Review – Thomas Rhett’s “Star of the Show”


How can you follow up the worst single of 2016? After Rhett released “Vacation,” I wonder how he can top the awfulness of that song. I mean after all let’s take a look back at some of his singles: the sanctimonious bullshit (“Beer with Jesus”), the sexist garbage (“Get Me Some of That”), the poor ripoff of the Bee Gees (“Make Me Wanna”), the poor ripoff of Sam Cooke and Bruno Mars (“Crash and Burn”), the poor ripoff of Ed Sheeran (“Die A Happy Man”), the song about an article of clothing (“T-Shirt”) and the song that made me want to rip my ears off. What a stunning collection of music! The corporate Nashville machine must be so proud. When they tell Rhett to jump and rip off a much more talented artist in another genre, he tells them how high and how much auto-tune. But I digress. In lieu of a fifth single from the original version of the terrible Tangled UpRhett and team have decided to release a deluxe edition of the album and a new song as a single. That single is titled “Star of the Show.” Oh boy what do we have in store now?

The first thing of course that I wanted to figure out in regards to “Star of the Show” is which pop artist did he exactly rip off because Rhett doesn’t release original music. He only copies more successful and talented artists. After a few listens, the instrumentation and production strike me exactly as something you would hear in a Justin Timberlake song. If you have a better comparison, let me know in the comments because I would love to hear it (Rhett would too because he needs ideas for the next album). Now when I say a Timberlake song, I mean if you let country producers make it because Timberlake songs have energy and emotion. It’s usually good pop music and that’s not the case hear. The percussion line and the guitar play is limp and boring. It sounds like when they recorded it they were trying not to wake someone in the next room. I also notice how they jammed some pedal steel guitar in the background at certain spots so that way Rhett fans can point to this as proof it qualifies as country. To them I say it’s treated irrelevantly in the context of the song, so I will treat it as such.

The song itself is about Rhett expressing his love for his wife Lauren and Rhett says he wrote it after their wedding. It shocked me to find Rhett actually helped write it. I figured it would be Blake Shelton personal where he got five other people to write it. The lyrics aren’t completely terrible and I do applaud Rhett for actually basing his song around something personal, even if the songwriting is still pretty sub par. Still “Star of the Show” is a pretty below average song to put it lightly. Call it country, call it pop, call it whatever you want: what I hear is a bad song with weak production and lyrics that are based around a personal feeling, but fail to actually deliver any meaning and heart behind them. It’s breezy, fluff music that will be forgotten years from now. Listening to “Star of the Show” is the equivalent of eating cotton candy: accessible and easy to consume, but not filling and disposable. In other words, a big hit for country radio.

Grade: 2/10

Written by Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins & Ben Hayslip

14 thoughts on “Review – Thomas Rhett’s “Star of the Show”

  1. OlaR October 12, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Steel Guitar…must be a country song! Right? Wrong!
    3 minutes of nothing. Cocktail-Bar music for bored housewifes on a sunny afternoon. Too late for white wine & too early for “Sex On The Beach”.


  2. Kevin Davis October 12, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Yeah, the pedal steel guitar is clearly an attempt to mitigate protests that this is not a country song. Of course, it’s not a country song. Rhett is starting to annoy the hell out of me more than even Sam Hunt. It’s a shame because I liked his dad when I was a kid in the 90’s.


  3. seak05 October 13, 2016 / 10:09 am

    This song is a nothing song. It’s not positive, but it’s also not terrible. Unlike Move, or other songs currently on the top 30 it doesn’t offend me. It falls into the same forgettable territory as Pink duet, and I’d probably give it a slight bonus for fact that he wrote it. So maybe 4/10 (-1 on the countdown).

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  4. lorenzofloris96 October 13, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Couldn’t agree more on this. By the way Josh, T-Shirt is a ripoff of My House by Flo Rida. Just listen to both songs and you’ll notice it.


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