Thomas Rhett’s 3rd studio album, Life Changes, was released on September 8, 2017… and recently I spent a day with it on repeat.
Rhett made a name for himself as a country music artist but I wouldn’t call this a “country” album. It’s really hard to label, actually.
It weaves itself across many musical styles. There is a country song on it but among the 14 tracks, you’ll also find some rock, pop, dance, R&B, Latin, and gospel inspired songs.
If you want a pure country album look somewhere else… but if you want an album that seamlessly weaves many genres of music together in a 45-minute listen that all tie together nicely… this is the album for you.
Read on for my thoughts on each of the 14 songs on Life Changes.
Album Review: Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
Craving You – This song starts the album with a straight up pop/dance sound. It’s fun and features Maren Morris, another favorite artist of my daughters and I. This song was Rhett’s eighth #1 single.
Unforgettable – Bouncy, summertime, happy feel good song about young love.
Sixteen – This was kind of a fun walk down memory lane for me. Many of Rhett’s thoughts and life experiences match up with mine growing up in small town Iowa. No matter where you’re from I bet there is a lot in this song you can relate to.
Drink A Little Beer – This is the most “country” sounding song on the album and I love it! Fun lyrics and even more fun is that Rhett is joined on the song by his dad… 90’s country singer/songwriter Rhett Akins.
The song is backed by a fiddle heavy band creating a sound reminiscent of classic Alabama tracks. Don’t skip past the hoedown section at the very end. Fun stuff with Rhett and his dad riffing off each other.
Marry Me – A soft-rock ballad filled with heartbreak. There’s a twist in this one that caught me off guard at first listen.
Leave Right Now – This dance track ebbs and flows with some cool electronic sounds layered in.
Smooth Like The Summer – There’s a driving backbeat in this song about carefree, youthful Summers.
Life Changes – A reggae infused autobiographical account of the relationship progression of Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren. I love this song for a couple reasons.
First, I love the true-to-life honesty of the lyrics.
Second, it reminds me of a Toby Mac song. Toby is one of my favorite artists of all-time and I could hear him singing this. I also really like the lyrics in the chorus: “You never know what’s gonna happen. You make your plans and you hear God laughin’. Life changes… and I wouldn’t change it for the world”.
When You Look Like That – Sexy and seductive. Yep. That’s how I’d describe this one.
Sweetheart – This has a 50’s doo-wop vibe to it. Right from the start, it reminded me of Beauty School Dropout from the Grease soundtrack.
Kiss Me Like A Stranger – There’s a smooth and velvety old-school R&B groove on this. I could hear John Mayer doing a good cover of this song
Renegades – A toe, tappin’, soft rock song. Throughout, you might hear hints of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and John Mellencamp.
Gateway Love – There’s a dreamy quality to this one about lost love.
Grave – The album ends with this one that has a slight gospel feel to it. As I listened I couldn’t help but think that I’d love to see Thomas Rhett sing this one on an award show backed up by the harmonies of Little Big Town. That would be cool.