Me and My Gang [Bonus Track]

Me and My Gang [Bonus Track]

by Rascal Flatts

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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Ever since their eponymous 2000 debut there has been more pop than country in Rascal Flatts' contemporary country-pop, but with each subsequent record the trio has been drifting slowly, steadily toward outright adult pop, which is where they arrive on their fourth album, 2006's Me and My Gang. Discounting the steel guitar that's used occasionally as tonal coloring, the most country song here is the jokey "Backwards," which blatantly (and proudly) recycles the old joke of "what happens when you play a country record backwards?" (the punch line is "Ya get your house back/Ya get your dog back," etc. -- although it is a little strange that in this version ya get your best friend Jack back before your wife). This isn't a complaint, just a matter of fact: while some country-pop does place equal emphasis on country, Rascal Flatts makes pop music for mature audiences under the guise of country, partially because pop music doesn't have much room for adults anymore. Not that Rascal Flatts are always serious -- there's the aforementioned "Backwards," but also the silly title track where the boys try to domesticate Big & Rich's outsized swagger by simplifying it, singing "la la la" on the bridge and throwing in a talk box guitar stolen from Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" -- but they do not make any concessions to sounding young, which does make them kind of unique among mainstream groups of any kind in 2006. Furthermore, Rascal Flatts are good at this kind of thing: they choose their material well, pick the right musicians and producers, and turn out appealing slick music that sounds good even when the songs themselves are kind of forgettable. And there are some forgettable tunes here, too -- there are also those that are memorable in their mawkishness, like "Ellsworth," which attempts to create a portrait of a grandma losing her mind but is undone by its clunky heavy-handedness ("Grandma burned the biscuits/Nearly took the house down with it/Now she's in assisted livin'/We all knew that day would come") -- but as a whole, Me and My Gang holds together well, since the slower moments glide by on the same smooth, glistening surface as the tunes that catch hold, like the single "What Hurts Most." There are no great surprises here -- well, apart from the vague reggae rhythm that fuels "Yes I Do" -- but there are no disappointments, either. Rascal Flatts continue to deliver exactly what their fans have come to love and expect, and that's a virtue, since it is hard for pop groups of any stripe to be both consistent and reliable, which is exactly what the trio proves they are with this solid-as-a-rock fourth album. [This 2006 edition contains one bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2006
Label: Lyric Street
UPC: 0720616507525
catalogNumber: 165075
Rank: 14298

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rascal Flatts   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Larry Corbett   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Dann Huff   Guitar
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Peter Kent   Violin
Chris McHugh   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Darrell Scott   Mandolin
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
John Wittenberg   Violin
Jonathan Yudkin   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Cello
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Tim Akers   Accordion,Keyboards
Jay DeMarcus   Bass
Jim Riley   Drums
Howard Duck   Keyboards
Tom Bukovac   Guitar
Roberto Cani   Violin
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Cello
Joe Don Rooney   Guitar
Jonathan Trebing   Guitar
Alyssa Park   Violin
Travis Toy   Steel Guitar
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Mario de León   Violin

Technical Credits

Tom Cochrane   Composer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer,Audio Production
Charles Judge   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Mills Logan   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Monty Powell   Composer
Steve Robson   Composer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Sherri Halford   Art Direction
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Jay DeMarcus   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Jon Stone   Composer
Jason Sellers   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Jimmy Yeary   Composer
Greg McCarn   Art Direction
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Rascal Flatts   Audio Production
Joe Don Rooney   Composer
Gary LeVox   Composer
Wally Wilson   Composer
Gregory Becker   Composer
Tony Mullins   Composer
Danny Orton   Composer

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Me and My Gang 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow! can't believe that person left a bad review! This album is the farthest thing from trash!!! EVERY song is good! If you loved their other albums, you'll fall in love with this one as well.It's my fav so far! And i've already listened to this album like a million times all the way gets better and better each time! It's AWESOME
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the Rascal Flatts "Me and My Gang" CD is going to be the most listened to CD in country Music they really sent out a message with "I'm Moving On" and they are going to do the same thing with "What Hurst The Most" Rascal Flatts are so energetig when they are prefroming too so it makes people want to listen to their music!!! Keep up the Great Work Guy's
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard most of the songs on this album and trust me this is one you should pass on. There is really nothing country about this album. This is defintley the poorest of their albums and the title track they should be ashamed to have recorded that piece of trash. Leave this one on the shelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got this cd the day after it came out my friend got the cd the day it came out she said that when she went to go get the cd that there where only three copies left way to go to all of the rascall flatts for going out and buying this cd they totally rock.joanna.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly love the guys and their new cd. I just saw them in concert and they sang most of their new songs and they were wonderful.Keep up the good work guys. Best wishes to your next cd. Your #1 fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rascal Flatts are a great brand for two reasons: they make excellent music which sounds melodic, does justice to the instruments, and is powerful and they sing meaningful, moving, intelligent lyrics. This CD has the first criterion in the bag but seriously lacks on the second. The words for the first 7-8 songs are just a little mundane, and the song "Backwards" is just plain stupid. Lyrically the CD only picks up in the last four songs. "Me and My Gang" is a fun song despite the bad grammar, "Ellsworth" is moving beyond description, "Cool Thing" is a fine summer romance, and "He Ain't the Leavin' Kind" polishes off the CD with a poignant song lamenting our nation's wayward ways but offering hope nonetheless. Whereas the CD "Melt" pushed the envelope with its risque title track, this CD (with the exception of its title track--fun, thumping, and festive) adds not much more than a pleasant group of ordinary, melodic songs to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the Rascal Flatts and eagerly awaited their new album - I was NOT disappointed!!!! This album is amazing, with the star tracks 'What Hurts the Most', 'To Make Her Love Me' and 'I Feel Bad'. This is one of those albums that you can buy and truly listen to and love every single song. I highly recommend - I would rate this as RF's best effort yet!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is amazing. You really can't go wrong with it there is a song for every mood and every person on here. My favourite has to be "Cool Thing". I like "Stand", "What Hurts The Most", "Words I Couldn't Say", and the title track, "Me & My Gang" as well. =) Well worth the time and money to get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The boys are definitely more polished and mature in this album. Along with the single "What Hurts the Most", the majority of the rest of their songs on this release are also about lost love. It is a very touching album and contains some very personal writing (with a shout out to my Ohio State Univ. in track 11!) This is a must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was turned on to your music through American Idol last year with Carrie Underwood. I just love the new CD and "Ellsworth." It brings back wonderful memories of a grandmother who recently died of Alzheimers. Fan forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD by far is their best one yet!!! Every song on the CD has a special message and it is GREAT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the Feels Like Today CD and even though I've only heard one song from this CD so far, I know it's going to rock!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great cd with great harmonies, not to mention great music. I like the songs that are on this cd. I like "What Hurts the Most" because it just moves me in an emotional way.