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.

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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Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5

1356 Ratings

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

btp243,

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.

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

RedSox4Life15,

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.

About Thomas Rhett

Georgia-born singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett, the son of award-winning country crooner Rhett Akins, didn't seriously start considering following in his father's footsteps until his senior year in high school. Raised on a steady diet of Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones, Rhett inked a publishing deal with EMI just two years into his college career, and landed a song ("I Ain't Ready to Quit") on fellow country-rocker Jason Aldean's 2010 release, My Kind of Party. Like Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, and Justin Moore, Rhett splits the difference between slick contemporary country and rowdy good-time rock & roll, an equation he put to the test on his 2011 debut single, "Something to Do with My Hands." An EP, simply called Thomas Rhett, appeared early in 2013, and later that year his debut full-length, It Goes Like This, arrived. The album reached number six on the Billboard 200 and the Top 30 in Canada on the strength of the Top Ten Country hit singles "It Goes Like This," "Get Me Some of That," and "Make Me Wanna," all of which topped Billboard's Country Airplay chart. Led by the single "Crash and Burn," which reached number one on Billboard's Country Airplay chart and number two on the Hot Country chart, Rhett's sophomore album, Tangled Up, appeared in September 2015. Thanks to the lead single "Crash and Burn," the number one smash "Die a Happy Man," and "T-Shirt," Tangled Up turned into a big hit that stayed on the charts into 2016. That year, a deluxe edition of the album appeared, featuring the single "Star of the Show," which went into the Top Ten as well. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Valdosta, GA
  • GENRE
    Country
  • BORN
    March 30, 1990

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