"It Goes Like This" is a musically very diverse debut album by country music singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett, the son of songsmith Rhett Akins. Except for "Take You Home," which was written by Ashley Gorley, Thomas and/or his father helped to write all the songs on this album. After having shown his talent as a songwriter by writing for Jason Aldean ("I Ain't Ready To Quit") and Florida Georgia Line ("Round Here"), Thomas is now ready to showcase his own vocal capabilities. And what a debut this is!
This 12-song CD is diverse and varied, as R&B, blues, hip-hop, rock, regular country and "bro country" party anthems are mixed into a fantastic southern rock/country album that is made to be blasted from your speakers with you belting along with most of the songs. Half of the album was produced by Jay Joyce while Luke Laird (3 songs) and Michael Knox (also 3 songs) both handled production duties on the others.
The album opens with the bluesy rocker "Whatcha Got In That Cup", and it is followed by another great rocker with a catchy tune, the fun "Something To Do With My Hands," a song filled with a sly sense of humor that is also evident in other songs on this album. Next we have the catchy power ballad "Get Me Some Of That," ensued by the soulful "Call Me Up" and the groovy rock-song "It Goes Like This" with its catchy melody and the equally hip "Make Me Wanna."
Then there is the funky "Front Porch Junkies (remix)", a cross-breed between hip-hop and country with Thomas country-rapping his way through the lyrics, followed by the live-in-the-moment anthem "In A Minute." One of the slower songs off the album is the ballad "Take You Home." Next is the bluesy drinking song "Sorry For Partying." Now, if you're planning a party, send this one as a pre-emptive warning note to your neighbors! This is followed by the swampy rocker "All-American Middle Class White Boy."
The album closer is the acoustic "Beer With Jesus," THE stand-out song on this album, showing his vocal capabilities as a balladeer. It's a thought-provoking song in which he humbly sings about wanting to sit down with Jesus and "Ask him how'd you turn the other cheek, To save a sorry soul like me, Have you been there from the start, How'd you change a sinner's heart." The song is made all the more effective because of it's simple arrangement.
All in all, 12 great tracks with not a weak song among them. I've added Thomas to my list of artists to watch out for, as he's going to be a major star and I'm looking forward to see how he will develop as an singer-songwriter in the future. He certainly left his calling-card with this album!