Me and My Gang [Bonus Track]

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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 of 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. [This 2006 edition contains one bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2006
  • Label: Lyric Street
  • UPC: 720616507525
  • Catalog Number: 165075
  • Sales rank: 643

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 (4:40)
  14. 14 Life Is a Highway (7:08)
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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
David Davidson Violin
Connie Ellisor Violin
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Armen Garabedian Violin
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Dann Huff Guitar
Charles Judge Keyboards
Peter Kent Violin
Chris McHugh Drums
Gordon Mote Piano, Keyboards
Russ Pahl Steel Guitar
Darrell Scott Mandolin
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Josefina Vergara Violin
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Lonnie Wilson Drums
John Wittenberg Violin
Jonathan Yudkin Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello
Suzie Katayama Cello
Tim Akers Accordion, Keyboards
Jay DeMarcus Bass
Jim Riley Drums
Howard Duck Keyboards
Tom Bukovac Guitar
Roberto Cani Violin
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen Cello
Joe Don Rooney Guitar
Jonathan Trebing Guitar
Alyssa Park Violin
Travis Toy Steel Guitar
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Tom Cochrane Composer
Jeff Balding Engineer
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Mark Hagen Engineer
Dann Huff Producer, Audio Production
Charles Judge String Arrangements, String Conductor
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
Rascal Flatts Audio Production
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

    Rascal Flatts CD

    This CD has a song for everyone! From the party songs such as Me and My Gang to wonderful ballads such as My Wish or What hurts the most. This CD is truly one of the best! These guys have topped the charts and for good reason! Buy this CD, and you wont be sorry! Enjoy!

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent CD for Rascal Flatts fans

    I am a HUGE Rascal Flatts fan, and I enjoy their music. I would encourage all fans to at least preview it. The songs are great. Every time I hear them, I get excited. It's definitely something for all fans of all ages!

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