Name: Here Comes Goodbye
Performer: Rascal Flatts
Ideas"Here Comes Goodbye" is the title of a song written by American Idol season 6 finalist Chris Sligh and Clint Lagerberg. It was recorded by the country pop group Rascal Flatts, who released it in January 2009 as their twenty-third single, and the first from their upcoming sixth album, Unstoppable. This song debuted at #29 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for February 7, 2009.
ReceptionThe song has received mixed reviews from music critics. Jim Malec of The 9513 gave it a "thumbs down" rating. His review criticized it for having an overly dramatic production in contrast to its underdeveloped lyrics, which he thought made the song sound awkward. He referred to lead singer Gary LeVox' vocals as "atypically restrained[…] richer and considerably less whiney [sic] than usual" in the first verse, but said that as the song progressed, his delivery became "hilarious in its urgency." Blake Boldt of Country Universe gave it a C rating. Boldt also thought that LeVox "gracefully handle[d]" the first verse but "tumbl[ed] into operatic tendencies toward the end." He also considered it a "copycat" of the band's 2006 single "What Hurts the Most".
Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, however, gave a more favorable review. Although he referred to the song's structure as a "well-worn power ballad path", he considered LeVox' performance "nuanced" and overall thought that the song was "better than anything on the trio's previous album, Still Feels Good."