Review : Lady Antebellum - Lady Antebellum
BillboardNot only is this one of the best new-artist debuts in recent memory (think Dixie Chicks in 1998), Lady Antebellum's self-titled set will go down as one of the year's best, period. The singing/songwriting combination of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and multi-instrumentalist Dave Haywood is fresh and mature. The trio's unique vocal arrangement—Kelley's blue-eyed soul leads on some songs, Scott effortlessly leads on others, and the two also duet—sets them apart. "Love Don't Live Here" is driven by Kelley's powerful vocal, while Scott shines on the defiant "Long Gone" and the romantic "Can't Take My Eyes off You." "All We'd Ever Need" and "I Run to You" finds the pair seamlessly intertwining in the tradition of Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris....full text
BostonFans of mainstream country music should definitely make space on their shelves and hard drives for this strong debut. While their name conjures visions of dainty movie heroines from the Civil War era, singer-songwriters Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott are firmly rooted in the contemporary.
A rare find in any genre, the entire album holds up from stem to stern as the group deftly gives Nashville what it needs in terms of melody and production polish while mostly sidestepping assembly-line banalities. Drawing on a variety of textures and drenched in bright harmonies, the songs evoke influences as disparate as Greg Allman, Tim McGraw, Elton John, and the Dixie Chicks....full text
AllmusicLady Antebellum is a two-guys-and-a-girl trio comprised of co-lead singers Charlie Kelley and Hillary Scott with multi-instrumentalist Dave Haywood. The group is also a songwriting collective, a Nashville rarity, co-writing most of the songs on its self-titled debut album. The three may have come up with material as good as what a publisher could have provided, although they never stray too far from formula, as reused titles like "Love Don't Live Here," "Long Gone," "I Run to You," "Home Is Where the Heart Is," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," suggest. Love is true or false, depending on the song, or it's forgotten in the honky tonk haze of "Lookin' for a Good Time." Kelley has a sturdy country baritone, but he sometimes sounds a bit too pleased with his own rich tone and comes off mannered....full text
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