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The same elements that drove Rascal Flatts' single "What Hurts the Most" straight up the charts -- close, emotionally heated harmonizing by lead singer Gary LeVox and his compadres Jay Demarcus and Joe Don Rooney, and a triumphant, soaring power ballad arrangement -- fuel the party on the accompanying album, Me and My Gang. The LeVox-Darmarcus-Rooney triumvirate have already chalked up crossover plaudits for their work producing Chicago's new XXX, and this fourth Flatts long-player features them behind the board as well, along with the formidable Dan Huff. So it's another leap forward for the group, shaping and directing their own music, working some interesting ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The same elements that drove Rascal Flatts' single "What Hurts the Most" straight up the charts -- close, emotionally heated harmonizing by lead singer Gary LeVox and his compadres Jay Demarcus and Joe Don Rooney, and a triumphant, soaring power ballad arrangement -- fuel the party on the accompanying album, Me and My Gang. The LeVox-Darmarcus-Rooney triumvirate have already chalked up crossover plaudits for their work producing Chicago's new XXX, and this fourth Flatts long-player features them behind the board as well, along with the formidable Dan Huff. So it's another leap forward for the group, shaping and directing their own music, working some interesting variations on their basic formula, but never diminishing their clear commitment to the music and the messages. Not immune to heartbreak but prone to taking a sunnier view, the fellows offer a textbook course in recovering pride and dignity after being dumped in the thumping "Stand" and examine the life-affirming aspects of love and relationships in both the anthem-like love letter "To Make Her Love Me" and the tender, guitar-driven ballad "My Wish." String-rich and keyed by weeping pedal steel, the wrenching "Words I Couldn't Say" features an emotional lead vocal by LeVox that is quickly joined by DeMarcus and Rooney's smooth support in bringing home the story of the one that got away. A clever, toe-tapping honky-tonk workout in the Brooks & Dunn-style "Backwards" and a funky, stuttering country rocker, "Me and My Gang," provide an exhilarating, energizing contrast to the navel gazing treatises. It all adds up to rich listening experience -- a commonplace occurrence when this group convenes.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ever since their eponymous 2000 debut there has been more pop than country in Rascal Flatts' contemporary country-pop, but with each subsequent record the trio has been drifting slowly, steadily toward outright adult pop, which is where they arrive on their fourth album, 2006's Me and My Gang. Discounting the steel guitar that's used occasionally as tonal coloring, the most country song here is the jokey "Backwards," which blatantly and proudly recycles the old joke of "what happens when you play a country record backwards?" the punch line is "Ya get your house back/Ya get your dog back," etc. -- although it is a little strange that in this version ya get your best friend Jack back before your wife. This isn't a complaint, just a matter of fact: while some country-pop does place equal emphasis on country, Rascal Flatts makes pop music for mature audiences under the guise of country, partially because pop music doesn't have much room for adults anymore. Not that Rascal Flatts are always serious -- there's the aforementioned "Backwards," but also the silly title track where the boys try to domesticate Big & Rich's outsized swagger by simplifying it, singing "la la la" on the bridge and throwing in a talk box guitar stolen from Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" -- but they do not make any concessions to sounding young, which does make them kind of unique among mainstream groups of any kind in 2006. Furthermore, Rascal Flatts are good at this kind of thing: they choose their material well, pick the right musicians and producers, and turn out appealing slick music that sounds good even when the songs themselves are kind of forgettable. And there are some forgettable tunes here, too -- there are also those that are memorable in their mawkishness, like "Ellsworth," which attempts to create a portrait a grandma losing her mind but is undone by its clunky heavy-handedness "Grandma burned the biscuits/Nearly took the house down with it/Now she's in assisted livin'/We all knew that day would come" -- but as a whole, Me and My Gang holds together well, since the slower moments glide by on the same smooth, glistening surface as the tunes that catch hold, like the single "What Hurts Most." There are no great surprises here -- well, apart from the vague reggae rhythm that fuels "Yes I Do" -- but there are no disappointments, either. Rascal Flatts continue to deliver exactly what their fans have come to love and expect, and that's a virtue, since it is hard for pop groups of any stripe to be both consistent and reliable, which is exactly what the trio proves they are with this solid-as-a-rock fourth album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Lyric Street
  • UPC: 720616505828
  • Catalog Number: 165058

