Posted on: May 6, 2021 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

Thomas Rhett is back.  

The pop-country superstar released his 6th album, “Country Again: Side A” last weekend featuring 8 new singles, a duet, and the billboard top 50 track titled “What’s Your Country Song.”

Every Thomas Rhett song tells a story. “Die a Happy Man” entrenches us in the love Rhett has for his wife, Lauren Akins. “Marry Me” tells an emotional rollercoaster of a story in which Rhett vocalizes a man in despair due to his girl best friend, the love of his life, marrying elsewhere. The track walks us through these feelings of despair, only for the girl to realize the love he has for her is reciprocated. The heartwarming music video is some of Rhett’s best work. 

“Country Again: Side A” is no different. The 11 tracks take us through all facets of life, past and present. One of the most important attributes a recording artist can attain is the ability to connect with fans through music. Rhett’s lyrics provoke emotion and thoughtfulness. His words capture the ups and downs of everyday life, and takes listeners back to their roots.

The album’s opening song is titled “Want It Again,” centered around a man who is no longer with a girl, but hopes she “comes back to him one day.” The track has a soft-flowing rhythm to it, with much of the instrumental work being done on guitar. The verses are parallel not with words, but in tune. The chorus carries an easy beat to sing along, and the girl eventually finding her way back to said man makes for a great tale.

The second, and a front-runner for my favorite on the album helps us recognize the varying stages of life. “Growing Up” tells the story of the title. We all get to a point where it’s time to “grow up,” but Rhett reminds us this doesn’t mean we have to change who we are. He sings “In a lot of ways I’m still the kid I was, just a little less Jack in my Coke.” It’s easy to get lost in the adult world; work, bills, families. “Growing Up” is a reminder to always put a little Jack in your Coke. If you’re of legal age, of course.

As pop music continues to be heard in country songs, some have deemed this new era as “fake country.” The third track, “What’s Your Country Song,” tells us that country music can be whatever we want it to be. Rhett urges listeners to find meaning in country songs, and recognize how lyrics can resonate in our own lives.

“Where We Grew Up” takes us back to Rhett’s youth. Rhett grew up in southern Georgia, where we live vicariously through this song. He vividly describes the atmosphere he remembers as a kid: “Home country music, baseball diamonds, finding us a fishin’ hole.” Simple, memorable things most of us can recall from our own childhoods.

The fifth track tugs on our emotional side. Nearly a decade ago, one of Rhett’s best friends Hunter tragically passed away. “Heaven Right Now” is a dedication to Hunter, centered around Rhett wondering “what [she’s] doing in heaven right now.” The lyrics are portrayed as a conversation between Rhett and his late friend, where Rhett wonders what heaven is like and highlights his curiously on afterlife. “Are you fishing? Are you flying? How much greener is the grass? Are you older, are you younger, have you met Johnny Cash?”

Track six is a father’s delight. “To The Guys That Date My Girls” is vintage Thomas Rhett. Rhett’s three daughters are the center of his entire world, and Rhett makes sure the guys who date his girls know how to treat them.

“More Time Fishin'” is indeed centered around Rhett’s desire to fish, but the meaning goes deeper. Rhett says “You can spend your whole life tryin’ to make a killing, but what’s it all worth without a little living?” The lyric really makes us think; am I allowing myself to enjoy life? We’re made to believe life is nothing but making a living when in reality we need to let ourselves loose and have fun. The song has an upbeat, dance-along rhythm to it. One of those songs you’d be happy to roll your windows down and sing-along to. I recommend adding this one to your summer playlist.

As much as we all want to be Hollywood superstars, the limelight can get the best of some of these individuals. The busy schedules, obligations, and fame can be overwhelming. But for the past year through the pandemic, celebrities haven’t had as many obligations, leaving more time with family back in their hometowns. In “Country Again,” Rhett describes his appreciation for the opportunity to spend time in the place that matters most to him. “I love me some California, but there ain’t nothing like Tennessee. Rhett’s country roots shine bright here.

“Put It On Ice” has the potential to be one of the hottest songs of the summer. The description can be implied from the title. I’ll let you create your own.

“Blame It On A Backroad” is a feel-good, groovy tune that’s perfect to rock to after a long work week. Add this one to your driving playlist.

The last song on “Country Again: Side A” is “Ya Heard.” This can be described as a sequel to “Life Changes,” the title of Rhett’s 2017 album. This song gives man update to everything Rhett dreamed to have in his life. According to an interview conducted by The Valory Music Company, the song competes with “Want it Again” for her favorite song on the album.

I’m going to give Thomas Rhett’s new album an 8 out of 10. The tunes are addicting, the lyrics are meaningful, and getting insight into Rhett’s life helps fans get to know who he really is. Thomas Rhett is a top-5 bucket list concert to see.