Published May 29, 2019Singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett, a Tennessee native, is going back to his roots when it comes to his fourth studio album, Center Point Road. The collection of 16 songs includes tunes about love, growing up, having a good time and thanking the "almost" times, for the life he has now, all with Center Point Road in Hendersonville, TN as a focal point.
Rhett pulled off a first, by having co-written each song on the album, with such writers including country music hitmaker, Shane McAnally, pop idol Ryan Tedder and his father and fellow country musician, Rhett Akins. This worked in his favour, since there are a variety of songs that each try to tell a little bit of what makes Rhett who he is today.
Opening up Center Point Road, is the feel good, jazzy, R&B "Up," a song about not being able to have a positive life without dealing with negatives. It dominates with a variety of horns, keys, electric guitar and a choir backing Rhett up, all while crackling in the background like it's vinyl. "Blessed," a '50s style ballad also has horns and a background choir, along with drums and Rhett hitting the high notes, while "That Old Truck," a straight-up mid-tempo country song with both acoustic a electric guitars and drums, reminisces about the experiences he's had with his vehicle.
"Look What God Gave Her," the first single off Center Point Road, is a dance-worthy tune and a love letter to his wife, supported heavily on electric instruments including bass and keys, along with drums. It definitely sounds different than any other previous work from Rhett.
Rhett also dives into three collaborations, one with Little Big Town called "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time," "Center Point Road," with Kelsea Ballerini and "Beer Can't Fix" with Jon Pardi. Each of these only adds to the main themes of the album, but they each have their own unique sound and help make the album that much better.
While Center Point Road touches on who Rhett is along with his upbringing, it works as a big, produced album that's full of creative storytelling, Southern roots and a whole lot of love. (Big Machine)