Thomas Rhett, ‘Grave’ | Track Review
On the uplifting fourth single, “Grave,” from his third album, ‘Life Changes,’ Thomas Rhett fires up his country fan base.
All indications suggest that Thomas Rhett knows album number three, Life Changes, is “kind of a big deal.” Why? His 2015 album, Tangled Up, marked a breakthrough for the country singer. Sure, traditionalist country fans question his eclecticism, but his liberal, open-minded stylistic vibes have won over a crossover audience. Even so, given the singles released in advance of Life Changes, Rhett seems tamer than he did on Tangled Up, even if he’s still stretching the country music boundaries. “Grave” marks the fourth single from the album, following “Craving You,” “Unforgettable,” and “Sixteen.”
“Grave” begins abruptly – no introduction. Thomas Rhett starts things off, incorporating a serious, sincere tone. His sound is chocked-full of country, also embodying some gospel sensibilities. No, this isn’t a church song, but the organ and a sense of gratitude give this an inspirational vibe. Compared to the three singles that precede, “Grave” is completely different. Yet, when you consider the album title and theme, Life Changes, the thoughtfulness of “Grave” – taking love “to the grave with me” – suits the project.
With incredible soundness, Thomas Rhett seems to have his stuff together. Initially, given the abrupt start, “Grave” feels a bit unsettled. Once it all comes together, the objections wane. The choral vocals behind Rhett are definitely a selling point, even if the form seems a bit clunky. The grandness helps make “Grave” sound better and more polished than it is. Who can resist a big ole, uplifting, chivalrous song?
So far, those Life Changes are looking good on Thomas Rhett. “Grave” should be a win for Thomas Rhett with country fans because this isn’t a crossover record. That isn’t to say that a newfound group of pop fans won’t like or appreciate it, but this sounds like a record for his base. Sort of like how Trump likes rallies in red states to pump up his base, well, that’s what T.R. has going on with “Grave.”