Review Summary: Fresh and melodic, a standout from their discography.
Rascal Flatts, a country trio out of Columbus, Ohio, has a very devoted fanbase. Said fanbase also includes a younger demographic, a rarity for modern country acts. With that in mind, their penchant of bringing something to the table for the whole family, so to speak, has kept them on the airwaves since their proverbial peak with 2004's "Feels Like Today." But what does "Nothing Like This" have that "Feels Like Today" and it's other predecessor's lacked" Well, for the most part, a fresh and new dimension to their already unique and melodic sound. Comprised of vocalist Gary LeVox, bassist Jay DeMarcus, and guitarist Joe Don Rooney, the group's inaugural effort with Big Machine Records correlates with new life from the group. This album's two successors follow that same blueprint, but you get the gist.
When you've got an established group whose lyricism has a foundation of love and morals, along with having fun, what other themes can you throw into the mix" Well, simply put, themes that add the aforementioned dimension this album encompasses. You have up-tempo, feel good tracks like album opener and Number 1 single "Why Wait" and non-single track "Red Camaro." The latter of which showcases a lot more of Don Rooney's riffing ability. The former, "Why Wait" is a song custom made for this group. They've always had an easy task of harmonizing amongst themselves, but it's most evident on this song and its lyrical contemporaries. Even when the pace is lifted, the group can still bring infectious vocals to the table. And DeMarcus and Don Rooney's vocals are nothing to scoff at. They do a great job to back up LeVox, and their ability to do so also shines through on the slower and more sentimental tracks like the eponymous track and even on "Easy", in which the elegant Natasha Bedingfield contributes guest vocals.
We've got the up-tempo feel good songs. We've got the slower paced lovelorn tracks that tug the heartstrings. Anything missing" Ahh, yes, the mid tempo songs that balance everything out. Rascal Flatts puts a touch of both sentimentality and feel good rhythm into mid tempo tunes such as "They Try" and "Summer Young". Both of these tracks take lightened moods to describe what the group can just as easily do on "Nothing Like This", "Easy" and their smash hit ballad "I Won't Let Go." All throughout this record, the group shows a bit of freshness that admittedly was once lacking. Even on their 2000 genesis and the soulful "Melt" effort from 2002, while fresh and nonconforming to other acts, there was a little dimension missing to make already good music great.
Long story short, Rascal Flatts gives you everything but the kitchen sink with this album.