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Album Review: Lady Antebellum 747

Posted on October 04, 2014 in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture
By Krysteana Scribner

Krysteana Scribner | The Free Press

Last month, country band Lady Antebellum released their new album, 747, which features 11 different songs that focus on the topics of love, loss and important life lessons.

This band is well known for their songs such as “Need You Now” and “Just A Kiss” which were featured on their previous hit album Golden. This time around, the band wanted to create songs that not only stayed true to their original sound, but strayed away from their typical country songs and had a different variety of instruments than previously featured.

This album was written on the road and recorded during breaks in the band’s 2014 headlining tour. 747 has less string instruments and more electric guitars, which makes for a unique combination with the vocalists. Featuring upbeat lyrics and triple-stacked harmonies, Lady Antebellum keeps their old sounds alive while still adding that extra flair to keep their songs popular.

The album’s hit single, “Bartender,” reached number one on the “U.S. Country Airplay” in early September. This song tells the story of how one woman wants to forget a man who broke her heart, so she goes out to a bar with her friends in order to forget her sorrows. “Eight o’clock on Friday night I’m still at home / All my girls just keep on blowing up my phone / Saying come on he ain’t worth the pain / Do what you gotta do to forget his name.” This song features bass, drums and a banjo to create a unique combination that leaves listeners humming the tune all day.

Each song in this album was written using drums, bass and guitars rather than just piano or acoustic guitar, which overall allowed them to push themselves out of their comfort zone and write in a style that would allow them to stray away from their country norm.

Another song on their new album, “I Did With You,” features the male vocalist Charles Kelly with accompaniment from the female vocalist Hillary Scott. Instruments such as piano, drums and the quiet strums of guitar are featured in this song, which creates an entrancing beat that feels genuine and true to the emotions portrayed in the lyrics. This song tells the story of two lovers who are no longer together, and it is only after everything between them has fallen apart that they can fully understand the true meaning of love. “Love comes in circles / And love takes its own time / Bending and breaking, not taking a straight line / I never knew, I never loved timeless and true / Oh, I did, yeah I did with you.”

Another one of their hit songs, “Downtown,” features guitarist Dave Haywood throughout the song as he plays a continuous, catchy beat. Kelly leads the song off with playful lyrics, and Scott harmonizes with her. Together, the two sing the lyrics that tell the story of one woman who is waiting for her man to show her off to the world after he continually lets her down on date nights. “I’m only counting on your cancellation, / When I should be counting on you at my door. / Did you forget about how we went around, / I don’t know why you don’t take me downtown anymore.”

Overall, Lady Antebellum has figured out a way to make their music sound new and fresh without overdoing their typical country style sound. Their previous albums have delighted mainly country lovers, yet 747 leaves their comfort zone and allows for different audiences to see that not all country singers sound the same. These amazing songs are definitely worth a listen, for both country and pop fans alike.

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