Country artist Thomas Rhett can sing and play guitar, sure—but that’s nearly all he has in common with the style’s traditions. Instead, Tangled Up is a jubilant, Southern-steeped mish-mash of every imaginable type of party music. Skittering, trappy hi-hats underpin Rhett’s playful twang on the EDM-styled “Anthem”; house and disco-pop flourishes light up “Tangled”; “Vacation” is a groovy War-meets-P!NK ringer; and brassy, funky NOLA jazz gives “South Side” its oomph. It’s is such a wonderfully fun, all-over-the-place dance party that the actual country songs are its most confounding—yet still gorgeous—moments.
Who Cares If It’s “Country” or “Pop?”
Why does an artist have to be one and only one genre? Stop trying to box him in and…