The Rascal Flatts have been hard by Covid-19. Right when they wanted to celebrate their final year as a band, the pandemic hit the plans, e.g. by a cancellation of their tour. At least, there is a final EP, How They Remember You. The trio released it on 31st July 2020.
Rascal Flatts – About The Artists
The story of the band started 21 years ago, in 1999. The trio from Columbus, Ohio, still play in their original line-up, lead vocalist Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus on the bass and Joe Dan Rooney playing guitar and banyo. The band already started big from the very beginning. All four singles taken from their 2000 self-titled debut album made it to the Top 10 of the US Country Singles Charts. The album itself peaked on the third spot of that Billboard ranking. By that, it has been the only album by The Flatts which did not top the US Country Charts until their 2016 Christmas album The Greatest Gift of All. The trio grey their popularity steadily, including countries like Japan. In their home market, though, twelve singles made it to the top of the country charts.
Rascal Flatts – How They Remember You – Track by Track
The seven track EP lasts 23 minutes
1. How They Remember You
The EP starts with the title track, which is already quite well-known (as it has been released about a month before the actual EP). What a nice way to introduce your musical farewell. A quite characteristic Rascal Flatts song.
2. Feel It in the Morning
The second track on the EP feels very similar from its musical elements. Definitely the song is slightly less powerful than the title track. Finally, it is a bit too little variation to me. The end of the song could by the way be a perfect finish for the EP – but there are still five ones to go.
3. Quick Fast in a Hurry (feat. Rachel Wammack)
The second song on the EP, which has been published before EP release. I like the slightly more melodic and harmonic sound of the track, though the rhythmic, close to spoken singing, sound feels a bit disturbing for me. Finally, there is Rachel Wammack, which is definitely on the positive side again.
4. Looking Back
The song paints a very positive picture of the years which lay behind the band – and also the future after the Rascal Flatt. Some sort of cheer-up for the fans. Definitely like it!
I know that Rascal Flatt fans will kill me, but again I have the feeling that this song is close to other songs on the album. It is well-produced modern country, a touch of rock, good lyrics, definitely, though.
6. Sip Away
Sip Away is a song which is quite in line with Nashville’s current favorite sound. A touch of hip hop and pop mixed to country music. The track is finally a nice summer vibe drinking song. Could be one of your summer party tracks.
7. Through the Years
The album concludes with a a Kenny Rogers cover. Nice to conclude your career with one of the very big ones. Very nice version – even though it partially reminds me of boy bands. Thank you for all the songs, Rascal Flatts.
Rascal Flatts – How They Remember You – Spotify
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Rascal Flatts – How They Remember You – My View
There is no doubt about the musical quality and the songwriting potential of the Rascal Flatts. Country music will miss this guys. Even though some passages of their farewell EP have a touch of monotonous feeling to me. Thus, I do not see the EP in the absolute top rankings – but it definitely has its good parts. Rascal Flatt fans will buy it anyway, regardless of my rating. Finally, the title track is the best song of the EP to me.