When I first heard Thomas Rhett’s “Crash and Burn,” I remember thinking it was like nothing I’d ever heard before. I loved it, and even though I couldn’t put my finger on what was so different about it (beyond the whistling), I haven’t been able to stop turning it up to 11 every time it comes on.
— CMT (@CMT) September 20, 2015
Rhett has said that he worked on the album for two years, and that the music pulls from all the things that inspired him and influenced him: “From soul and R&B to old-school country to rock and everything in between.” Some of the songs are Friday-night party tunes, but don’t exactly fall into the bro-country territory we’re all loving to hate.
Some of the songs are ballad-like, like “Like It’s the Last Time” and “Single Girl,” but not in a traditional sentimental country way. This is cooler than that.
And one, “Playing With Fire,” features American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Reading that, I thought it was an unlikely duo, but once you hear the two of them together, everything just clicks.