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Rascal Flatts - Me & My Gang 
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist

I'm pretty sure that when Rascal Flatts takes roll call of Me and My Gang, among their most influential members are the incredible songwriters who contributed to this album. One of them is the mega talented 2004 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Neil Thrasher who, along with Wendell Mobley, penned their mega hit, "I Melt." Steve Robson, Michael Dulaney and Joe Don -- in songwriting mode -- among others, also contributed to the over all quality of lyrics on this project. Their input is definitely one of the reasons why Me And My Gang has given Rascal Flatts their fastest rising single debut ever. The CD is also enhanced with lots of goodies; including exclusive footage of the making of the video. This was a hands on project for Rascal Flatts who co-produced with Dann Huff. Huff certainly has an excellent track record when it comes to producing. Among his most recent successes is Carrie Underwood's triple platinum album.

The album content pretty much guarantees it will be a commercial success; it is classic Rascal Flatts and, therefore, very radio friendly. Two of the tracks that stood out for me are polar opposites. "Backwards" is a cleverly written ode to nonsense, with great instrumental riffs, about what happens when you play a country song "Backwards." "Ellsworth" goes in the opposite direction and delivers a perceptive and touching story song about Alzheimer's.

It's like her mind just quit / Oh, but bring up Grandpa / It's like someone flipped a switch / "We started losin' her when / she lost him / Tomorrow she won't remember / what she did today / but just ask her about Ellsworth, Kansas 1948 (lyrics from "Ellsworth")

I liked "Yes I Do," primarily for the catchy, musical intro and its infectious rhythm. I also liked the way it, for lack of a better description, wound down to the ending. It was one of those listener friendly songs that lifts your spirits and causes you to unwittingly sway to the music. It actually left me feeling good enough that I'm finally able to forgive Joe Don for showing his backside in public.

The final cut on the album is "He Ain't the Leavin' Kind." This is a thought provoking mantra delivered with uncomplicated lyrics and a country beat. Great message and despite the subtlety of it, one that has more impact when the listener realizes who He is.

Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney merged their amazing voices to produce dynamic harmony and an album that sold more than 250,000 copies on the day it was released. That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

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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 Couldnít Say 
10. Me and My Gang 
11. Cool Thing 
12. Ellsworth 
13. He Ainít the Leaviní Kind

Related Links:
www.RascalFlatts.com - Official Website 

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Hi my names Gabby and I'm a very big Rascal Flatts fan. I consider myself a "special fan" because I am mixed with Jamaican and American, but anyways back to the reason I'm writing this I would love to review the cd. I think this cd was the guys best creation yet. The cd touches on a lot of different subjects that happen in life, for example you have what hurts the most that's about a teen age girl loosing the love of her life or you have ellsworth which is about a grandmother who has Alzheimer's but can remember everything about her first love. Its very friendly for everyone to listen to, my brother who is 6 knows the words to lots of the songs they have on the cd, and my sister who just turn 4 knows most of the words to me & my gang. So basically I think that the new cd is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!
Gary, Jay and Joe don you guys did an awesome job!! love you all ! 
the mixed one no I'm just kidding Gabby



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