Lady Antebellum is back with their third studio album.
Three summers ago Lady Antebellum was just out on the road for the first time. I had the chance to see them at a local country festival. They took the stage and played their two big hits. The interesting thing was that people were paying attention. We’re talking about the early evening show and people were standing by their chairs and getting into the show.
It’s hard to look back and say you knew this band was going to be something, but there was something different about them. They had the confidence to know they had something special. The sounded different. They seemed poised for superstardom.
The trio came to prominence as they released single after single from their debut album. The male-female dueling vocals really caught people’s ears. And the talent and the unique sound is what got country listeners to stay intrigued by the band.
When Lady A was ready to release their sophomore set the momentum was building. The group released Need You Now – a heart breaking powerhouse ballad about a couple fighting against their own better judgement as they spent just one more night together. They were breaking up or already broken up, but they needed each other still for just a few moments.
The song became one of the biggest country hits of all time. Lady A crossed over into the pop world and really expanded the country listening audience. More singles followed and the band continued their decent.
Now Lady Antebellum has another huge hit on their hands and they’re already looking at the second single from their third studio album to be another smash.
Welcome to the world of Lady Antebellum.
Welcome to Own The Night…
Own The Night by Lady Antebellum Album Review
My first reactions to the album are that Lady Antebellum are really reaching for the big, ballad sound on this album. On their earlier albums (two whole albums I guess) there was a unique perspective from the group. They sang about young love and being confused in love. It was an interesting perspective. They sang about lust. They sang about how they were feeling as young adults. It was a fresh take on human interaction.
On this album there are some really great songs. You can see the band growing up and feeling more empowered in the world. They sing about bigger picture topics. They sing about love as adults would sing about love. The band is leaving their young adult days and moving into the world of full on adulthood.
I think it’s a good move. There are still a few great fun moments, but overall Own The Night sounds bigger and I’m sure it’s a good sign the band is moving on to even bigger things.
1. We Owned The Night
This is the second single from the set. It’s a lighthearted song. It’s an interesting way to kick things off. The band is singing about past experiences when young love was new and the feelings were flying. The people in the song don’t even know how to react to the fact that they’re falling in love. They were just going with the flow. They felt on top of the world. They felt like they owned the night. As one of the biggest concert draws in modern day music I’m sure Lady Antebellum can surely relate to these lyrics in an even bigger way.
2. Just A Kiss
Just A Kiss was the first single from the album. It was another huge number one smash hit for the trio. The song seemed to shoot to the top of the charts almost immediately and it’s been getting heavy play on radio and throughout the Internet since. It’s a song about falling in love and really feeling it even from the first kiss. When that happens we try to convince ourselves it was just a kiss, but deep down we know there is something special about this person. We can feel the connection. It’s exciting. It’s passionate. What a great song.
3. Dancin’ Away With My Heart
This is the part that caught me off guard. The album really gets started with three mid-tempo songs. I had expected a faster pace song mixed in there somewhere, but maybe my expectations were off a bit. It doesn’t really matter. This is a great track (as are the first two obviously). Again, the band is looking back on past memories. It seems to be a chance meeting of former lovers. They’re thinking back to what went wrong all those years ago. As usual, the lead vocals of Charles and Hillary is what sets this band apart. They’re at the top of their game.
4. Friday Night
After a somewhat slow beginning we get a glimpse back into the cavalier ways of Lady Antebellum. It’s Friday night and they’re out looking for a good time once again. They find someone out there with good looks and they just want that person to be their Friday night. Now that’s attitude and it makes for a great track. I’m not sure if this song will become a single, but I’m sure it’ll be a favorite of Lady A fans that get the album. We don’t have to be Monday all the time. Have some fun with your lover this Friday night.
5. When You Were Mine
If you’re listening close there are a few songs on this record where things start out a bit on the slow side and then pick up at the chorus. It’s kind of growing on me and with this track I really find myself liking the formula. The team of Lady A is once again looking back on a former love relationship. So many things were right with the relationship, but maybe they were just fooling themselves all along. It wasn’t meant to be and now it seems things didn’t fall apart. It’s a love is blind song and perhaps it really is.
6. Cold As Stone
This track sounds more old school country. From a pop-country band it’s really interesting to hear. It’s like a song from the ’60s. It’s eery. From what I can tell it’s a song about leaving. There’s a person that’s leaving. It’s another example of how unique Lady Antebellum is. They can sing from both sides of the situation. The guy is standing there watching the girl leave. And in the next verse we have the girl that’s walked away and even considered going back at one point. This is a great song; really different from others the band has done. I like it.
7. Singing Me Home
We go from sorrow to a little upbeat track. It’s quirky and fun. It’s optimistic. It’s a song about enjoying the simple things in life. There’s a couple in the car driving down the road. They’re lost in each other. They’re lost in the song on the radio. The music is turned down in the background. It’s a light song. This is a track I could see being a single next spring, which I guess might be the fourth or even fifth single by that time. Man, are these guys rolling out the hits. They’ll be talking about a Greatest Hits album soon.
8. Wanted You More
There’s a funking guitar in the beginning of this song. It sounds different from the usual. I like the way the band is mixing things up. They have a distinct sound, but they manage to change things up on each song here. It’s a great album from that perspective. This track is another song about being frustrated in love. One person in the relationship wanted the other just a little more. The love wasn’t shared equally and things didn’t work out. I’m sure you might be able to relate. Don’t lie to yourself now.
9. As You Turn Away
There’s a lot of breaking up going on in this album. I’m not sure what the band has been going through, but they’re been through some heartache if the songs are true. The girl in the song is watching her guy turn away. She keeps reaching, but he’s heading out the door. The piano is beautiful in the background. It’s actually refreshing on this track and a few others to hear the music turned down. This is the kind of song I can see the band performing on a big stage. The lights will be turned way down with just a spotlight on the two lead singers (and the piano and Dave close by). Maybe we’ll see this in November at the CMAs?
10. Love I’ve Found You
Now we’re talking. Things are rocking once again. The classic country hooks are all here in the opening instrumentation. I love this kind of song. Once again I feel like this could be another single and maybe the band will release 4 or even 5 singles from this album. There are certainly plenty of choices. The guy in this song is ready to give up the fast life of bachelorhood. He’s ready to settle down and spend Friday night with his woman. That’s what I was talking about earlier. The band is growing up and settling down into life. It’s a great perspective.
11. Somewhere Love Remains
Now things get big from the music and sound side of things. The last two tracks are the ones that really take on the world. This particular track is about a breakup (once again). The couple is going through the emotions. They’re talking to each other. They’re trying to find just a glimmer of hope that things could still work out. Somewhere there has to be some love left.
12. Heart Of The World
The album closes with the big world song. It’s taking on the heavy subject of caring for the world. There’s a big sound here. It’s an ambitious song. Listen to it a few times and you’ll start to really like it. I think it’s too slow to play well on radio, but when you’re alone and thinking about love you’ll find this to be a great track. It’s a great song to close out the set. There is hope in the world for two lost lovers.
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