SINGLE REVIEW: Thomas Rhett – ‘Star Of The Show’

star-of-the-show-cover-artThomas Rhett is set to release a ‘Deluxe’ edition of his smash-hit ‘Tangled Up’ album on 28th October, featuring three brand new tracks as well as renditions of ‘Playing With Fire’ featuring Danielle Bradbery and ‘Die A Happy Man’ featuring Tori Kelly. One of the new tracks, ‘Star Of The Show’, was released to country radio on Monday and is already in the top 40 and making its way towards the top.

After releasing the atrocity that was ‘Vacation’ as the previous single, I needed something to restore my faith in Thomas Rhett. How can the man who records songs like ‘Beer With Jesus’, ‘Die A Happy Man’ and ‘The Day You Stop Lookin’ Back’ release that? What’s even more baffling is that it took fourteen co-writers to come up with “hey let’s party like we’re on vacation”. Thankfully this one was put to bed by country fans and also country radio, as the song struggled to break into the top 30.

This brings us to the new single. ‘Star Of The Show’ is a track that has been lying dormant for a number of years; there are clips on YouTube of Thomas performing this at VIP events over three years ago. Talking about his wife, Lauren, Thomas recently said “she’s way more famous than I am! I told her when she gets more Instagram followers than me then she’s taking over the financials for this family.” It seems that the song is even more meaningful now than when it was originally written!

It’s the very first song he ever wrote about his wife and lyrically, it’s almost the prequel to ‘Die A Happy Man’. “Everywhere we go girl you’re the star of the show, and everybody’s wondering and wanting to know, what’s your name? Who’s that girl with the prettiest smile in the world? But what gets me the most is you don’t even know that you are the star of the show”.

In truth, this is on another level to its predecessor. The track begins with a beautifully simplistic acoustic guitar riff, not too dissimilar to ‘Die A Happy Man’, and we even have a small taste of pedal steel in the introduction. The ‘country’ aspect soon disappears after the first verse when the synthetic drum beat enters the fray but hey, nobody expected this to be George Strait material. It’s got a really soulful feel about it and will appeal to fans of his #1 hit ‘Make Me Wanna’. The infusion of the poppy, R&B style rhythm with hints of country instrumentation is clever and slickly produced and it’s where Thomas is very much at home.

This is the best single he has released in over a year and has all the ingredients required to be a massive hit. Thomas will return to the UK in November – tickets available HERE (Shepherd’s Bush SOLD OUT)