Rod + Rose: Self-titled Debut EP – Review
Rod + Rose, comprised of Rodney Atkins and wife, Rose Falcon have officially combined their talents on their self-titled debut EP. Listen to the brand new music below and check out our full review.
For Rod + Rose, releasing music together was a natural progression. Like Thompson Square or Joey and Rory before them, the pair are a team both on and off the stage. Married in 2013 and the parents to two sons, Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon have joined forces as a new musical duo.
With six #1 hits under his belt including “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Watching You,” and “Caught Up in the Country,” Atkins may be the more well-known of the pair. Yet, Falcon has had great success in her own right as both a singer and a songwriter, writing for the likes of Faith Hill and Lady A. Meanwhile, Eric Paslay’s version of her song “Friday Night” was a number one hit in 2019.
Today, January 28, the couple released their self-titled debut EP, featuring five new songs that show their strengths as a duo. Atkins brings his patented country drawl to the collection, supported by Falcon’s rich and velvety tone, their voices blending in perfect harmony.
The EP’s opening track “Being Here, Being There” tells a tale that is oh-so-relatable. “This song is about being, and having, that friend who celebrates with you during the highs and isn’t afraid to get in the trenches with you during the lows,” says Falcon in a statement. “… if you have that person you can count on to walk through life with you, it’s a game changer. When one is down, the other picks up the slack, and vice-versa. We know how lucky we are to have each other, now more than ever.”
Likewise, “Anyway” and “Put Me Back Together” tell similarly beautiful tales of enduring love, the pair celebrating the way they complement each other in the highs and lows of life. “You take me high // When I’m dropping low // And you show me places I’ve never known,” They harmonize on “Put Me Back Together.” “Even when we’re just riding // ‘Round town getting stoned // Yeah, you put me back together again.” Meanwhile, on “Anyway,” they celebrate each other’s faults and the way they love in spite of them. Here, Falcon takes the lead with Atkins providing a stunning harmony.
“Fine By Me” is a stomping country up-tempo that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on an older Little Big Town record, the pair harmonizing about country living over fiddle and steel, accentuated by a toe-tapping, hand-clapping chorus. “Look at you sitting there,” they sing. “Looking oh so fine by me.”
The EP ends with a wedding version of “Figure Out You,” a song that should be used for first dances from now to eternity, the pair cooing, “I want to spend the rest of my life trying to figure out you.” While some artists may put out wedding songs as a way to find relevance, with Rod + Rose, the offering is purely organic and you can imagine the pair singing and feeling the lyrics.
“You keep me beautifully confused // First kiss I stole I knew // I wanna spend the rest of my life trying to figure out you.”
On their first EP as a duo, Rod + Rose reveal a collection of heartfelt tracks that are sure to melt even the coldest of hearts. Their connection is palpable through their harmonies, and if that ain’t love, we don’t know what is.
Rod + Rose EP Tracklist:
- Being Here Being There
- Fine By Me
- Put Me Back Together
- Figure Out You (Wedding Version)
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