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Single Review: Lady Antebellum – ‘I Run To You’

Lady Antebellum

As I usually am when I review singles, I’m really bored. When I posted my poll for the Grammy for Best New Artist (here), I decided to make a playlist on iTunes of the 4 debut albums of the 4 nominees I actually like. Since I was snowed in since Tuesday, I was forced to finish applying for various scholarships. I had to do most, if not all, of the applications on the computer, so I got to listen to that playlist a lot this week. “I Run To You” seemed to turn up a lot… I knew it was a single, and I knew that I liked the song, but I just couldn’t pin down why.

Then it hit me this morning: it’s entirely the vocals. As with all of Lady Antebellum’s material, the lyrics and ideas behind the songs are mostly bland and uninspired, but the two lead vocalists- Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott- usually save the songs from mediocrity. Whether on “Love Don’t Live Here” where Kelley’s distinctive lead vocals are so good that you can’t ignore it, or the fun back and forth banter of “Lookin’ For A Good Time”, these two singers always save the songs. Luckily, this single goes the same way.

In this case, the two sing together, duet-style, mostly in harmony. The premise of the song is about how when “this world keeps spinning faster”, there’s that person that you run to- who saves you. The same idea as Kenny Chesney’s “You Save Me” or The Dixie Chicks’ “Easy Silence”, just to name a few. Just the fact that I can rattle off songs with the same exact idea shows how bland the idea is (With the Chick’s song being the standout; listen to it here). What makes “I Run To You” different is how Kelley and Scott literally sing to each other as a “couple”. As always, Kelley has the superior vocals, with some very nice falsetto, but Scott does a great job as well, and I’m really starting to like her voice. Even better are the harmony vocals that start early on in the song and continue throughout. This song shows how well they really sing together, and I think they would be much better off if all of their songs sounded this good.

As for the production, it’s obviously very not-country, something I seem to be saying way too much in these single reviews, but we already know that. There’s no fiddle, steel guitar or any semblance of country music evident anywhere in the song, but I honestly don’t have a huge problem with it in this song. For a pop-country song, I just love the way it sounds! It has a nice drum-beat in the background, and it just sounds smooth. I can’t even really describe it, it just sounds great. I also like how the background noise is quieter so the vocals really stand out. It’s much better than in “Lookin’ For A Good Time” where it feels like the singers are getting lost in the mix of loud instruments. The quieter sound of this song lets the harmonies really shine, and shine they do.

This song should do well at radio, I don’t see why not. It’s a good pop-country song, and one of the few Lady Antebellum songs I really like. I just wish they would get more original songs instead of re-writing other songs, then they would probably be my favorite group.

Grade: B+

Written by: Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Tom Douglas

Listen here at Last.fm!

8 responses to “Single Review: Lady Antebellum – ‘I Run To You’

  1. Occasional Hope January 31, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Good luck with your scholarship applications.

    I guess Lady Antebellum are talented; the problem is that nothing I’ve heard from them sounds remotely country to me (even pop-country), just pop, and it’s just not interesting to me.

  2. Billy January 31, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    This was my second favourite song off of their album, after Long Gone. It may be an overdone idea, but I love the song anyway. I think that if Lady A keeps doing what they’re doing, they’ll eventually overtake Rascal Flatts. (Which would be a welcome change.)

  3. Billy January 31, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Oh, and good luck with the scholarships. I’m going to have start filling those things out next year…I’m not really looking forward to it.

  4. Razor X February 9, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I’m with Hope on this one. This the sort of thing that used to get played on AC radio back in the 1980s.

  5. Sean February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    I would have preferred to have Lady A release “All We’d Ever Need” as a slower single, but I do like this song.

  6. Margie August 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Y’all are crazy. Who cares what kind of music it really is?? Lady A is an amazing band and I think you’re all being ridiculasly harsh on them. They’re brand new. They still have plenty of time to grow as artist’s amd I think they’re off to an amazing start. When I first heard their album. Ilistened to it for weeks and hated listening to anything else. That’s how good they are.

  7. J Michael January 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    We did this number in our Praise band last Sunday, but substituting “Baby” with “Jesus” in the lyrics, and it worked great. Of course, our guitar picker is a clear-toned tenor, and the girl vocalist has the exact same range so it was bound to work out well.

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