"Back to Life"- An Auspicious New Beginning for Rascal Flatts
For the past 18 years, Rascal Flatts has faithfully released a new album every couple years for their sea of fans to enjoy, and they have certainly had no shortage of success on their releases, with 12 number one singles and 30 top ten’s from said albums. Now that their catalog of releases has reached ten full albums, and they are approaching 20 years since their debut self titled album, they are turning to a new model for their music. Upon the release of their new single “Back to Life” on Friday, the band reported to Billboard that it would most likely not belong to an upcoming album. They are going to subscribe to the singles-only business model for awhile, which other big country acts are moving to right now as well, including Sam Hunt and Hunter Hayes. Rascal Flatts thinks this will give them a better ability to focus on the excellence of each release.
“Back to life,” is a great start to this new approach for them. The song highlights the cherishable little things to be loved about the woman you hold dear, and her ability to keep life good even when it’s not, as Gary LeVox’s vocals praise the way she “pulls me up when I’m going under.” This idea is one that any guy can relate to about his woman, and one that will be appreciated by women who need a reminder of the impact they have on their man’s life. This sweet sentiment that Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney, and Jay DeMarcus undoubtedly direct towards their respective wives is a familiar, but welcome direction for the group to take on a single, and the catchy melody makes it impossible not to move with the 2 and 4 of the 6/8 meter. This tune simply sounds like the Rascal Flatts we know and love, which is anything but a negative. If they continue to make great tracks like this, the single-only approach is a thumbs-up in my book.