Little Big Town has been on the biggest high since last year’s “Pontoon” barreled them into the top of the charts. Their album, Tornado, was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2012 and scored them a CMA nomination for Album of the Year. After stumbling a bit on the charts with the album’s third single, “Your Side of the Bed,” the quartet is ready to top the charts with one of the group’s finest singles of its career.
“Sober” is one of those songs that just gets everything right. Songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose, and Lori McKenna build an incredible love song around one of the most relatable metaphors in country music. The subtle and exquisite mandolin driven production breathes the perfect amount of life into the captivating melody. The song is elevated to pure perfection with Kimberly Schlapman’s stunningly sweet lead vocal performance that provides warmth and honesty. The remaining members of the group offer their usual tight, outstanding harmonies to support Schlapman’s lead. Overall this single blends all the elements to create an exceptional masterpiece.
Today’s country music has become extremely repetitive that it’s difficult to hear anything unique and refreshing. “Sober” provides that breath of fresh air that country radio so desperately needs. This is one of the year’s landmark singles and a marvelous addition to an already impressive catalog from Little Big Town.