When a person thinks of Rascal Flatts, he or she thinks of catchy pop country music that gets feet tappin' and voices singin' along; it's music that provides a melody to the lives of many country music fans. Whether it's songs about long lost love, faith, or having a good time, Rascal Flatts knows how to provide music for any occasion. In April 2009, Rascal Flatts yet again proved themselves among the country music elite when they released their album, Unstoppable. This being the group's sixth studio album release, the album title fits just fine; it's music that definitely confirms the group has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
As heard on most Rascal Flatts' albums, goodbye takes many different forms on Unstoppable. In Close, goodbye's seen as the choice not to delete an ex-lover's voicemail message or throw out and old Notre Dame T-shirt. In Holdin' On, it's seen as a lipstick-smeared can of Mountain Dew in the back of a pick-up truck. At a suicide victim's funeral, goodbye's seen as a survivor's guilt; a lingering, troubling, remembrance. In Once, (which was co-written by American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi) and Forever, goodbye is seen as a relationship lost. Even in the trio's first single from the album, Here Comes Goodbye (which was co-written by Season 6 American Idol finalist Chris Sligh), it takes on human form.
Although it may seem like it, misfortune and so-long's aren't the only themes on the record. She'd Be California is a fun-loving song that describes a woman which sounds like a girl right out of the Beach Boys' California Girls. The title track, Unstoppable, commemorates the powerful nature of love, while the first track off the album, Love Who You Love, urges the listener to tell his/her loved ones how much they are loved before it's too late. Summer Nights sets mood for a perfect summer evening shared with friends having a good time; it makes the listener nostalgic for those long summer nights spent as a teenager. The emotionally-charged Things That Matter is a ballad that challenges the listener to really think about the song's exact title; the things that matter.
Although not necessarily exemplified on this album in a particular song, many of the group's lyrics either speak directly of God or lead the listener to think that they're singing about God, and all three members of the group profess Jesus Christ as their Savior. In today's post-modern society where many people don't care about their own personal beliefs, it's great to have a group who isn't afraid to use the platform they've been given to lead someone to the saving knowledge of Christ, as long as the person's willing to listen to the message. Rascal Flatts is a group that isn't afraid to bring up the hard topics in their songs, nor share the answer they've found, which is God. No matter the song, the group's got a strong message; they don't just write songs to write songs, they've got something to say that's worth listening to.
With over 18 million albums sold and numerous country music awards, Rascal Flatts is sure to be around for a while. Unstoppable is an album that surely hasn't quieted the true country fans, but rather it has kept their fan base growing. One of 2009's most anticipated releases in country music, the album has set and keeps setting records. Goodbye may be a common theme heard on this album, but it's definitely a word they won't be saying anytime in the near future to country music.