Unstoppable (Rascal Flatts album)

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Unstoppable
Unstoppable (Rascal Flatts album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)
GenreCountry
Length45:45 (Standard Edition)
LabelLyric Street
Producer
Rascal Flatts chronology
Greatest Hits Volume 1
(2008)
Unstoppable
(2009)
Nothing Like This
(2010)
Singles from Unstoppable
  1. "Here Comes Goodbye"
    Released: January 20, 2009
  2. "Summer Nights"
    Released: May 19, 2009
  3. "Why"
    Released: September 29, 2009
  4. "Unstoppable"
    Released: January 4, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
About.com4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB-[3]
Roughstock(favorable)[4]
USA Today3/4 stars[5]

Unstoppable is the sixth studio album by American country music group Rascal Flatts and their final album to be released with Lyric Street Records. It was released on April 7, 2009 and produced four singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. with 351,000 copies sold, making it the band's fourth consecutive number-one debut on the chart. It topped the 1 million mark on October 31, 2009.[6] As of June 2010, the album had sold over 1,230,638 copies in the United States.[7]

Content[edit]

Three tracks were released as digital singles prior to the album's release: "Forever", "Love Who You Love" and "Things That Matter", on March 17, 24, and 31, respectively.

Singles[edit]

The first single, "Here Comes Goodbye", was released on January 20, 2009. The song was co-written by American Idol season 6 finalist Chris Sligh. Rascal Flatts will tour in support of the album on the Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour, presented by department store chain JCPenney. Editions sold at JCPenney include the bonus track "American Living".[8] "Summer Nights" was released as the second single from the album on May 19, 2009. It reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Why" was released as the third single from the album on September 29, 2009. It became their lowest-peaking career single to date, peaking at number 18 on the aforementioned chart. "'Unstoppable" was released as the album's fourth single on January 4, 2010, and was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard country chart.

Critical reception[edit]

The album overall gained mixed reviews. Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the album a favorable review. Similar to his later review of the single "Summer Nights,", Bjorke commented that the album would appeal to fans of Rascal Flatts, but would unlikely bring new fans to the group. He specifically cited "Why" as the best track of the album, writing, "This is the kind of song that got me to personally like Rascal Flatts and it's certainly the best track on 'Unstoppable'" and "There's gotta be 'Song of the Year' accolades somewhere down the line for this song as it's that powerful."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Love Who You Love"Jason Sellers, Neil Thrasher, Paul Jenkins3:36
2."Here Comes Goodbye"Chris Sligh, Clint Lagerberg4:02
3."Close"Jay DeMarcus, Michael Dulaney, Sellers3:48
4."Forever"Sellers, Thrasher4:16
5."She'd Be California"Jenkins, Sellers, Tim Nichols4:18
6."Unstoppable"DeMarcus, James T. Slater, Hillary Lindsey3:48
7."Things That Matter"Gary LeVox, Thrasher, Dulaney4:41
8."Summer Nights"LeVox, Brett James, busbee4:03
9."Holdin' On"Dulaney, Thrasher, Wendell Mobley4:25
10."Once"Kara DioGuardi, John Shanks, Jeffrey Steele3:50
11."Why"Rob Mathes, Allen Shamblin4:58
Total length:45:45

Personnel[edit]

Rascal Flatts
Additional Musicians

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1
Canadian Albums Chart 7

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200[9] 164
US Billboard Top Country Albums[10] 28

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US
[11]
US
Pop
US AC CAN
2009 "Here Comes Goodbye" 1 11 23 13 48
"Summer Nights" 2 37 61
"Why" 18 102
2010 "Unstoppable" 7 52 83
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Unstoppable review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Fabian, Shelly. "Rascal Flatts - Unstoppable review". About.com. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Bierly, Mandi (April 14, 2009). "Unstoppable review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Rascal Flatts - "Unstoppable"". Archived from the original on 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  5. ^ Mansfield, Brian (April 6, 2009). "Rascal Flatts: 'Unstoppable' force of country". USA Today. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "Week Ending Oct. 18, 2009: Taylor Swift's Minor Miracle". Chart Watch. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  7. ^ Grein, Paul (2009-06-03). "Week Ending May 31, 2009: "Boom Boom Pow" Sets Digital Record". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
  8. ^ Rascal Flatts news, Rascalflatts.com
  9. ^ "Best of 2010 - Billboard Top 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  10. ^ "Best of 2010 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 732. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Rascal Flatts – Unstoppable". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.