Lady Antebellum
Need You Now


2.5
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Review

by Nathan Flynn CONTRIBUTOR (68 Reviews)
July 6th, 2010 | 23 replies | 8,683 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lady Antebellum manage to bring nothing new to the country-pop table, but sound good enough to be entertaining.

Lady Antebellum is a band that very well may have been better known for its male vocalist, Charles Kelley, being related to Katherine Heigl than for their music. until their breakthrough smash "Need You Now" tore up the airwaves. I once heard the song five times in a two hour span and decided that if a song was that popular, and Scott sounds that much like Taylor Swift, it was time to get the album. I broke into the album slowly, as I do with all country albums I get, until I was able to get through the entire thing in one sitting. It was a rather long excursion, forty-five minutes, that didn't hold my attention the entire time, but I never really found myself wanting to rip out my headphones either.

The main reason for the loss of exuberance for the album is Charles Kelley. This man could win a Chad Kroeger impersonator contest after one verse. His voice is often pushed to its gravelly limit, especially on the title track and "Hello World". When it isn't, it's approaching Garth Brooks level twang on otherwise good songs like "Our Kind of Love" and "Love This Pain." Kelley's vocals infuriate me for the most part and would probably be better off learning an instrument (the only person in Lady A that plays an instrument is guitarist/pianist/mandolinist Dave Haywood, all other instruments are played by session musicians) and singing background vocals. When hearing songs where he has a prominent role, I often cringe when I hear his verse section approaching. Meanwhile, I'm not sure if Dave Haywood's amp is broken or if he's just whispering his slide guitar lines into a mic. They are occasionally less audible than the bass and, unlike in the Zac Brown Band, could be regarded as the least important instrument that the band has in its ensemble. Haywood and Kelley are pretty much liabilities on the album.

Hillary Scott, on the other hand, is a VERY bright spot on the album. Her voice, as previously mentioned, sounds a lot like Taylor Swift's, but with more range. Scott made the album for me. Songs that feature her exclusively, like "American Honey," are my favorites on the album and it's impossible to not smile at "Perfect Day." Scott sounds as if she is having a perfect day as she's singing the song. Her voice is smooth, bubbly, and a bushel of other nice sounding adjectives. If I were her, I would test the waters of a solo career. She stands head and shoulders above her band mates and keeps Need You Now from the depths of the recycle bin.

As far as the songs go, there are many bright spots, and the lyrics are passable. However, the last two songs, which should be among the strongest on the album, are just one discordant hunk of a song. Perhaps I had just lost my attention, but iTunes tells me I've heard each song 5 times and I don't remember a note of either of them. These last two songs were big disappointments for me.

Overall, Need You Now never tries taking itself too seriously, and is often fun to listen to. Scott carries the album on her shoulders and makes it better than the fetid pile of trash that it could have been. An average listen from the average genre that is country-pop. I don't anticipate another listenable effort from this group, so get it while it's hot!

Recommended Tracks: Need You Now, American Honey, Perfect Day
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DiceMan
July 6th 2010



7068 Comments


until

Capitalize.

I really don't care much for these people. Review was fairly well done. Pos.

Maniac!
July 6th 2010



26246 Comments


This is just the horrible radio pop-country that has plagued us for decades already

TheBaneofSputnik
July 6th 2010



1525 Comments


Please don't put the word "country" in any post relating to music like this, Maniac, because it hardly resembles anything "country"

Maniac!
July 6th 2010



26246 Comments


I know that, Nick. But that is what it is generally known as. That's the only reason I said that.

TheBaneofSputnik
July 6th 2010



1525 Comments


I know, but it's blasphemy! Should be burned at the stake!

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2010



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My bad on capitalization I meant to put a semi-colon.

Charles sings in a country style, that's country enough for me

BigHans
July 6th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is absolutely not country. This is shit.

DoubtGin
July 6th 2010



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i hate this album

DiceMan
July 6th 2010



7068 Comments


Maniac is right most people do classify this as country music. And the lyrical cliches are all there (relationship issues, drinking alone, etc) and I've only heard the single.

mvdu
July 6th 2010



599 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There's some above average stuff in country/pop, but after "Need You Now," I feel this album is pretty ho-hum.

cinaedus
July 10th 2010



26298 Comments


needs a tracklist. and as for country/pop goes, brad paisley's where it's at.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

morrissey
Moderator
August 28th 2010



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've been on a bit of pop country kick over the last couple years, emphasis on the pop part. The lead single reminded me of good Kathleen Edwards, but the rest of the album is just derivative and neither memorable or particularly enjoyable. It seems like most commenters are agreeing with me on this one.

I dig Underwood and Swift, and Shania Twain if we want to go back further, but the rest of the crossover genre just isn't to my taste I guess.

loveisamixtape
August 28th 2010



5904 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

brad paisley's where it's at.


LOLOLOL

Digging: Keep - Hypnosis for Sleep

therandomness
October 29th 2010



59 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

iI'm giving this an 2 only because I think need you know is so average. and the rest of the album must sucks so yeah.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2010



15332 Comments


IM A LITTLE DRUNK AND I NEEEEEEEED YOUUU NOOWWW

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

Jarvig
November 15th 2010



168 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

One good song on that album. But thats also a very good ballad pop song. The rest is not good.

Maniac!
November 15th 2010



26246 Comments


Sowing Wtf

bab808
December 2nd 2010



456 Comments


how is this nominated for best album.....

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2010



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Because the Grammy's love bands with hit singles

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2010



15332 Comments


Sorry Maniac



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