Thomas Rhett, ‘Make Me Wanna’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]
Thomas Rhett‘s ‘Make Me Wanna’ brings a fun and funky new sound from a relative newcomer who is quickly solidifying himself as a country mainstay. It’s the fifth single off Rhett’s debut album, ‘It Goes Like This,’ and with a smooth jazz vibe, ‘Make Me Wanna’ is like nothing else currently on country radio.
Thematically, ‘Make Me Wanna’ fits comfortably in classic country music. The lyrics, about a boy loving a girl so much that she makes him just a little bit crazy, have been sung in one form or another many times before.
“Windows down, country sound, FM on the radio / Just me and you and the man on the moon / Cruisin’ down some old back road.” Rhett sings on a midnight drive with his love. “Now baby don’t you look at me that way / ‘Cause you know there’s only so much I can take.”
But while the lyrics may sound a bit too much like what’s already out there, the melody makes up for it ten times over. The Bee Gees-inspired tune features staccato drum and piano undertones that echo famous disco hits like ‘Stayin Alive,’ but with a perfect blend of twangy guitars to keep the song’s sound just true enough for any pure country fan. Add to that Rhett’s unmistakably solid voice, and you’ve got a new single that will fit just as well in a ’70s disco club as a Nashville honky tonk.
Why Fans Will Love It: ‘Make Me Wanna’ has a funky disco sound that is unlike anything out there at the moment. It’s fun to listen to and just as much fun to dance to!
Key Lyrics: “You make me want to / Pull this truck to the side of the road / Slide on over, let me hold you close / And tell you everything I’m thinking / Hop on out and let the tailgate fall / Get drunk on you with no alcohol / If you don’t stop I’m gonna / Girl you make me wanna.”
Did You Know?: Rhett actually wrote ‘Make Me Wanna’ more than three years ago, but says he still has yet to get sick of it. Fans will probably feel the same!
Listen to Thomas Rhett, ‘Make Me Wanna’
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