Still Feels Good

Still Feels Good

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by Rascal Flatts
     
 

Carrie Underwood's favorite group -- country-pop trio Rascal Flatts -- look to top their quadruple-platinum Me and My Gang. Still Feels Good features "Take Me There," the single cowritten by Kenny Chesney.See more details below

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Carrie Underwood's favorite group -- country-pop trio Rascal Flatts -- look to top their quadruple-platinum Me and My Gang. Still Feels Good features "Take Me There," the single cowritten by Kenny Chesney.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Proving that nice guys do indeed finish first, Rascal Flatts fought off all challengers with their fourth record, Me and My Gang, turning it into the biggest-selling album of 2006 that wasn't High School Musical. Me and My Gang wasn't a smash hit because it was risky; it was a smash hit because it was friendly, appealing to as broad an audience as possible, the very qualities that Rascal Flatts has turned into a badge of honor during the course of their immensely successful but low-key career. Few bands have had such success without quite being noticed: the trio is so cheerfully average, they never seem like stars, nor do they seem recognizable even after regular CMT rotation and stacks of rewards. Such near-anonymity works for the band and helps give their music a universal appeal, and if that approach has been resoundingly popular, well, why mess with success? Rascal Flatts nearly acknowledges as much with the title to their 2007 follow-up to Me and My Gang, Still Feels Good. After all, if the formula ain't broken, why bother messing with it? And the band doesn't mess with it at all, unless the very vague rap of "Bob That Head" -- more Toby Keith's "Let's Talk About Us" than Cowboy Troy -- could be counted, for even the Jamie Foxx cameo on "She Goes All the Way" slides by relatively unnoticed. Foxx's inexplicable presence is the most overt signal that Still Feels Good is more pop than country, a criticism leveled against Rascal Flatts for some time now, and one they keep shrugging off because they do adult pop quite well. They continue to do this easy, smooth sound well, but increasingly they're doing it without distinction. Everything on Still Feels Good sounds fine -- the uptempo tunes are bouncy without being sprightly, the ballads are sweet without being too sappy -- but few songs jump out and grab attention. The first single, "Take Me There," is a gently pulsating pop tune, "Here" has a surging chorus ideal for both arenas and offices, "No Reins" vaguely sounds like Pat Benatar's "Shadows of the Night," "Bob That Head" rocks the party mildly, "Help Me Remember" is a textbook power ballad, while "It's Not Supposed to Go Like That" reveals a semblance of a social conscious. All of these ever so slightly stand out from the rest, but they also all settle into a soft mosaic of smooth pop that is as soothing as a warm bath. It's something that may be cozy, but it's not quite memorable, but based on the album's relentlessly relaxing vibe, Rascal Flatts isn't all that concerned about being anything more than easygoing guys next door. In other words, they're once again the most normal stars in either country or pop, but Still Feels Good suggests that there's not only a fine line between ordinary and dull, but that the group is on the verge of crossing it.
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
The new Rascal Flatts album, Still Feels Good, confirms what fans already know: These guys sound great when they raise their eyebrows and wail.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Lyric Street
UPC:
0050087104504
catalogNumber:
000038402
Rank:
90187

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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
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Dann Huff   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Charles Judge   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Loops,Lap Steel Guitar
Roland Kato   Viola
Chris McHugh   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards
Josefina Vergara   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Jay DeMarcus   Bass,Piano
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Oscar Hidalgo   Bass
Joe Don Rooney   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alyssa Park   Violin
Michele Richards   Violin

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Kenny Chesney   Composer
Mark Hagen   Engineer,overdub engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
Charles Judge   Programming,String Arrangements
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Charles Paakkari   Digital Editing
Monty Powell   Composer
Steve Robson   Composer
Chris Rowe   Digital Editing
Allen Sides   Engineer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Sherri Halford   Art Direction
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Jay DeMarcus   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Jimmy Yeary   Composer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Joe Don Rooney   Composer
Gary LeVox   Composer
Adam Ayan   Mastering
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Bobby Pinson   Composer
Gregory Becker   Composer
Don Mescall   Composer
Alissa Moreno   Composer
Ashley Heron   Art Direction
Luke Laird   Composer

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