13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Country artist Thomas Rhett can sing and play guitar, sure—but that’s nearly all he has in common with the style's traditions. Instead, Tangled Up is a jubilant, Southern-steeped mish-mash of every imaginable type of party music. Skittering, trappy hi-hats underpin Rhett's playful twang on the EDM-styled “Anthem”; house and disco-pop flourishes light up "Tangled"; "Vacation" is a groovy War-meets-P!NK ringer; and brassy, funky NOLA jazz gives "South Side" its oomph. It's is such a wonderfully fun, all-over-the-place dance party that the actual country songs are its most confounding—yet still gorgeous—moments.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Country artist Thomas Rhett can sing and play guitar, sure—but that’s nearly all he has in common with the style's traditions. Instead, Tangled Up is a jubilant, Southern-steeped mish-mash of every imaginable type of party music. Skittering, trappy hi-hats underpin Rhett's playful twang on the EDM-styled “Anthem”; house and disco-pop flourishes light up "Tangled"; "Vacation" is a groovy War-meets-P!NK ringer; and brassy, funky NOLA jazz gives "South Side" its oomph. It's is such a wonderfully fun, all-over-the-place dance party that the actual country songs are its most confounding—yet still gorgeous—moments.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
1.4K Ratings
1.4K Ratings
btp243 ,

Who Cares If It's "Country" or "Pop?"

Why does an artist have to be one and only one genre? Stop trying to box him in and let him make the music he wants. If you're not a fan of the new direction, that's fine...go find someone else more traditional for your tiny little closed mind.

RedSox4Life15 ,

Nope. I can't do it. I give up.

I never review albums before they come out but then I heard Vacation. I can't believe that anyone could hear that song and say, "yeah let's put that on a country album." It's not just a poor excuse for a country song, it's just a bad song period.
I like to think there are artists that wouldn't give in to the new direction country music is headed, following in the footsteps of Luke and FGL, but I'm slowly seeing all of them fall prey to the new trend in Nashville. For example, Lee Brice, Jake Owen and now Thomas are all just giving in to what the new "country" is. We need outlaws back in country music, artist who'll say "screw ya'll I'm making my music the way I want to make it." Right now the only artist coming out of Nashville doing that completely is Eric Church.

True_Sconnie ,

Just When You Think It Can't Get Worse

Just when you thought modern "country" music couldn't get any worse, Crash and Burn hit radio. I was really hoping that this first single was an anomaly, that it was just Rhett's way of experimenting on one song, but upon listening to "Vacation" and seeing the names of artists that Thomas Rhett is duetting with, it is clear that he is going all in on R&B and Pop. Now I have no problem with that, what I have a problem with is Thomas Rhett (and not to mention numerous other mainstream artists) marketing this garbage, watered down pop music as country. There is not one aspect of country music in this cd. Not in the lyrics, not in the instrumentation, and certainly not in the auto tune. It's music like this that is killing the genre. And don't give me that line about country music "evolving", evolution works on what is there and changes gradually through time, evolution doesn't destroy the foundation upon which it was built and throw together a conglomeration of completely dissimilar aspects (i.e. It doesn't abandon the basic fundamental groundwork of country music completely to adopt drum loops, electronic beats, and auto tune).

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