About Last Night introduced us to the partygoer side of Rhett Repko, an artist to reckon with and must listen. The infectious classic and upbeat vibe of the album was just perfect to lift you up your sit and get you dancing along a breed of modern and classic melodies. But by now you probably know for many singer-songwriters, music is a look at their very own soul. Every thing they release match what that artist is going through at the moment, and it looks like our joyful player have gone through some nostalgic times in between this and his past album.
Thx For The Ride is another great album, but not in the exact way as its predecessor. There ain’t a Kool & The Gang celebration nor Charleston dancehall – every single feels raw and honest, yet the upbeat Pop/Rock nature of the songs feels at times a bit ironic. Once again, the entire album is written and produced by Repko himself, so that makes of this a very heartfelt and personal record as there was no third parties involved throughout the making of this record. But something that remains is Rhett love for the retro. “And I Told Her So” and “Make Me Right”, for example, strays away for the Simple Plan’s ’00 teenage angstyness and nostalgia that pretty much sets the tone of the whole record, for something rather in the veins of late 80s and 90s rock with its fast paced guitar riffs that walk a thin line between Alternative and Punk Rock and mild down vocals.
Those who enjoy About Last Night for its exuberant energy and powerhouse might find themselves a little bit let down with this new material, yet, perhaps aware of this, there are a few glimpses of that in this new material. Not as much as many would love to, but enough to please that audience. Otherwise, the new direction taken by Repko is welcomed and still remains truth to who he is as an artist.
Criteria - 80%
So overall, Thx For The Ride is a toned down ride into the great mind of an artist that isn't afraid of opening his heart to his audience and get us in a good time will doing so. One can just expect what that new journey would be and how would it sound like.