Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
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  • Summary: The second album for the Grammy-winning country trio was produced by Paul Worley.
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  1. On Need You Now, they try to define themselves outside the hive, and though the disc contains no shortage of uptempo charmers--''Perfect Day,'' ''Stars Tonight''--they're most successful when they keep to the moody minor-key stuff.
  2. The new set-Lady A's follow-up to its self-titled debut in 2008-showcases the group's ability to combine its own contemporary country sound and folk-rock flair with a familiar formula, making it a refreshing addition to the ever-expanding country genre.
  3. Kelley is far less subtle, and his meaty gestures often threaten to overwhelm the fine material. But Lady A is making progress in its effort to balance comforting clichés with new realities.
  4. The melancholy adds a little extra depth to even the most by-the-book of their songs.
  5. The band is playing on the safe side on its less vibrant and surprising sophomore release.
  6. Its attempts at gravitas--"Hello World," on which Mr. Kelley sets a promising scene ("Traffic crawls, cellphone calls, talk radio screams at me") that doesn’t resolve-- land awkwardly, and its optimistic songs, like "Our Kind of Love," teem with empty metaphor.
  7. Shaw's production and songwriting credits have long been highlighted by an intuitive approach to pop-country, but Worley pushes the group's sound in a soulless, lite-rock direction that lacks any semblance of character or distinction.

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  1. Jun 8, 2011
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    It couldn't have been a better name than "Need You Now" for the second album by country trio Lady A. The lead single "Need You Now" is a a beautiful country pop ballad and the best song of the album so far when Scott's voice really makes the song. Even she could sing it alone without needing of Kelley's voice. A simply stunning overture. Lyrics are varied as we can see in "Perfect Day", a really happy song when Scott's voice returns to show its good complement with country melodies. There's no so many differences in the rhythm of songs. Except for "Need You Now", all the songs seem similar, which make the album a little monotonous, considering this spot. Expand

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