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The Reason Why

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2010 release, the Country act's first full album of new music since 2007. Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook have sold over 1.5 million albums to date and produced a collection of hits that include 'Boondocks,' 'Bring It On Home,' 'Good as Gone,' 'A Little More You,' and 'Fine Line.' ''There's a special connection between the four of us, for whatever reason,'' Westbrook says. ''Who knows why that happens? You like to think that maybe it was meant to be, and I really do believe that. This group of people came together for a purpose.''

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  2. Runaway Train 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Kiss Goodbye 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Shut Up Train 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Why, Oh Why 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Little White Church 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. You Can't Have Everything 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. All The Way Down 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • ASIN: B003NHR7VM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Stuckey VINE VOICE on August 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
LBT's harmonies soar on their fourth release. The first single "Little White church" is sassy and fun with its cheeky lyrics and contagious hand claps. "Life Rolls On" is probably the second-most singable song on the CD and is really positive. I love Phillip's husky vocals on "All Over Again" and "Kiss Goodbye", it is awesome how they switch up leads and everything clicks so well. Karen owns "Shut Up Train", a very simple bluesy song, that is so haunting. And "You Can't Have Everything" is a fantastic COUNTRY song that Kimberly sings like a bird and the pedal steel is over the top. "Lean Into It" has a great message and "Why Oh Why" with its great guitar riffs and tight harmonies. One of the best new CDs this year.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on August 30, 2010
Format: Audio CD
As anyone whos been following the music of Little Big Town since 1998 should know, this is one of those rare country bands whose lineup has never changed, and who incorporate sounds of old-time Americana in their work to such an extent that you could easily mistake their recordings for something circa 1986. Of course, this may or may not be a good thing depending upon their target audience, but things have definitely improved on "The Reason Why", which is on their fourth label (hopefully they stick to this one for a while), and noticeably their most slickly produced work to date.

Listen, theres a wide country audience out there that gives equal credit to the likes of George Strait, Brad Paisley & Miranda Lambert, and honestly, Little Big Town is neither better nor worse than those acts. What they do have in spades, perhaps even more than Rascal Flatts & Montgomery Gentry do, is some great harmonizing. Comprised of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet, the equal amount of time given to each singer is commendable, considering that on bands such as Lady Antebellum, or even The Zac Brown Band, there is always one vocalist who hogs the limelight. Not so on this recording.

Lead single "Little White Church" is ironically the weakest cut here. I was supposed to review this album for a country digest that commissioned it, and spent about two days with my promo copy, post which it became clear that this was a keeper. Not in the sense that "Revolution" by Lambert or even "Whoevers in New England" by Reba McEntire were keepers, but the harmonizing here is excellent, and brought to mind The Roches, in places.

For a fourth album, this hits all the right notes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christy McDaniel on September 13, 2010
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Hi there! I love Little Big Town's harmonies and had the pleasure of meeting them 2 times. I don't care if their last CD was a flop It had a song dear to my heart called "Only What You Make Of It". The song was comforting to me. OK, Let's get on with reviewing "The Reason Why" CD, Let's talk about the songs on it:

1. "The Reason Why" One of the tracks I heard at the Throwdown Tour. Karen and Jimi do this song as a duet(something Charles and Hillary of Lady A would do). It's also 1 of my fave tracks on the CD!

2. "Runaway Train" No, this is not the cover of the Soul Asylum hit, Jimi wrote this himself. The song does sound like a train going fast. Another 1 I heard on the Throwdown Tour. Like this 1 too.

3. "Kiss Goodbye" A song co-written by Hillary Lindsey (Who wrote for Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride among others). Phillip sings lead and plays piano on it. The harmonies for this song sound like it would've been on Little Big Town's first CD.

4. "Shut Up Train" Another song co-written by Hillary Lindsey. Karen's voice is totally beautiful on this and the harmonies too. I kinda don't get this song. Is Karen telling a train to shut up?

5. "Why Oh Why" Little Big Town opens their sets with this song at the moment. It was co-written by Jonathan Singleton. Kimberly's lead vocal really rocks on it!
Did I mention they start the song a capella?

6. "Little White Church" The first single off the CD about as big as "Boondocks"! It's a catchy song kinda copies "Single Ladies" by Beyonce. The hand claps go great with this song and Karen has a strong vocal on this one too. I can't even get this tune out of my head!!

7. "You Can't Have Everything" Kimberly's voice and LBT's harmonies are gorgeous on this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liam F. on September 25, 2010
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I've been following Little Big Town since the release of "THE ROAD TO HERE" and have been an ardent fan since. Their approach to folkish, rootsy music is a breath of fresh air. Their music is honest and down-to-earth; there is no artificial flamboyance to this band. That all 4 are lead vocalists in this band adds to the wonder. And of course, when all four sing together, Little Big Town becomes a classic example of the sum of parts being infinitely greater than the individual components.

"THE REASON WHY" continues to retain all of the elements that make Little Big Town so special, plus a little bit more of the major studio magic (given that this is the first official release from a major recording label by the band - all their previous releases were independent).

So, what's different?
1. The songs have more oomph. "THE ROAD TO HERE" and "A PLACE TO LAND" had great songs, but those songs lacked development and taking it a further step to brilliance. Current bands that do this well - U2, Coldplay. Now include Little Big Town. "Shut Up Train" is a good example, on the 2 aforementioned albums, the song would likely have ended at 3:00. Instead, it gets a 45-second extension that makes it so much more memorable and emotional. "Kiss Goodbye" is tellingly going to be a crowd favourite, imagine the sheer epic-ness of the chorus and the song that just continues to build to the magnificent climax. I can already hear them perform this live. The opening track, "The Reason Why" is explosive as an album opener.
2. Singing is styled to fit the mood of the song. The Western grit is clearly evident in the opening lines and excellent note-holding in "Runaway Train", a stomp your feet on the ground country rocker. "Yeah, I sold my guitar for a diamond riiiinnnnggggg..."...
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