Review: Lady Antebellum "American Honey"

I met Lady Antebellum for the first time back in September of 2008 when they performed in a local high school auditorium just one day after learning they’d been nominated for their first CMA awards. Back then, I knew it was only a matter of time before they’d become one of country’s most popular groups. However, I never thought, a year and a half later, they’d be named the CMA’s Vocal Group of the Year and spending 5 weeks atop the country singles chart. But, Charles, Hillary, and Dave have proven they’ve got what it takes to take country music by storm. To continue their rise to superstardom, they’ve released the follow up single to their smash, “Need You Now,” and it’s another sure fire hit.

“American Honey” finds Lady A using a more country sound to deliver a story of wanting to revisit the days of innocence in a person’s life. The production is great with plenty of country sounds that have been all but silent in recent country singles. The strings at the end of the song add an even more feel good emotion to an already upbeat song. Having Hillary take the lead vocals was an excellent idea as Scott brings her raspy, soulful voice to the song. Not to be outshined, Charles and Dave bring their best vocals while harmonizing with Hillary throughout the song. Look for this single to climb up the charts just as fast as their previous ones have.

(Lady Antebellum’s sophomore album, Need You Now, hits stores on January 26 and you can see them live on Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice tour 2010.)

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