You know what’s crazy? I just looked up, and it’s already 20-freakin’-17. Know what else? Rascal Flatts have been on Country radio for going on 18 years, steadily delivering hits, selling records, and selling out shows. Boom! They’re entering Tim McGraw-like rare air, in terms of decades-long consistency and the ability to find songs that always sound fresh, dating back to their debut single, “Prayin’ For Daylight” in February 2000. You, this entire format, and I have plenty to worry about in 2017; playing Flatts’ new single, “Yours If You Want It,” shouldn’t be one of them. They just made you a smarter, better programmer with a song that has a killer intro, strong tempo, and a massive hook, all of which will bowl you over within the first 42 seconds. This single encapsulates Rascal Flatts as a band. Gary LeVox is in great voice, perfectly articulating verses that would be a multi-syllable minefield for anyone else. Joe Don and Jay are present, too, providing soaring harmonies and a sweet guitar break at about 1:50. Production is tight, but not overdone. This song is a celebration of everything Flatts does exceptionally well and wonderfully tailored for 2017. Long story short, it’s another hit. And, good news for the New Year: It’s Yours If You Want It.
By: RJ Curtis