Country music fans, fret no more! Country favorite Little Big Town is back with their newest album “Tornado” and it certainly lives up to its name.
Little Big Town, notorious for such hits as “Little White Church,” “Boondocks,” and their newest hit single off their new album, “Pontoon,” have made a splash not only in the country music industry over the past several years, but also on my list of favorite country music artists. Therefore, I was thrilled to hear that they were releasing a brand new album.
The album begins with a classic country tune “Pavement Ends.” The song is filled with banjos and a stereotypical summery, southern sound, a perfect opener for an equally southern album. “Pontoon” appears next, a 2012 summer hit and an homage to those days we spend relaxing on a lake with our “koozies” and “motorboatin’.” The song became Little Big Town’s first number one single.
“Sober” is one of the slower songs on the album. It’s a classic love song, with a twist. “When I die, I don’t wanna go sober,” the song says. An interesting lyric, representing love as a kind of drug, and how necessary it is for us all to be a bit “drunk” on love.
As an avid Little Big Town fan, I’ve come to recognize certain quirks about their music, one of those being the acapella singing they choose to do at the beginning of some songs. “Front Porch Thing” showcases this. With LBT’s notorious harmonies, the song is reminiscent of a Southern gospel song with a bit of a rock and roll beat to it.
“Your Side Of The Bed” is a slower, sadder song. It seems to depict a deteriorating marriage. It is taken from both the husband and wife’s point of view and is also turned into a beautiful duet. “Leavin’ In Your Eyes” is another pretty tune on the album, laced with harmonies. Similar to “Your Side Of The Bed,” the song is a slower song on the album, but it doesn’t take away from its beauty.
The title track is “Tornado.” There is only one phrase that came to mind when I heard the song and that is girl power anthem. “I’m a tornado, looking for a man to break,” the song says. The song is a testament to the fact that there truly is nothing like a woman scorned.
“On Fire Tonight” is another country anthem. It is probably the album’s go to party song if there ever was one. The song is a happy, go-lucky party song and that makes it that much more enjoyable to listen to.
The harmonies that LBT provides will never fail to amaze me, and this is especially evident in the next song on the album, “Can’t Go Back.” The harmonies enhance the already beautiful lyrics and make it a truly touching song.
One of my favorite songs on the album comes with the next song “Self Made.” It is not only inspirational, but there is something about the lyrics combined with the rhythm and music that just makes you truly believe what the song is about, that you are responsible for your own life.
The album ends with a sweet tune called “Night Owl.” It is reminiscent of old, folky sounding country. Once again, the harmonies are beautiful, and paired with sweet guitar melodies, it is the perfect ending to a wonderful album.
Little Big Town has once again swept through the country music world with their new album. With its perfect mix of classic country and exciting pop country songs, I would be surprised if this album does not move quickly to the top of the country music charts, destroying everything in its path, possibly like a tornado…