Album Review: Life Changes by Thomas Rhett

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.

Have you heard Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Album? What’s your favorite song?

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