Album Review of Changed by Rascal Flatts.

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Changed by Rascal Flatts

Release Date: Apr 3, 2012
Record label: Big Machine Records
Genre(s): Country, Contemporary Country

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10

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.

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The New York Times
Their review was generally favourable

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.

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