Thomas Rhett’s fourth album, “Center Point Road,” came out May 31, just in time to kick off the summer season with its balanced mix of ballads and upbeat, jazzy beats.
Although Rhett has had a string of No. 1 pop-country hits throughout his career, the artist has taken a turn on this newest album. Shifting just slightly away from his usual style, Rhett has proved himself to be a jack-of-all-trades for county music, branching out past just R&B ballads and pop-country love songs.
Many of the songs on the 16-track album center around nostalgia. “Center Point Road,” “That Old Truck,” and “Remember You Young” all hit a nostalgic chord without the melancholy beat that has been a country-music staple for decades.
Despite the heavier lyrics of those three songs, Rhett’s new album never starts to feel too serious. Songs like “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” (featuring Little Big Town), “Beer Can’t Fix” (featuring Jon Pardi), and “Sand” keep the overall mood of the album relatively light-hearted. Lines like “Make this living room twirl, watch me set this night on fire / Baby, you know I love a party / Don’t threaten me with a good time” (from “Don’t Threaten Me”) and “With those eyes creeping in like that tide / Gettin’ me a Rooftop 30A high / No plans, just tan, sun-kissed, loving it, covered in sand” (from from “Sand”) will having you singing along instantly.
Although Rhett’s album features a variety themes, he never strays too far from his staple: a love song. “Blessed” (which Rhett himself has described as a sister track to “Sweetheart” from his previous album, “Life Changes”) and “Notice” are perfect tracks for anyone wanting to vicariously live out a summer romance. The singer proves he as love-struck as ever with lines like “Makin’ my heart beat out my chest, I can’t count the times I’ve heard, people say I’m lucky / But lucky ain’t the word, oh, I’m blessed” (from “Blessed”) and “You still tear up at a beach sunset, and you dance just like you’re the only one in the room / You think that I don’t notice, but I do” (from “Notice”).
“Look What God Gave Her,” which, so far, is the most popular song on the album, features a feel-good beat with catchy, tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Listeners can’t help but tap their toes and nod along to every word of lyrics in this song such as “Look what God gave her / How perfect He made her / She walks in the room / It’s like He answered my prayers / The way that she moves / How could anybody blame her?”
Whether you’re a country fan or not, if you’re looking for some new summer music, check out “Center Point Road.”