Me and My Gang [Bonus Track]

Me and My Gang [Bonus Track]

by Rascal FlattsRascal Flatts

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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Ever since their eponymous 2000 debut there has been more pop than country in Rascal Flatts' contemporary country-pop, but with each subsequent record the trio has been drifting slowly, steadily toward outright adult pop, which is where they arrive on their fourth album, 2006's Me and My Gang. Discounting the steel guitar that's used occasionally as tonal coloring, the most country song here is the jokey "Backwards," which blatantly (and proudly) recycles the old joke of "what happens when you play a country record backwards?" (the punch line is "Ya get your house back/Ya get your dog back," etc. -- although it is a little strange that in this version ya get your best friend Jack back before your wife). This isn't a complaint, just a matter of fact: while some country-pop does place equal emphasis on country, Rascal Flatts makes pop music for mature audiences under the guise of country, partially because pop music doesn't have much room for adults anymore. Not that Rascal Flatts are always serious -- there's the aforementioned "Backwards," but also the silly title track where the boys try to domesticate Big & Rich's outsized swagger by simplifying it, singing "la la la" on the bridge and throwing in a talk box guitar stolen from Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" -- but they do not make any concessions to sounding young, which does make them kind of unique among mainstream groups of any kind in 2006. Furthermore, Rascal Flatts are good at this kind of thing: they choose their material well, pick the right musicians and producers, and turn out appealing slick music that sounds good even when the songs themselves are kind of forgettable. And there are some forgettable tunes here, too -- there are also those that are memorable in their mawkishness, like "Ellsworth," which attempts to create a portrait of a grandma losing her mind but is undone by its clunky heavy-handedness ("Grandma burned the biscuits/Nearly took the house down with it/Now she's in assisted livin'/We all knew that day would come") -- but as a whole, Me and My Gang holds together well, since the slower moments glide by on the same smooth, glistening surface as the tunes that catch hold, like the single "What Hurts Most." There are no great surprises here -- well, apart from the vague reggae rhythm that fuels "Yes I Do" -- but there are no disappointments, either. Rascal Flatts continue to deliver exactly what their fans have come to love and expect, and that's a virtue, since it is hard for pop groups of any stripe to be both consistent and reliable, which is exactly what the trio proves they are with this solid-as-a-rock fourth album. [This 2006 edition contains one bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2006
Label: Lyric Street
UPC: 0720616507525
catalogNumber: 165075
Rank: 10632


  1. Stand
  2. What Hurts the Most
  3. Backwards
  4. I Feel Bad
  5. My Wish
  6. Pieces
  7. Yes I Do
  8. To Make Her Love Me
  9. Words I Couldn't Say
  10. Me and My Gang
  11. Cool Thing
  12. Ellsworth
  13. He Ain't the Leavin' Kind
  14. Life Is a Highway

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rascal Flatts   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Larry Corbett   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Dann Huff   Guitar
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Peter Kent   Violin
Chris McHugh   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Darrell Scott   Mandolin
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
John Wittenberg   Violin
Jonathan Yudkin   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Cello
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Tim Akers   Accordion,Keyboards
Jay DeMarcus   Bass
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Cello
Jim Riley   Drums
Howard Duck   Keyboards
Tom Bukovac   Guitar
Roberto Cani   Violin
Joe Don Rooney   Guitar
Jonathan Trebing   Guitar
Alyssa Park   Violin
Travis Toy   Steel Guitar
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Mario de León   Violin

Technical Credits

Tom Cochrane   Composer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer,Audio Production
Charles Judge   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Mills Logan   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Monty Powell   Composer
Steve Robson   Composer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Sherri Halford   Art Direction
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Jay DeMarcus   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Jon Stone   Composer
Jason Sellers   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Jimmy Yeary   Composer
Greg McCarn   Art Direction
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Rascal Flatts   Audio Production
Joe Don Rooney   Composer
Gary LeVox   Composer
Wally Wilson   Composer
Gregory Becker   Composer
Tony Mullins   Composer
Danny Orton   Composer

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