Thomas Rhett, Jack Johnson, and The National are among the list of artists dropping new albums on September 8, 2017. U Should Buy Rhett’s ‘Life Changes.’
The best way to describe the first music release of September 2017 is #EPIC. After a slow August, with the exception of the last week, and a slow first Friday in September, September 8 is jam-packed with new music. Literally, there’s something for everybody. Arguably, the most anticipated album of the bunch comes courtesy of Thomas Rhett, who releases his third studio album, Life Changes. This, friends, is our pick for the album U Should Buy this week.
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Thomas Rhett hit it big in 2015 with his sophomore album, Tangled Up. Tangled Up ended up going platinum, led by a multiplatinum, Grammy-nominated single, “Die A Happy Man.” With momentum on his side, Rhett drops his third studio album, Life Changes. Comprised of 14 songs, singles “Craving You” featuring Maren Morris, “Unforgettable,” “Sixteen,” “Life Changes,” and “Grave” were released in advance of the project. Besides Morris’ guest spot, Rhett’s daddy, Rhett Akins guests on “Drink a Little Beer.” That’s a father-son relationship for you.
“Craving You,” featuring Maren Morris, is a solid country-pop joint. The chemistry between Rhett and Morris is excellent. Serving as the album opener, it’s a smart choice, given the high-flying energy from the jump. While “Unforgettable” seems a bit underwhelming at first, there’s some magic with successive listens. “Unforgettable” doesn’t win over a crossover audience or necessarily build the Thomas Rhett country base, but it is thoughtful.
On “Sixteen,” Rhett examines life and the things associated with certain ages. In his eyes, as he gets older, he grows more mature and priorities change. There is clearly an autobiographical tone to “Life Changes,” which finds Rhett reflecting on the past, present, and future. Grandness and supporting choral vocals helps to make “Grave a grand listen.
Other New Music Releases:
In addition to Life Changes, a couple of other releases arrive beginning September 8, 2017. The titles in boldface were covered in more depth in The Musical Hype article, Music Shopping List | Thomas Rhett Returns With ‘Life Changes, published on September 4, 2017.
Jack Johnson, All the Light Above It Too; The National, Sleep Well Beast; Kip Moore, Slowheart; Dustin Lynch, Current Mood; Toby Keith, The Bus Songs;Tori Amos, Native Invader; Death from Above 1979, Outrage! Is Now; MUTEMATH, Play Dead; Gregg Allman, Southern Blood; ODESZA, A Moment Apart; Dev, I Only See You When I’m Dreaming; Neil Young, Hitchhiker; Sparks, Hippopotamus; Alter Bridge, Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities; Robin Schulz, Uncovered; Johnny Lang, Signs; Yandel, #Update