(2016) The Greatest Gift Of All

Rascal Flatts

... read moreIf ever there was an idea candidate for a Christmas album, it'd be Rascal Flatts, the sweet and slyly savvy country-pop group who have stayed at the top of the country charts since their debut in 2000. Soft and gentle yet possessing an ear for shifting trends -- witness the R&B undertones on their ...

50′:38″ 20 Songs

1
Joy To The World (Commentary)
Rascal Flatts
1:39
2
Joy To The World
Rascal Flatts
3:38
3
O Holy Night (Commentary)
Rascal Flatts
0:39
4
O Holy Night
Rascal Flatts
4:54
5
Deck The Halls (Commentary)
Rascal Flatts
1:09
6
Deck The Halls
Rascal Flatts
3:19
7
A Strange Way To Save The World (Commentary)
Rascal Flatts
1:39
8
A Strange Way To Save The World
Rascal Flatts
3:54
9
Go Tell It On The Mountain (Commentary)
Rascal Flatts
1:47
10
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Rascal Flatts
3:34
11
Let It Snow (Commentary)
Rascal Flatts
0:53
12
Let It Snow
Rascal Flatts
2:55
13
Silent Night (Commentary)
Rascal Flatts
1:20
14
Silent Night
Rascal Flatts
4:12
15
Someday At Christmas (Commentary)
Rascal Flatts
1:06
16
Someday At Christmas
Rascal Flatts
3:15
17
The First Noel (Commentary)
Rascal Flatts
1:01
18
The First Noel
Rascal Flatts
4:51
19
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Commentary)
Rascal Flatts
1:07
20
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Rascal Flatts
3:46
Released 20 October 2016, ℗ 2018 Big Machine Label Group, LLC

Review

If ever there was an idea candidate for a Christmas album, it'd be Rascal Flatts, the sweet and slyly savvy country-pop group who have stayed at the top of the country charts since their debut in 2000. Soft and gentle yet possessing an ear for shifting trends -- witness the R&B undertones on their 2014 album Rewind -- Rascal Flatts offer comfort food with a dash of modern flair. Time can sometimes make that flair dated, but on The Greatest Gift of All, it means that some seasonal warhorses now sound fresh: "Joy to the World" gets a bit of splashy show biz gospel, "Go Tell It on the Mountain" receives a funky underpinning, and "Let It Snow!" and "Deck the Hall" simmer to a slow-burning R&B groove. Elsewhere, things are a little more expected: they dig out "A Strange Way to Save the World," a CCM Christmas tune by 4Him, "Silent Night" is treated with gravity and enhanced by a children's choir, while "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is given a still, solemn reading. Such a blend of the secular and the sacred, the new and the old, is a signature for Rascal Flatts, and it works well here, on a holiday album that delivers precisely what fans would expect. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine