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Lady Antebellum prefaced the release of Need You Now by issuing its title track as a single; it reached the top spot on the country charts and stayed there for five straight weeks. It was their second number one, and they wasted no time following it with "American Honey," which appeared a mere two months before this set was in stores. This singing/songwriting trio -- lead vocalists Charles Kelly and Hillary Scott, with multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist Dave Haywood -- understand how Nashville works, and they know how to work it. On their sophomore effort, they stick very close to the formula of their debut: a slew of mid- and uptempo love songs, a sad ballad, and a couple of rocked-up good-time tunes, all self-written with some help from some of Nashville's most respected writers. Kelly's baritone is emotive, expressive, and deep in the pocket, no matter what he's singing. He shines on the soft rocking "Love This Pain," which could have been a single. Scott's voice is a little less distinctive, but she does possess a unique form of phrasing and reaches deeply into her protagonist's personal situations, whether it's the celebratory good-time girl in "American Honey" or the wildly-in-love mature woman on "Hold on Tight." The group party anthem on the set -- an obligatory addition these days -- is "Stars Tonight," which contains more than a few clichés, but has a killer guitar riff and an infectious chorus. With co-production from Paul Worley, Lady Antebellum prove there is no sophomore slump on Need You Now. Here, the band's seamless, polished, and savvy brand of contemporary country is even more consistent than it was on their debut; it's virtually flawless in its songwriting, production, and performance.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2010
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099969770227
catalogNumber: 97702
Rank: 1937


  1. Need You Now
  2. Our Kind of Love
  3. American Honey
  4. Hello World
  5. Perfect Day
  6. Love This Pain
  7. When You Got a Good Thing
  8. Stars Tonight
  9. If I Knew Then
  10. Something 'Bout a Woman
  11. Ready To Love Again

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lady A   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
Bruce Bouton   Dobro
Chad Cromwell   Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Paul Worley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Michael Rojas   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Hammond B3
Monisa Angell   Viola
Craig Young   Bass
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Mike Busbee   Piano
Dave Haywood   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Elizabeth Lamb   Viola
Jason "Slim" Gambill   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar,Soloist
David Huff   Percussion,Tambourine
Sari Reist   Cello
Kristin Williams   Viola

Technical Credits

Monty Powell   Composer
Kristin Wilkinson   Composer,String Arrangements
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Paul Worley   Producer
Erik Hellerman   Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Tony Lane   Composer
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer
Jerry Flowers   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Jason Sellers   Composer
Anna Wilson   Composer
Mike Busbee   Composer
Dave Haywood   Composer
Hillary Scott   Composer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Cary Barlowe   Composer
David Huff   Loop Programming
Shane Stevens   Composer
Josh Kear   Composer
Marv Green   Composer
Lady A   Producer
Charles Kelley   Composer
Tom Douglas   Composer
David Lee   Composer

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