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Lady Antebellum

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A powerhouse trio comprising Hillary Scott, Charley Kelley, and Dave Haywood, Lady Antebellum is charging out of the box with what's not only the strongest country debut of early 2008 but a record that could become a mainstream classic. Terrific original songs, expressive singing, and striking country-rock arrangements mark the group's turf right from the git-go, in the album-opening hit single, "Love Don't Live Here." "Looking for a Good Time" follows, a driving, pull-no-punches expression of lust for a one-night stand, featuring ferocious guitar riffing and dramatic give-and-take vocal trade-offs between Scott and Kelley. No nihilists or hedonists this trio, though: ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A powerhouse trio comprising Hillary Scott, Charley Kelley, and Dave Haywood, Lady Antebellum is charging out of the box with what's not only the strongest country debut of early 2008 but a record that could become a mainstream classic. Terrific original songs, expressive singing, and striking country-rock arrangements mark the group's turf right from the git-go, in the album-opening hit single, "Love Don't Live Here." "Looking for a Good Time" follows, a driving, pull-no-punches expression of lust for a one-night stand, featuring ferocious guitar riffing and dramatic give-and-take vocal trade-offs between Scott and Kelley. No nihilists or hedonists this trio, though: about the time you catch your breath, the Antebellums settle into "All We'd Ever Need," a regret-filled power ballad detailing the narrator's all-consuming guilt over losing a good thing; it's a dynamic tour de force that makes all the right moves. "Long Gone" follows, echoing with Byrds and Springsteen flourishes in the rich organ support and cascading guitar lines as Scott and Kelley blend in captivating harmony, documenting the transformation of a once-gullible gal who's heard all the lines, all the promises, and is "gone like the wind under Superman's cape." It's as heartless a kiss-off song as country music has produced in the past couple of decades, and despite its bitter, backbiting reflections, it's delightfully rockin' when it kicks into high gear. For Lady Antebellum, it looks like things will only get better from here.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lady Antebellum is a two-guys-and-a-girl trio comprised of co-lead singers Charlie Kelley and Hillary Scott with multi-instrumentalist Dave Haywood. The group is also a songwriting collective, a Nashville rarity, co-writing most of the songs on its self-titled debut album. The three may have come up with material as good as what a publisher could have provided, although they never stray too far from formula, as reused titles like "Love Don't Live Here," "Long Gone," "I Run to You," "Home Is Where the Heart Is," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," suggest. Love is true or false, depending on the song, or it's forgotten in the honky tonk haze of "Lookin' for a Good Time." Kelley has a sturdy country baritone, but he sometimes sounds a bit too pleased with his own rich tone and comes off mannered. Scott, by contrast, seems to know that her voice can't match Kelley's for distinctiveness, so she works harder at coming up with striking phrasing and emotional force. The contrast gives their duets a chemistry that is the band's strongest element. Producers Victoria Shaw and Paul Worley give the record a pop
ock sound, with plenty of guitars and rhythmic punch, the better to goose a little more feeling from the singers. At this point, Lady Antebellum is a group that seems to know the basics of contemporary country but isn't ready to move beyond them or redefine them for its own ends. Still, this is a good beginning.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2008
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099950320622
  • Catalog Number: 03206
  • Sales rank: 9,437

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lady Antebellum Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
David Angell Violin
Bruce Bouton Dobro, Steel Guitar
John Catchings Cello
Chad Cromwell Drums, Tambourine, Shaker
David Davidson Violin
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Jim Grosjean Viola
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Victoria Shaw Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Bruce Williams Drums
Paul Worley Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Michael Rojas Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Craig Young Bass
Karen Winkelmann Violin, Viola
Dave Haywood Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Hillary Scott Vocals, Group Member
Jason "Slim" Gambill Electric Guitar, Soloist
Rob McNelley Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Soloist
Sari Reist Cello
Charles Kelley Vocals
Technical Credits
Victoria Shaw Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Kristin Wilkinson String Arrangements
Paul Worley Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Erik Hellerman Engineer
Clarke Schleicher Engineer
Adrienne Follesé Composer
Glenn Sweitzer Logo Design
Dave Haywood Composer, Liner Notes
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Clayton Mills Composer
Hillary Scott Composer, Liner Notes
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Jason "Slim" Gambill Composer
Keith Follesé Composer
Matthew Lopez Composer
Jason Deere Composer
Charles Kelley Composer
Tom Douglas Composer
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    Rascal Flatts Watch Out For This Bunch!!

    This is Lady Antebellum's first album and they absolutely hit the mark! The lyrics are amazing and their voices amazing both on the Cd and Live. The song variety is great from their upbeat songs to their more serious songs, I love every song. This I might add is very rare for me to like a whole Cd. I cant wait until they release their next Cd, knowing it will be full of their talent. I hope more people will listen to this group and realize the same thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great set of songs from beginning to end

    Lady A does it well. The set is great from beginning to end with a good mix of tunes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Selections are messed up!

    Wow, can't even listen to the songs on this page because the selection clips are entirely mixed up! What a bummer!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Barnes & Noble Screws Up Clip Links, Does Disservice to a Good Group.

    I am encouraged to buy this album, and probably will, but not by the sound clips here. The music is okay, but the links to the clips are all screwed up. Not one of them plays the songs they're supposed to and in some cases, two different links play the same song, which also doesn't match it's link text. Somebody from Barnes & Noble really needs to fix this...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lady Antebllum

    A must have that is for sure!!! I L.O.V.E. the cd, I feel in love with their single “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and decided that I had to have the cd. My hubby even likes it and he doesn’t like country music. Can’t wait to see them at CMA Fest in June.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    worth buying

    This cd is worth the money you pay for it. It is a great debut cd from an awesome group. I would recommend it to everyone.

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