October 13, 2007
When the music first started, I seriously thought this was the Pointer Sisters kicking off “Slow Hand”, steel guitar be damned. Tailor-made for a “Hot AC remix”, this is pure late seventies/early eighties pop. They do it reasonably well for what it is, but music made with elevators in mind doesn’t resonate for long. Heck, you’re forgetting it while it’s still on.
In a sense, Rascal Flatts are the winners at a losing game right now, being the top-selling country artist in a time when that means selling four million albums instead of eight or ten million. Maybe it’s understandable that they’re dominating at retail with the same style of country that won Lee Greenwood and Janie Fricke CMA trophies. Hey, George Strait, Reba McEntire and The Judds were all breaking through back then. Maybe Rascal Flatts is the last hurrah of pop-country as another new traditionalist movement gathers its bearings?
Listen: Winner at a Losing Game