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More than a year after Rascal Flatts found a new recording home with Big Machine Records (home to Taylor Swift and Reba McEntire), the group’s former label home makes good with live versions of the trio’s top hits.
“Bless the Broken Road” is gospel-tinged and earnest, with a classy guitar solo. The smooth fiddle and guitar work on “What Hurts the Most” is emotion-drenched, though the sometimes restrained instrumentals highlight lead singer Gary LeVox’s nasal vocal qualities.
The lack of energy on “Bob That Head” won’t cause listeners to do much more than bobbing; the trio fares better on the collection’s mid-tempo songs and ballads, including “These Days,” “Stand” and a medley of “I’m Movin’ On” and “Skin (Sarabeth).”
Joe Don Rooney showcases his ace guitar skills during a cover of Boston’s classic-rock instrumental, “Foreplay.” Meanwhile, a cover of Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway”—a hit for Rascal Flatts from the Cars soundtrack—serves as an ultimate crowd-pleaser with its crunchy guitar work.
Considering the trio’s last live album, Rascal Flatts Live, was released in 2003, this is an appropriate appendage for hard-core Flatts fans.