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stand (3:28)
  2. 2 What Hurts the Most (3:34)
  3. 3 Backwards (3:48)
  4. 4 I Feel Bad (3:18)
  5. 5 My Wish (4:08)
  6. 6 Pieces (4:07)
  7. 7 Yes I Do (4:16)
  8. 8 To Make Her Love Me (4:08)
  9. 9 Words I Couldn't Say (4:35)
  10. 10 Me and My Gang (3:37)
  11. 11 Cool Thing (3:51)
  12. 12 Ellsworth (4:01)
  13. 13 He Ain't the Leavin' Kind (7:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rascal Flatts Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Bruce Bouton Steel Guitar
Larry Corbett Cello
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Armen Garabedian Violin
Dann Huff Guitar
Charles Judge Keyboards
Peter Kent Violin
Chris McHugh Drums
Gordon Mote Piano, Keyboards
Russ Pahl Steel Guitar
Josefina Vergara Violin
Lonnie Wilson Drums
John Wittenberg Violin
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Mandolin
Suzie Katayama Cello
Tim Akers Accordion, Keyboards
Jay DeMarcus Bass
Jim Riley Drums
Howard Duck Keyboards
Tom Bukovac Guitar
Roberto Cani Violin
Joe Don Rooney Guitar
Jonathan Trebing Guitar
Alyssa Park Violin
Travis Toy Steel Guitar
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Jeff Balding Engineer
Mark Hagen Engineer
Dann Huff Producer
Mills Logan Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Monty Powell Composer
Steve Robson Composer
Chris Rowe Digital Editing
Neil Thrasher Composer
Sherri Halford Art Direction
Jeffrey Steele Composer
Jay DeMarcus Composer
Wendell Mobley Composer
Jon Stone Composer
Dino Hermann Digital Editing
Jason Sellers Composer
Blair Daly Composer
Michael Dulaney Composer
Jimmy Yeary Composer
Greg McCarn Art Direction
Glenn Sweitzer Art Direction
Joe Don Rooney Composer
Gary LeVox Composer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Wally Wilson Composer
Gregory Becker Composer
Tony Mullins Composer
Danny Orton Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good but Not Great

    Rascal Flatts are a great brand for two reasons: they make excellent music which sounds melodic, does justice to the instruments, and is powerful and they sing meaningful, moving, intelligent lyrics. This CD has the first criterion in the bag but seriously lacks on the second. The words for the first 7-8 songs are just a little mundane, and the song "Backwards" is just plain stupid. Lyrically the CD only picks up in the last four songs. "Me and My Gang" is a fun song despite the bad grammar, "Ellsworth" is moving beyond description, "Cool Thing" is a fine summer romance, and "He Ain't the Leavin' Kind" polishes off the CD with a poignant song lamenting our nation's wayward ways but offering hope nonetheless. Whereas the CD "Melt" pushed the envelope with its risque title track, this CD (with the exception of its title track--fun, thumping, and festive) adds not much more than a pleasant group of ordinary, melodic songs to your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely Rascal Flatts' best yet!

    This CD is amazing. You really can't go wrong with it there is a song for every mood and every person on here. My favourite has to be "Cool Thing". I like "Stand", "What Hurts The Most", "Words I Couldn't Say", and the title track, "Me & My Gang" as well. =) Well worth the time and money to get it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I have always loved the Rascal Flatts and eagerly awaited their new album - I was NOT disappointed!!!! This album is amazing, with the star tracks 'What Hurts the Most', 'To Make Her Love Me' and 'I Feel Bad'. This is one of those albums that you can buy and truly listen to and love every single song. I highly recommend - I would rate this as RF's best effort yet!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Rascal Flatts album yet!

    The boys are definitely more polished and mature in this album. Along with the single "What Hurts the Most", the majority of the rest of their songs on this release are also about lost love. It is a very touching album and contains some very personal writing (with a shout out to my Ohio State Univ. in track 11!) This is a must buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS CD IS GOOD.

    I just got this cd the day after it came out my friend got the cd the day it came out she said that when she went to go get the cd that there where only three copies left way to go to all of the rascall flatts for going out and buying this cd they totally rock.joanna.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good CD

    This is a great cd with great harmonies, not to mention great music. I like the songs that are on this cd. I like "What Hurts the Most" because it just moves me in an emotional way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Memories

    I was turned on to your music through American Idol last year with Carrie Underwood. I just love the new CD and "Ellsworth." It brings back wonderful memories of a grandmother who recently died of Alzheimers. Fan forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rascal Flatts Rocks!!!

    I loved the Feels Like Today CD and even though I've only heard one song from this CD so far, I know it's going to rock!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forget this one, not worth the money at all

    I have heard most of the songs on this album and trust me this is one you should pass on. There is really nothing country about this album. This is defintley the poorest of their albums and the title track they should be ashamed to have recorded that piece of trash. Leave this one on the shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rascal Flatts are today's superstars of Country Music

    I think that the Rascal Flatts "Me and My Gang" CD is going to be the most listened to CD in country Music they really sent out a message with "I'm Moving On" and they are going to do the same thing with "What Hurst The Most" Rascal Flatts are so energetig when they are prefroming too so it makes people want to listen to their music!!! Keep up the Great Work Guy's

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keep up the good work

    I truly love the guys and their new cd. I just saw them in concert and they sang most of their new songs and they were wonderful.Keep up the good work guys. Best wishes to your next cd. Your #1 fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING

    wow! can't believe that person left a bad review! This album is the farthest thing from trash!!! EVERY song is good! If you loved their other albums, you'll fall in love with this one as well.It's my fav so far! And i've already listened to this album like a million times all the way through...it gets better and better each time! It's AWESOME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY GOOD GUYS!!!!

    This CD by far is their best one yet!!! Every song on the CD has a special message and it is GREAT!!

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