They’re young, they’re hot and most important of all, they are damned good. Their breakout single “Love Don’t Live Here” kicks off the album with a sound that brings to mind what Hootie and The Blowfish might have sounded like had they gone country instead of pop. Of course, Lady Antebellum has their share of pop sensibility on this album. Sometimes they sound like a country version of Casting Crowns (“I Run to You”), and at others (especially “Long Gone”) they sound a lot like Sugarland.
Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood formed Lady Antebellum while hanging at the Nashville-area home of Charles’ brother during the summer of 2006. Their unique sound is a blend of classic country, 1960’s R&B and 1970s singer-songwriters, all presented with a definite contemporary edge.
This is one of those great summertime albums, perfect for cranking up on the open road or while cruising the strand at Myrtle Beach with the top down on the convertible. In a day and age when there is a hell of a lot of cookie cutter country music out there, it is a breath of fresh air to hear a record that I want to actually play more than once. Lady Antebellum will get a lot of plays in my CD changer this summer. It’s fresh - and the songs are good. Ain’t that what it’s all about.
-Michael Buffalo Smith