To say that “Life Changes” is an appropriate album title for Thomas Rhett’s third studio album would be an understatement. Not only did the country superstar release a 14-song album, complete with five chart climbing singles, but he and his wife, Lauren, also welcomed two children into their family this year. With his gift of true and honest storytelling in his songwriting, Life Changes
gives us a deeper look into the Georgia-born singer-songwriter’s world.
If there is one thing that Thomas Rhett is known for, it’s delivering top hits left and right. His mixture of down-home funky tracks and heartfelt ballads gives him the freedom to cross over into different genres. Blending country, rock, R&B and even EDM, the album’s diverse sounds makes it his most genre-crossing album yet.
Prior to the album’s release on September 8, Rhett released five singles that got us prepped and pumped for the 14-song album. Singles “Craving You” with Maren Morris, “Unforgettable,” “Sixteen,” “Grave,” and album title track “Life Changes,” made their way to the charts, giving us a glimpse of the album’s future success. “Craving You” marries pop and country with upbeat tempos and powerful lyrics, and Morris gives the song an 80’s-style vibe (read our full song review here). “Unforgettable” is a mid-tempo love song with lyrics like “From your blue jeans to your shoes, girl, that night was just like you / Unforgettable.” Rhett slows things down with “Sixteen,” a nostalgic tribute to growing up. “Grave” turns a sad subject into a heartfelt one, embodying gospel tunes and harmonies. Most upbeat of all the singles, “Life Changes” takes us through Rhett’s evolution as an artist and life with his wife and two daughters, both under the age of two. Rhett sings, “Ain’t it funny how life changes / You wake up ain’t nothing the same and life changes / You can’t stop it just hop on the train and / You never know what’s gonna happen / You make your plans and you God laughing.”
“Leave Right Now” embodies a Chainsmokers feel with lyrics like, “Baby, you and me could leave right now / Ditch all your friends, the guy you came with / Get to know you where it ain’t so loud / Just you and me alone on some old moonlit road,” while “Drink A Little Beer,” with Rhett Akins, is pure down-home country.
The album also includes the heart-breaking piano ballad, “Marry Me,” and the 1950’s-feeling “Sweetheart.” Rhett includes an upbeat summer jam with “Smooth Like The Summer,” and laid back R&B track in “Kiss Me Like A Stranger.” Other tracks include flirty & addictive “When You Look Like That,” heartland rock vibe “Renegades,” and beach-influenced “Gateway Love.”
Life Changes Track Listing and Songwriters
1. “Craving You” feat. Maren Morris (Dave Barnes, Julian Bunetta)
2. “Unforgettable” (Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally)
3. “Sixteen” (Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur)
4. “Drink a Little Beer” feat. Rhett Akins (Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ben Hayslip)
5. “Marry Me” (Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally)
6. “Leave Right Now” (Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, Edward Drewett, John Henry Ryan)
7. “Smooth Like the Summer” (Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
8. “Life Changes” (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley)
9. “When You Look Like That” (Jessi Alexander, Matt Dragstrem, David Lee Murphy)
10. “Sweetheart” (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur)
11. “Kiss Me Like a Stranger” (Thomas Rhett, David Barnes, Jordan Reynolds)
12. “Renegades” (Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, John Henry Ryan)
13. “Gateway Love” (Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Sam Ellis, Emily Weisband)
14. “Grave” (Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Miller)
Thomas Rhett has become a leading man in country music and proves in “Life Changes,” that he is able to cross over into other genres and find success as well. While 2017 proved to be quite the year for Rhett, with the release of his most ambitious album to date, it seems as though this is just the beginning. Download “Life Changes” on Apple Music and see all of Rhett’s fall tour dates here.