A familiar southern twang

A familiar southern twang

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By Barry C Chung

It might be a strange name for a band, but Lady Antebellum wasn't chosen at random. The group felt their name embodied their southern United States roots - antebellum means before the civil war, so Lady Antebellum means a woman from a period before the war.

In three years, Lady Antebellum has amassed enough awards to fill an entire mantelpiece. This year they won a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for I Run to You.

The country-pop trio's second studio album, Need You Now, is produced by Paul Worley, a former Grammy winner for his work on the Dixie Chicks albums.

From beginning to end, the album has an unmistakable southern twang, with simple acoustic riffs and light piano ballads. It has a contemporary country feel to it, but lacks their usual individuality.

From the opening track, Need You Now, you feel as if you've heard the songs before, even if you haven't. Paradoxically, it's that familiarity that draws you in. You feel as if the clock's been turned back and you're listening to one of your folk's favourites.

The simple, catchy choruses add warmth to the album, and in an age where bigger and louder is better, it's a relief to cosy up to some nice, southern hospitality.

YP rating: 3/5

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