2010 was the year of Lady Antebellum. The trio managed to sell over 3 million units of their Need You Now album, making it the best-selling country album of the year. They also scored a massive crossover smash hit with the title track which went on to win the group five Grammys including Record and Song of the Year honors. Now the group is trying to capitalize on the momentum of Need You Now with the first single from their upcoming album, “Just A Kiss.” Will lightening strike the band a second time?
I have to say that I am so darn proud of Lady Antebellum because unlike most of today’s country artists, I think they’ve continued to show growth with each song they release. From their debut single, “Love Don’t Live Here” to their recent top 10 smash, “Hello World,” the group has continued to show us different sides of who they are as artists and songwriters. With their newest single, “Just a Kiss,” the group once again delivers a fantastic song that is bound to become another smash hit.
The song, written by members Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood along with Dallas Davidson, puts a unique spin on the typical love song by building the song around a kiss. “Lying here with you so close to me, it’s hard to fight these feelings when it feels so hard to breathe,” sings Hillary, “caught up in this moment, caught up in your smile.” The verse’s lyrics make the reader assume that this is going to be a song about a couple’s passionate embrace, but then the chorus hits.
“We don’t need to rush this, let’s just take it slow, with just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight, just a touch of the fire burning so bright, I don’t want to mess this thing up, I don’t want to push too far…so baby I’m alright with just a kiss goodnight” From there the song turns into the couple realizing their respective partner could be “the one” and the couple chooses to take the relationship slow. The lyrics and the song’s message are universal which allows anyone to relate to them, which to me is the sign of a great song.
The production is all pop and no country, but I think it suits the song. I love how the vocals are accompanied by a beautiful piano medley as well as a fantastic string section. I think the song does a great job at keeping the production loud yet simple and doesn’t overshadow the vocal performances by Charles and Hillary, which are fantastic. I love the vulnerability each vocalist shows during their solo parts and when they sing together their vocals are even stronger.
Based on the response the song is already getting, I have a feeling it will no doubt be another number one hit for the trio, and it could also take them back down the same path that “Need You Now” did.
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