by Rascal Flatts


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The change alluded to in the title of Rascal Flatts' Changed refers to the trio's embrace of self-production of its eighth album, but longtime followers and casual observers alike can be forgiven for thinking nothing is different here. Like any of Rascal Flatts' records, Changed is a smooth machine pumping out arena-country anthems and power ballads, interrupted by the occasional silly novelty or platform-jumping crossover. Here, they're not rubbing elbows with the likes of Natasha Bedingfield -- the British diva who didn't help the group break through in the U.K., but their "Easy" did reach the U.S. Adult Contemporary Top 20, which admittedly isn't foreign territory for Rascal Flatts -- and they've toned down the brightness that gave 2010's Nothing Like This some cheer, a subdued shift that's evident even on goofy roof-raising party tunes like "Banjo" (or "Friday" on its expanded Deluxe Edition; regrettably, it is not a Rebecca Black cover). Changed marches to a deliberate beat, the tempos shifting only slightly when things get either insistent or gentle, the group layering its harmonies heavily on both the soft and loud numbers, giving every cut a candied gloss. Taken in one sitting, this can be too sweet, but that's largely due to that unwavering beat and how it makes everything blend together, with the melodies not being quite strong enough to give the slickness definition. Which isn't to say that there aren't songs that announce themselves, in ways both good (the cool assured adult contemporary pulse of "Hot in Here") and bad (the repetition of "She's Leaving" is an instant irritation), but Changed always errs on the side of caution. And perhaps that says a lot about Rascal Flatts: when left to their own devices, they take fewer risks than usual.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
Label: Big Machine Records
UPC: 0843930006175
catalogNumber: 0200
Rank: 64581

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rascal Flatts   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Robbie Buchanan   Piano
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Dann Huff   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Chris McHugh   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Accordion,Cello,Viola
Jay DeMarcus   Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joe Don Rooney   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Gary LeVox   Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin
Travis Toy   Banjo,Steel Guitar
Jeneé Fleenor   Fiddle
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,Strings,Keyboards,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Marti Frederiksen   Composer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Jay DeMarcus   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Kelley Lovelace   Composer
Jason Sellers   Composer
Jimmy Yeary   Composer
Rascal Flatts   Producer
Joe Don Rooney   Composer
Gary LeVox   Composer
Sean Neff   Programming,Engineer
David Huff   Programming
Sean McConnell   Composer
Caitlyn Smith   Composer
Becky Reiser   Graphic Design
Whitney Sutton   Copy Coordination
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Nathan Chapman   Composer
Johan Fransson   Composer
Tobias Lundgren   Composer
Tim Larsson   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
Charlie Judge   Programming
Paul Jenkins   Composer
Kelly Lovelace   Composer

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Changed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Book-Maniac-333 More than 1 year ago
Completely amazing! I loved this album! It's exactly what I love about Rascal Flatts, Changed is totally one of their best albums!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago