I remember watching the last Grammy Awards, and thinking it was, for once, a pretty good show, what with Mick Jagger doing a great Solomon Burke tribute, and Arcade Fire winning and all. One thing was driving me nuts though. It was Lady Antebellum (awful name) winning several times, and THAT song getting played over and over. I even made up a real-life response: "It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I hate this song."
That's what I think of the trio's style: catchy but ultimately lacking in substance. Everything seems overly dramatic, and that continues on the new one. There's lots of boy-girl duets again, these poor hurt creatures dumped a million times over, usually to the accompaniment of a string section. Then there's the 70's pop duets, softer ones a la James Taylor and Carly Simon, the more electric in the grand Lindsey and Stevie tradition. Country being the new pop, you know. But even the rockiest songs aren't allowed to stray off country radio, but all that means is the token gesture of a pedal steel lick by the second verse.
That's right. I'm more interested in the liner notes than I am in the music. Oh, the CD's over. See ya.