Rascal Flatts are kicking off 2017 with a new single headed out to radio called “Yours If You Want It.” Simply put, the tune is vintage Rascal Flatts.
The driving, upbeat tune marks familiar territory. Vocalist Gary LeVox hits all the right soaring lifts as he professes the world and everything he owns (and everything he could steal) to a lover. And the chugging toms and shiny production carry the whole tune from start to finish.
The song certainly feels safe and down the middle, which makes sense for a band looking to maintain its status in an ever-changing country world. “Yours If You Want It” nails just about everything the three-piece does well. But it also captures an earnest sincerity missing from radio love songs of this pulse as of late.
“We all felt like ‘Yours If You Want It’ was the perfect way to introduce our fans and radio to the new music we’ve been making,” member Jay DeMarcus said in a press release. In other words, Rascal Flatts fans will love it.
But “Yours If You Want It” also carries a bit of a somber undertone. That’s because the late Andrew Dorff shares a songwriting credit on it.
Dorff passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 40 in Dec. 2016. The hit writer had credits with everybody from Blake Shelton to Hunter Hayes and Martina McBride. DeMarcus notes the bittersweet occasion as well. “We are so honored to be a small part of making sure his legacy lives on,” he says.