Thomas Rhett | Country Again (Side A) Review
By Tom Faddis
Thomas Rhett is back with his fifth studio album titled Country Again (Side A). The ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year says the album “is a lot of nostalgia and a lot of reflection, but rooted in the here and now, and in the work-in-progress of the man I am today. It’s things about life that I wanted to say at 19 years old, but I hadn’t even begun to gain the experience to know exactly what those things were or how to say them. In that regard, this album was 11 years in the making.”
“Want It Again” has a relaxed acoustic guitar figure that supports Rhett’s warm and resonating voice. The vocal layers add depth and support. The production is excellent, and the acoustic instruments are richly recorded. With singing pedal steel and light drums, the song is always supporting Rhett’s vocals. A beautiful opening to the eleven-song set.
“Country Again” is a heart-felt song celebrating the ‘country’ way of life and the joy of getting back to that way of life. Rhett’s songwriting and singing are strong, and the genuine nature of the lyric shines through. The violin is beautiful during the solo, and the vocal harmonies at the end are gorgeous. With just a touch of pop-country, “Country Again” will undoubtedly be a crowd-pleaser.
Country Again (Side A) is a strong outing for Rhett; the songs are memorable, the melodies fit his style and delivery, and the instruments are supportive and sound ‘country.’ Rhett is a songwriter’s songwriter, as he has written singles for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line, LoCash, and Michael Ray, among others. On Country Again (Side A), Rhett sounds strong doing his thing, and the album is like a cold beer on a hot summer’s day, refreshing.
Label: The Valory Music Co.
Release Date: April 30, 2021