Sunday, September 18, 2011

***Official SAU Report Card*** Lady Antebellum "Own The Night"

The "Tennessee Titans", Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood,& Hillary Scott aka Lady Antebellum, have released their third effort titled "Own The Night". With a slight slip in sales (although projected to hit # 1 next week) with sales around 275k-300k compared to their MONSTER previous album "Need You Now" hitting 481k in the first week, what separates "Need You Now" from "Own The Night"? In my opinion the lack of prolific melodies. It's one thing to have beautiful, compelling, lyrics of reasonable real life relationship problems that the average couple deal with, but adding to that cup of beautiful lyrics you need a splash of melodic diversity each and every time.

At times listening to "Own The Night" sounds like one big song, but with the actual flow of the album, it could be reminiscent of that beautiful country "story telling" staple that keeps the listeners ears.

"Lady A", the trio that's a power ballad's "casa", stay on the straight and narrow with songs like "Just A Kiss", and the title track "Own The Night", but an actual push in Hillary's vocals are not seen here. Dreamy thoughts through lovers eyes completely let us know the trio will work this album until it reaches higher status regarding sales, also that this is a pretty solid album, but to give "Lady A" a swift push to a world of vocal/melodic fertilizer is what's needed here.

Growth- C-

Production- C

Lyrical Ability- B+

WWA (World Wide Appeal)- C

SAU Official Grade- C-

1 comment:

  1. The song is everything a country tune should be: deep, meaningful lyrics, excellent musicianship, and passionate singing and playing. The song is so familiar I was humming away with it the first time I listened. Another highlight is "As You Turn Away," a song with a catchy hook and incredible vocal melodies and harmonies. If you liked Lady Antebellum's two previous albums, or if you're a fan of country music, you'll love this. Highly recommended!!