Unstoppable Like the Beach Boys, the Oaks have a few too many crow's-feet to be called "boys" anymore. But that should be the least of their… Unstoppable Like the Beach Boys, the Oaks have a few too many crow's-feet to be called "boys" anymore. But that should be the least of their… 2009-04-07 Rascal Flatts Country
Music Review

Unstoppable (2009)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Apr 07, 2009; Lead Performance: Rascal Flatts; Genre: Country

Like the Beach Boys, the Oaks have a few too many crow's-feet to be called ''boys'' anymore. But that should be the least of their worries. Always one of the tamest vocal groups in country — they came out of tame white gospel, after all — they've now sunk to new levels of homogenization. When the songs on their new album, Unstoppable, aren't total bland-outs, they're dorky novelty tunes, such as ''Baby on Board'' (the romantic kind, not somebody's infant) and ''Love This Cat,'' a failed attempt at rockabilly replete with a kitten's meow at the end. Like that polyester leisure suit in the back of your closet, the Oaks seem impossibly quaint and old-fashioned these days. Of course, they see themselves differently. In ''When It Comes to You'' they sing: ''I'm a little bit wild/A little bit crazy.'' In your dreams, boys, in your dreams. C

Originally posted May 24, 1991 Published in issue #67 May 24, 1991 Order article reprints
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