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Lady Antebellum- Lady Antebellum
Long-awaited debut freshens up country
Lady A Name: "Lady Antebellum "
Label: Capitol Nashville
Release Date: April 15, 2008
My rating: 4.6 out of 5

Review written by: Cristina Carrazza
Lady Antebellum’s first release has been a long awaited one. Their first single “Love Don’t Live Here” has gained them a tremendous amount of recognition. Without having a full record out, the band has already claimed a couple of CMT nominations, opening gigs for some of the biggest names in country music and a growing fan base. The trio composed of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood prove with this self -debut album that their music is far more than a one hit wonder. Clearly, Lady Antebellum is here to stay.

The album opens with the first single. This song is the epitome of Lady Antebellum’s sound: fresh instrumentals with amazing harmonies from Hillary and Charles. The song is definitely catchy and fun – you will find yourself singing along to it sooner or later. 

“Lookin’ For a Good Time” opens with a more guitar driven beat. This song is stronger instrumentally – it is bound to become a fan favorite. Charles dominates most of the lead vocals with some harmony from Hillary in the chorus.

Slowing down with a string-driven introduction is “All We’d Ever Need.” Hillary and Charles divide the song, showing off their amazing vocals. This song proves that trio can play slow, melancholic songs just as well as their fun, upbeat songs.

“Long Gone” is one of Scott’s song from her pre-Antebellum time. She sings most of the song herself with harmonies from Charles. The vocals are outstanding – she is a strong singer. The lyrics are very raw, real and poetic. This a beautiful anthem that every girl will definitely relate to.

Probably my favorite song from the album, “I Run To You” is an amazing song both lyrically and musically. It deals with prejudice, hate, and the power of love. At the same time, it is accompanied by fun, catchy melodies. This is yet another example of the band’s talent for songwriting.

“Home Is Where The Heart” is the best song in the album musically speaking. Beginning with a piano driven introduction, the song has hunting chord changes and incredible background vocals. Hillary takes the lead again in most of the verses – again, she has an amazing pure voice that compliments the sound Lady Antebellum is trying to captivate.

“Things People Say” is another slow, string driven song. Charles sings most of the vocals on this one. The lyrics are very personal and relatable. Again, the harmonies between Hillary and Charles during the chorus are chilling.

Another of my favorite songs is “Slow Down Sister.” The melody is extremely fun and catchy. You will definitely find yourself singing along to the chorus before the song is even chorus. Probably the best aspect of the song is the fact that it is all in harmony. The instrumentals and fun and extremely catchy. This song sounds like another promising hit single.

Slowing down once again, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” It is a nice romantic ballad, with vocals coming mostly from Hillary. The strings in the background complement the lyrics very nicely.

Ending the album in an inspiring note is “One Day You Will.” The lyrics are outstanding. The melody nicely accompanies the tone of the theme. It is a very uplifting song – a perfect way to end the record.

Overall, “Lady Antebellum” is probably one of the best country albums I have listened to in a while. Even if you are not a country music fan, definitely give this album a try. I am sure everyone can appreciate different aspects of it. Every single song is different but at the same time, they maintain that fresh sound throughout. Lady Antebellum promises to be a successful group. Hillary, Dave and Charles are here to stay. They will definitely leave their mark in the world of country music for a while.

Michelle MitchellCristina Carrazza is a staff writer with Musiqtone. You can contact her at cristinacarrazza@musiqtone.com or fill out this feedback form below.

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