The album sold 123k within its first week of release
ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes, released on September 8th via The Valory Music Co., hit No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 Album chart upon its debut, making it the first country release to land the top spot in 2017. Pushing more than 123,000 units, the album is living up to the chatter as “easily one of the most anticipated albums of the year” (USA Today).
Critics echo fan fervor, complimenting Thomas Rhett as an artist with “no boundaries” (Billboard) and a “detailed style of songwriting” (Rolling Stone).
“Thomas Rhett is on a rare trajectory in a genre that typically moves slow as molasses in generating new superstars. He graduated to arena headliner status even before releasing his third album, Life Changes, which certainly won’t put any stall in that ascent…with each track occupying a slightly different subgenre than the last, united only in the breezy consistency of their craft.” – Variety
“It’s a testament to Thomas Rhett’s confidence that he can fill a country album full of songs with references to other genres, including doo-wop Grease-style musicals, Springsteen heartland rock, EDM and ‘80s New Wave.” – Associated Press
“If you’ve paid any attention to Thomas Rhett’s music since he released his first single “Something To Do With My Hands” in 2012, you are fully aware that he is a man of no boundaries. While the 27-year-old singer remains country at his core, he’s infused pop, R&B and even a sprinkle of hip-hop into his material…” – Billboard
“Thomas Rhett also happily crosses genre lines whenever he feels like it. Chart-topping lead single ‘Craving You’ featured Maren Morris and evoked the angular, futuristic disco of synth pop. In ‘Leave Right Now,’ he tries his hand at the build-release style of dance music popularized by the Chainsmokers. In the Latin-tinged ‘Gateway Love,’ he croons like Drake, while ‘Sweetheart’ calls back to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. And perhaps most surprisingly, he looks back to Seventies and Eighties country in ‘Drink a Little Beer,’ which features his dad, the artist and songwriter Rhett Akins.” – Rolling Stone
“…Impressively, the music engages with contemporary pop trends, going far beyond the R&B inclinations of Tangled Up…even that title track is expertly assembled, sailing along on a lilting groove and drum loop, evidence that Thomas Rhett is as savvy a musician as he is a pop star.” – All Music
Thomas Rhett’s third album Life Changes is the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with a diverse batch of songs united by the “consistency of their craft” (Variety) as he stretches his sound to new limits. The new release is already garnering attention earning Thomas Rhett’s eighth career No. 1 as well as his Top 15 and fastest rising single yet, “Unforgettable.” He is currently nominated for three CMA Awards including Male Vocalist of the Year along with Musical Event Of The Year and Music Video of the Year for the No. One Gold-certified lead track “Craving You.” On the road, Thomas Rhett has proven to have a “commanding stage presence” (Rolling Stone) as he continues on his “energetic and dance worthy” (Hits Daily Double) first headlining 2017 Home Team Tour.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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