Rascal Flatts' fifth studio album, "Still Feels Good," arrives this week via Lyric Street, and there's no doubt the date has been circled on many music industry calendars for months. After all, its pr
Rascal Flatts' fifth studio album, "Still Feels Good," arrives this week via Lyric Street, and there's no doubt the date has been circled on many music industry calendars for months. After all, its predecessor, "Me and My Gang," scored the biggest first-week sales tally of 2006 when it moved 722,000 copies that April. Only four country acts have had bigger first weeks: Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks (twice), Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks.
Rascal Flatts is also one of the biggest success stories of the new century. But if "Still Feels Good" doesn't perform as well as past records, it won't be for a lack of focus and effort. Unlike previous albums, the band and producer Dann Huff dedicated a substantial amount of time to the new project.
"We didn't want to reinvent the wheel, because if something's not broken we didn't feel the need to fix it," group member Jay DeMarcus says. "But particularly when it comes to songs that the three of us write, we write whatever's in our heart at that moment. We've got a bluegrass tune that we've written for a bonus cut that is definitely different than anything we've done."
Among the notable new tunes are "Winner At a Losing Game," which conjures '70s country rock, and "She Goes All," which features actor/singer Jamie Foxx. Elsewhere, "Bob That Head" is a country-meets-rock-meets-rap tune, while Rascal Flatts turns tender on "Better Now," "Help Me Remember" and "It's Not Supposed To Go Like That."