Lady Antebellum Offer Bittersweet Tunes on 'Golden' – Album Premiere

Nashville stars mask sadness with bright sounds on fourth LP

May 6, 2013 11:45 AM ET
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum
Joseph Llanes

Nashville stars Lady Antebellum shine on their new album, Golden, offering up a bittersweet batch of bright, rich tracks that often hide a deeper layer of sadness. Opener "Get to Me" sets the pace with lazy, ambling guitar and Hillary Scott's lonely calls to her lover, and the band explores troubled nostalgia and small-town shackles on the gripping "Goodbye Town."

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Single "Downtown" playfully bobs and weaves with a noodling guitar lead that masks Scott's frustration with her dimming relationship. "Did you forget about how we went around?" she sings. "I don't know why you don't take me downtown anymore." And "All for Love" goes straight for the heartstrings with winding piano touches and Charles Kelley's emotional defeat. "You tell me that your feelings changed, and you don't wanna stay and break my heart," he sings. "Well, baby, it's too late."

Golden, out tomorrow, is available for pre-order here. Lady Antebellum's next show is set for May 25th at the Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For more information and more live dates, visit the band's website.

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