocalist of the year Thomas Rhett recorded and released his fifth studio album ‘Country Again Side A’ in April 2021 in what is part of a double album project with side B due to be released in 2022. The record contains eleven original tracks, taking inspiration from traditional country music in addition to modern country rock and pop.
The first song ‘Want It Again’ sets a heart-warming tone and focuses on the possibility of one day reuniting with a teenage romance while the instrumentation is fairly subtle in its dynamic approach to the music. ‘Growing Up’ continues to tell a story of past romance in addition to a dynamic increase with the drums pushing the tempo of the song.
‘What’s Your Country Song’ was initially released as a single and has reached number 1 in the charts since its release. The tune is by far the one of the standout tracks on the album with its uplifting groove – bringing the album to life with more of a country-pop approach towards the music. ‘To The Guys That Date My Girls’ is sincere and profound in its meaning with Rhett telling the guys who date his daughters to take care of them and cherish them for who they are.
It is great to see Rhett making his mark on the country scene and songs such as ‘Heaven Right Now’ and ‘More Time fishin’ are examples of how he is able to showcase his versatility. The way he approaches his music to tell a story from start to finish is testament of why he has made his way to top of the charts.
‘Ya Heard’ brings the album to its conclusion in true country fashion with a train rhythm and blues harp providing the musical backdrop to what is a heart-warming ending to an emotional rollercoaster of an album. With Side A making a great impression on his fans and the music scene this year, there is a great deal of anticipation for the release of the second instalment of his double album project. Be sure to stay tuned to Country Music News International and Thomas Rhett’s social media pages for the future shows and release dates.
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