Rascal Flatts
Me And My Gang


3.5
great

Review

by Ruth Porter USER (5 Reviews)
October 25th, 2009 | 25 replies | 6,336 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

One day a few months ago, I was talking to my best friend about some relationship issue and she decided to give me a song that to her described what I was going through. This song was What Hurts the Most. I listened and enjoyed the lyrics, but quickly wrote it off. Country music has never been my style, I'm a pop punk kind of kid. Yeah, I grew up in the sticks and my parents flooded my brain with George Jones and Dolly Parton, but I decided at ten to start listening to Simple Plan and that's the genre I stuck to.

However, a few months down the road I decided I liked What Hurts The Most. Gary LeVox's twangy back-to-hangin'-out-on-the-farm sort of vocal style had grown on me. The lyrics and violins melted my heart. I was enjoying this emotional ballad. So this brought me to downloading Rascal Flatt's 2006 album, Me and My Gang. I suppose I've always had country as a guilty pleasure, and hell I love the Jonas Brothers, why not Rascal Flatts too?

Me and my Gang starts off with Stand, a song the builds up and speaks of hope in a tough situation. It's a mellow opener for this album, but it is a good foreshadow of what is to come on this record. What Hurts the Most, as I previously stated is an emotional ballad, a cover that has been done in many ways, even dance. This style Rascal Flatts bring forth though, fits best. The sweeping violins and crashing cymbals that bring back the last rendition of the chorus all bring you back to when you heard that Nickelback song at your first junior high dance. Although Rascal Flatts are a country band, which is clear with the mandolin, banjo and vocals, they also have that mainstream appeal to anyone.

Backwards is a good example of what makes Rascal Flatts exclusive to CMT, and not Much or MTV. If you're a frequent country listener this song will make you chuckle. It talks about all the things you would get back if you play a country song backwards. I smiled when I first heard this song, because it's making fun of the typical country song, but it does it with pleasure and is all around enjoyable. It's an up-tempo number that will have you dreaming of an old country festival with your foot tapping on a wooden board and some gentleman with spoons tapping off his knee and a big grin on his face.

Another track that really stood out was To Make Her Love Me. It talks of a woman leaving him, and asking whatever higher source there may or may not be above us to please make her love him. With lyrics that would make tears come to your eyes: 'You've made the heavens and the stars/everything/c'mon how hard could it be/to make her love me?' The melody brings forth a desperation, and the harmonies only add to the butterflies fluttering around in your stomach. There's a solid guitar solo present in this song that drags out the pleading.

So, if you're a country listener, or even if you're not, this album could appeal to you. If it's ballads that rage like a thunderstorm, or fun, modern country you're looking for, this album could appeal to you. If you're just looking for a good song to cry over the loss of a recent relationship, this album could appeal to you. If you're looking for something original, fresh or heavy, this album may not appeal to you. Rascal Flatts have taken the modern country scene over, whether you're okay with that or not, this album will give you the answer.


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Meatplow
October 25th 2009



5524 Comments


What's that Rascall Flatts song with the lyrics about the girl with cancer that are subtle as a brick?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhnU9IYTD9c

Ah yes, Skin. lead singer makes me lol, he's so butch.

Good review, I mostly like my country in small doses though :] It's good to see somebody tackling country reviews as well.

toyour
October 25th 2009



95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you. (:

timbo8
October 25th 2009



618 Comments


Good review. I used to like these guys, now I basically can't stand them.

Gyromania
October 25th 2009



15164 Comments


These guys are soooooo bad.

fromtheinside
October 25th 2009



17647 Comments


honestly a great cd. i was thinking of writing one for this, as its their only good one, but never got around to it. glad to see some love for em.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

mvdu
October 25th 2009



599 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, but I have to say I think they are about as bland as country gets.

cvlts
October 25th 2009



8954 Comments


good review, shouldnt have been neg'd

probs sonic lol

Emim
October 25th 2009



26469 Comments


Ewwww...Country, get it off!

JK (kinda)I can only stand "What Hurts the Most", the rest is ironically what hurts the most.

toyour
October 26th 2009



95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dang, neg'd, oh well thanks for the feedback guys ^_^

RamsesII
December 2nd 2009



80 Comments


*My Gang and I

Emim
December 3rd 2009



26469 Comments


Not if you're country. Bad grammar is expected.

LifeAsAChipmunk
February 11th 2012



4854 Comments


"What Hurts the Most" is definitely the best thing here. It's still a lame song, but I love pre-chorus and especially the cheesy violin part. Probably because it reminds me of a slower, country-ish violin version of the guitar solo from Chalk Zone's theme song.

Gyromania
February 12th 2012



15164 Comments


This album is so stereotypically country.

DeafMetal
February 12th 2012



8584 Comments


rascal fags

SharkTooth
June 5th 2013



3644 Comments


They're pop, were you REALLY expecting something deep?

My one problem with this review is that I LOATHE the Jonas Brothers

Digging: Tumbleweed Dealer - Western Horror

demigod!
June 5th 2013



43792 Comments


waful band.

Digging: Black Flag - My War

Gyromania
June 5th 2013



15164 Comments


jonas brothers >>>> this garbage

demigod!
June 5th 2013



43792 Comments


pop country is just the worst

Kman418
June 5th 2013



9795 Comments


fuck now i want a waffle

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Kman418
June 5th 2013



9795 Comments


when i used to ride the bus to school our bus driver listened to only country and would blast it everyday to and from school and so i know the lyrics to pretty much all their songs



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