The change alluded to in the title of Rascal Flatts' Changed refers to the trio's embrace of self-production of its eighth album, but longtime followers and casual observers alike can be forgiven for thinking nothing is different here. Like any of Rascal Flatts' records, Changed is a smooth machine pumping out arena-country anthems and power ballads, interrupted by the occasional silly novelty or platform-jumping crossover. Here, they're not rubbing elbows with the likes of Natasha Bedingfield -- the British diva who didn't help the group break through in the U.K., but their "Easy" did reach the U.S.
RASCAL FLATTS “Changed” (Big Machine) Rascal Flatts is the union of a kick in the gut and a warm bath, the tension between feeling as assault and feeling as salve. That’s in the lyrics, sure, but just as often in the song structures themselves, which veer between high-drama up-tempo numbers and higher-drama ballads. Fluency in ballads is what’s made Rascal Flatts into one of the most successful country acts of the last decade.