Feels Like Today

Feels Like Today

4.8 20
by Rascal Flatts
     
 
Country vocal trio Rascal Flatts bring some extra urgency to their third album, Feels Like Today -- an intensity evident from the first acoustic guitar strums on the thumping album opener, "Where You Are." Steel guitars and mandolins lend a country flavor to several songs, but there's a decided rock tenor this time around, suggesting that the positive messages

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Country vocal trio Rascal Flatts bring some extra urgency to their third album, Feels Like Today -- an intensity evident from the first acoustic guitar strums on the thumping album opener, "Where You Are." Steel guitars and mandolins lend a country flavor to several songs, but there's a decided rock tenor this time around, suggesting that the positive messages here needed some extra octane. As the rest of the disc unfolds, the group's strengths become more pronounced. Lead singer Gary LeVox's reedy vocals are even more affecting than they were on last year's Melt, and when he joins his mates -- Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney -- in harmony, the blend of voices is irresistible. On the gospel-rock fusion "Bless the Broken Road," a melody reminiscent of Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis" soars as the fellows raise their voices in a mid-tempo celebration of love sought, found, and treasured. The anthemic "Feels Like Today" tells a story of personal rebirth in a glorious arrangement that incorporates keening strings and a cooing female chorus buttressing the band's propulsive thrust and urgent harmonizing. The death of a friend is the impetus for a determined vow to live life to the fullest on the roiling rocker "When the Sand Runs Out," just as the arrival of true love in "The Day Before You" spurs a buoyant hosanna rich in booming drums, tasty electric guitar interjections, and layered, heartfelt harmonizing. All Rascal Flatts' hallmarks -- strong messages, fiery instrumental work, and deeply committed vocalizing -- are in abundant evidence here, making Feels Like Today feel like a winner.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rascal Flatts are such nice guys that it's hard not to find their music rather endearing, even if it's drifting ever further toward the middle of the road. On their debut -- highlighted by their breakthrough hit single "Prayin' for Daylight," a cheerful, infectiously low-key country-pop tune that remains their best moment -- there was a hint of a looseness to their performances, a suggestion that for as tasteful as the band was, they weren't too reserved. Bit by bit, that looseness has been refined, and the group has unapologetically wound up in the middle of the road by the time of their third album, 2004's Feels Like Today. Since they always traveled close to the center, this isn't a huge change, but it is noticeable one, because the tempos don't change as much, the dynamics are muted, and the album consists almost entirely of ballads. There isn't anything as effervescent as "Prayin' for Daylight," then, nor is there anything that's truly memorable as a single, but the guys sure are likeable, even when they're singing unabashedly formulaic adult pop music that has only a hint of country to it. And that likability goes a long way, making Feels Like Today a good, relaxing listen, even if it's a shade closer to background music than it needs to be.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Lyric Street
UPC:
0720616504920
catalogNumber:
165049
Rank:
12967

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rascal Flatts   Primary Artist
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ
Steve Nathan   Piano,Hammond Organ
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Jonathan Yudkin   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Strings,Octophone
Tim Akers   Synthesizer,Accordion,Keyboards
Jay DeMarcus   Bass,Background Vocals
Larry Beaird   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Joe Don Rooney   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Randy Cantor   Composer
Jeff Hanna   Composer
Marcus Hummon   Composer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Steve Robson   Composer
Marty Williams   Producer,Engineer
Jonathan Yudkin   Composer,String Arrangements
Mark Bright   Producer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Sherri Halford   Art Direction
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Jay DeMarcus   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Brad Crisler   Composer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Rascal Flatts   Producer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Joe Don Rooney   Composer
Gary LeVox   Composer
Bart Morris   Engineer
Catt Gravitt   Composer
Gregory Becker   Composer
James LeBlanc   Composer
Matthew West   Composer
John Paul White   Composer

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Feels Like Today 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Rascal Flatts is a rare find in the tin can country music scene. The album is extremely enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
RASCAL FLATTS HAVE OUT DONE THEMSELVES WITH "FEELS LIKE TODAY". THIS IS ONE OF THEIR BEST CD'S EVER.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is full of great songs and all the Rascal Flatts harmonies that made this band famous. I have never purchased any of Rascal Flatts other cds but I have always loved their songs and just loved the song "Feels Like Today" so I bought this one. I was not disappointed! The harmonies are perfect and the cd has a good blend of ballads and upbeat tempos. But even though the songs highlight all the best of Rascal Flatts, it isn't formulaic or predictable. Overall, this cd is a wonderful example of Rascal Flatts range and talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD! My brother got it for me for my 15th birthday. I have thier first two CDs and I love the way they sound together. I also love the hidden track on this CD..it is a beautiful song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD a few months ago and I cannot get enough of it! It is that good. Rscal Flatts have got to be one of my all time farvorite bands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is really great. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never been a huge fan of Rascal Flatts and I probably never will be. But, my favorite song is "Bless The Broken Road", by them, and it's just so beautiful and heartwarming and meaningful. I like a few other songs on this CD also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok...this is coming from a girl who's primary Music is alternative,Rock,and Metal. but i got into country music in late 2004 and i havent been able to stop listening. Rascal Flatts quicky became of my favorite groups. "Feels Like Today" is one of the best albums ever! I've listened to it till i had to by another copy...i wore it out! This is one of the few cds that i can listen to all the way through and not have any desire to skip songs. Every song is great. The Title track turned me onto them, and i've been hooked ever since... get this album if you already havent....
lazzlin More than 1 year ago
Amazing vibrant recordings of good country songs. This was a gift for my 13 yr. old daughter. She loves it so much that we have now scheduled ourselves for a Rascal Flatts concert next month!
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