Closing out 2015 at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, Thomas Rhett’s, “Die A Happy Man” oozes country soul in a manner which makes its somewhat pop tone and references (Marvin Gaye, driving a sports car in Cali) forgivable.
It’s an understated number, but still has enough meat to satisfy those looking for a musical escape from the hectic monotony of city life. It doesn’t hurt that Rhett’s voice never falters; this guy doesn’t try to rap, or slip into anything too trendy. He stays in the groove with his sweet, southern drawl.
With that said, some of his other songs, (“Crash And Burn,” “Make Me Wanna”) are frankly too trendy by half for this critic.
Ultimately, “Die A Happy Man” is a solid single which for the most part did not sacrifice roots to radio trends.