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For Seven-time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum, their upcoming fourth Capitol Records Nashville release GOLDEN out May 7 was figuratively and literally borne on the move.

The harmony-based trio and its sizeable fan base bonded heavily during the band s headlining Own The Night World Tour an over-sized road trip, if there ever was one. The shows themselves were inspirational. But so was the time offstage. Lady A made a point of experimenting and creating with its road band as the one-nighters and the miles of travel piled up. That behind-the-scenes interaction inspired much of the music on GOLDEN, an instantly infectious project in which Lady A discovered new edges for its already successful foundation.

We were just kind of in that live show mindset for this album, said Lady A s Dave Haywood. We had that perspective of being on a tour and having seen what translates in an arena. We have a better idea what kind of songs are so relatable where it shakes everybody like, Oh, my God, I ve totally been there.

Every band I love that s been here for a long time has reinvented itself in some way, added Charles Kelley. There s a balance to it. I get a little annoyed when people reinvent themselves too much because there s a reason people fell in love with you in the first place, but I think it s important not to regurgitate the same stuff over and over again.

Lady Antebellum s familiar, established blend remains firmly intact, but there s a sense of renewal about it, too. Lady A and veteran producer Paul Worley return as co-producers on GOLDEN, a reinvented version of Lady A that s familiar but simultaneously unlike any of its predecessors. It s an achievement that comes from the band s journey, and from its willingness to risk. Downtown, GOLDEN s funky lead single, first announced the new direction in January. The band gave it an energetic, playful performance with a noticeably cleaner production than the previous album. The recording uses fewer instruments each of them framed distinctly in the sound and Scott delivers the lead vocal with a full-on attitude that s never been completely realized in previous recordings.

We embraced risk, noted Hillary Scott. When you are pushing yourself to not go back to the same well, you re gonna come up with something different, or you ll find songs that are different. And that s what happened on this album.

In some ways, GOLDEN also reaffirms the very beginnings of Lady Antebellum. The project focuses on deft songwriting and fresh uses of their talents, which was at the heart of what drew them together in the first place. In the end, the mix of their road experiences, songwriting and challenging outside songs adds a brightness to the album that s reflected in the GOLDEN title.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Country trio Lady Antebellum have sculpted a fine career for themselves over the year. After multiple Grammys and continued commercial success, the trio haven't attempted to shake up their sound because, honestly, why should they? "If Ain't Broke, don't fix it" right? Because of this philosophy, Golden is merely a good album, but not an exciting or innovative one. This is an album that should be 'just what the doctor ordered' to Lady A fans, but to more casual listeners, may not strike an earth-shattering chord. The standard cues are always in place: beautiful vocal blend between Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott and alternation of the lead, songwriting/guitar contributions from Dave Haywood, and somewhat conservative, thoughtful production work.

"Get To Me" opens solidly, but it isn't exceptionally engaging. It does the 'expected', but just leaves the desire to take things up a notch. "Goodbye Town" falls into a similar boat, this time with Charles Kelly handling lead duties. The biggest detraction with "Goodbye Town" is that it feels as if it will never end. At the end, Kelley is given too much free time to ad lib unnecessarily. Things look up with the proceeding trio of "The First Time", "Downtown" and "Better Off Now (That You're Gone)", which are stronger. Sure, the formula remains much the same, but all three cuts seem to have more polish than either "Get To Me" or "Goodbye Town" did.

"It Ain't Pretty" is pretty good, summed up by lyric "It ain't pretty when a heart breaks", but still it doesn't ruffle many feathers. "Can't Stand The Rain" remains conservative in sound, though grows in intensity on the chorus.
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The songs play like a 45-minute daze of professional country pop. Nothing really memorable, even the recent #1 hit "Downtown" feels a bit watered down. Lady A plays it safe first and foremost. Not too much country, just enough to keep country radio playing them. Just enough pop to nearly soften out any hard edges, and turn Lady A into a borderline country/soft rock band.

While nothing on this CD is bad, nothing is really memorable, either. I think Lady A needs to take more chances on future releases, or risk giving up country radio for AC (adult contemporary) radio.

Edit: It's now 6 months since my initial review, and while I generally stand by it, I would like to add that this CD has grown on me, and even though it borders on AC, it's so well done that it's hard to complain about it. So much so, that I have increased my review from 3 to 4 stars.
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I am just going to write my overall review and not go through track-by-track, at least not at this time. My initial opinion is that this album feels rushed and incomplete. The songs feel incomplete and in a flash the album is over before you knew it begun, and without any spine tingling moments! They build towards climax without satisfactory release. Barely a song over 4 minutes, nothing that pushes the limits, everything feels like a safe bet, status quo.

In my opinion, ALL FOR LOVE and IT AIN'T PRETTY are the best tracks on the album. However, they are crazy short. IT AIN'T PRETTY has potential, but the plot of the song never really develops, one minute she is driving to the bar, the next she is calling a cab and doing the walk of shame. The song builds and climaxes withing two minutes, my girlfriend wouldn't put up w/ that, and neither should we!

The vocals and guitar are the strong points. Hillary and Charles' chemistry is nothing short of amazing, as it always is. The Album would thrive best live...but as a standalone work, I am afraid GOLDEN will quickly get lost among 2013's Brilliant releases such as THE BAND PERRY'S:PIONEER and TIM MCGRAW'S: TWO LANES TO FREEDOM.
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This is yet another great fourth studio album by the very successful and popular country-pop trio Lady Antebellum. The 7 times Grammy Award winners had a X-mas album (covers) in 2012 titled 'On This Winter's Night'. Fans have waited since their 2011 CD release 'Own The Night' for new material. The new CD release is titled 'Golden' (12 new tracks) and the trio has decided to use less instruments during the recording process : but their music is still sound great despite this change from this talented bunch.

Stand-outs/gems/my favourites are "Nothin' Like The First Time" (wonderful melody & vocals; great guitar & drums playing), "Better Off Now (That You're Gone)", "Long Teenage Goodbye" (mid-tempo track with great melody) & "Better Man" (beautiful guitar work & melody). Good tracks include the opening track "Get To Me" (great harmonies), "Goodbye Town" (this is the second single from this album), "It Ain't Pretty" (slow-tempo track), "Can't Stand The Rain", "Golden" (slow-tempo-ed title track) & the closing track "Generation Away". Okay tracks are "Downtown" (this is the first single) & "All For Love".

On overall, Lady Antebellum does not disappoint in this new CD release 'Golden', great compositions, execution and production. A recommended CD listening.
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