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Single Review: Lady Antebellum – ‘Need You Now’

Need you nowReading the other day, I was surprised that Lady Antebellum was already promoting a new album- after three hit singles from their debut album. Lady A’s trade mark is slick pop-country, like their most recent hit, “I Run To You” (Read the review here), something that can be good if done right.

Thankfully, their new single “Need You Now” is not overproduced like “I Run To You” was, but it ends up being an enjoyable slice of pop-country. Driven by acoustic and electric guitars accented by some pretty piano fills, the song is a good sounding mid-tempo track. “Need You Now” continues the duet-style vocals of their last two singles, but here Hillary Scott takes most of the lead vocals, something a little different from Lady A’s first 3 singles. This makes them feel more like an equal partnership vocal duo, something unique in today’s market. With Sugarland being the mostly-Jennifer-Nettles show and Brooks & Dunn being mostly Dunn (Not for long, though…), it’s nice to hear Lady A. split the lead vocals mostly equally. Luckily Scott succeeds in giving a great performance that never becomes bombastic, but stays reserved and calm.

While this song doesn’t sound very country, it’s a sad song with a similar story line to Lee Ann Womack’s “I May Hate Myself In The Morning”, only not as good. After a nasty break-up and a few drinks, early in the morning they realize that they need each other and make that tricky call. It’s a plot that keeps this song slightly tethered to country music, and makes for good music, while not really being novel. This song is much more interesting than the rest of the material on their first album, so hopefully this will bode well for their sophomore album that is due out in 2010.

Listen to “Need You Now” on Lady A’s blog and Last.fm, or buy it off iTunes.

Grade: B+

Written by: Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Josh Kear

9 responses to “Single Review: Lady Antebellum – ‘Need You Now’

  1. Razor X August 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I probably don’t need to say this; it won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but I don’t like this song. This is a very boring and overrated group.

    • Chris August 11, 2009 at 9:23 pm

      I’m not surprised, and I completely understand.

      I really like their voices together and this song is probably my favorite song of theirs, but they still can do better I think.

  2. J.R. Journey August 11, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I just now got a chance to hear this, but I like it quite a bit. I think Lady Antebellum is one of the best new acts to emerge in the past 5 years or so, and I just really like the sound of Charles and Hillary’s voices together, not to mention their material.

    This is definitely pop-country done right.

  3. Occasional Hope August 12, 2009 at 2:50 am

    I guess I’m somewhere in between – I do think they’re talented, but they have little to do with country (even at its most pop), and this song at least is boring.

  4. Joe August 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I am OVER THE MOON for this song.

    I’ve long been on the fence for Lady Antebellum; I just sort of liked the first single, enjoyed the attitude of the second and liked the third (however forgettable it was).

    I don’t mind a good contemporary-sounding song every now and then but, having said that, there’s something about this one — the melody in particular — that just has me uncontrollably hooked. I’ve listened to it about six times now, over the past hour, and I can’t get enough.

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