Song Review: Rascal Flatts, “Yours If You Want It”

There may be some groups vying to be the next Rascal Flatts, but “Yours If You Want It” indicates that the current Rascal Flatts won’t need to be replaced anytime soon.

Rascal Flatts appeared to be nothing more than a countrified boy band when they fist charted in 2000, but the group has stood the test of time and compiled an impressive discography that includes thirteen No. 1 singles. “Yours If You Want It” is the leadoff single for the group’s upcoming studio album, and if there’s one thing I can say about it, it’s that this is your typical, quintessential Rascal Flatts song in every way.

The production is your standard uptempo pop-country sound, and features a nice acoustic foundation with some electric guitars thrown in for flavor. The whole blend has a spacious, uplifting feel to it, and does a nice job of building energy during the verses and then releasing it on the chorus and bridge.

Lead singer Gary LeVox has one of the most unique and recognizable voices in country music (even if imitators are starting to arise), and he turns in his standard energetic, charismatic performance here. His flow gets choppy at some points, but is mostly smooth and on point, and he does a great job selling his performance as the song’s lovestruck narrator.

The lyrics aren’t the most clever or witty lines in the world, but they get the job done and convey the singer’s affection for their significant other. The imagery bounces between specific and general targets (from “half of this rickety front porch swing” to “every grain of sand on the beach, every blade of grass under our feet”) as the singer declares that there is no bounds to what he will provide from his true love if she asks. It’s been done a million times before, but that doesn’t make it any less sweet here.

Overall, “Yours If You Want It” is an enjoyable song from a group that’s hung its collective hat on material like this for seventeen years and counting. Nashville’s may be a young man’s town, but “Yours If You Want It” proves that there’s still a place for old dogs that perform their tricks this well.

Rating: 7/10. Give this one a listen if you can.

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