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Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

2010-03-01 09:35
Need You Know

The music reflects their polished and primped exterior. It's country dipped in fresh, radio-friendly pop paint. It goes easy on the Southern accents and lilting violins while bumping up the keyboards and guitars. Just enough of everything to please both markets.

This is their second album and it comes hot on the heels of the first one, proving that people want what they've got to give. Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley (Katherine Heigl's brother-in-law) complement each other perfectly on vocals, and you'll never feel that one is trying to overpower the other. It's harmonious in every sense of the word. Dave Haywood completes this skillful trio with his instrumentals on guitar, piano and the mandolin nogal!

With this impressive CV they deliver the cute, unpretentious ditties. "American Honey" is a fresh lullaby to lost little girls and a somewhat imagined innocence of the American countryside. Boy do they love their All-American girls. "Somethin' Bout A Woman" follows in a similar vein, celebrating natural, backyard beauty.

"Stars Tonight" revs the tractor engine a bit with dirty riffs and a little more bass than you'd expect, while "Perfect Day" has got a perfect beat for a barn dance. These are the 'meatier' tracks, but it's hard to say they do one style better than the other. They're really just on their own wavelength.

There's little to fault here. You may be afraid to admit it, but being country ain't so bad anymore.

This cool country threesome has given their genre a shiny new pair of boots. They're probably Louboutins, too. Forget the Stetson and suede fringe. Lady Antebellum give country an image makeover.
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