Need You Now
Released: February 26, 2010
Peak: 14 US, 131 CW, 8 UK, 13 CN, 5 AU
Sales (in millions): 9.0 US, 0.3 UK, 9.3 world (includes US and UK)
Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.
Total Running Time: 44:10
4.174 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)
Awards: (Click on award to learn more).
About the Album:
With their 2008 self-titled debut, Lady Antebellum made their mark on country radio. The album topped the Billboard country album chart and scored three hits, including the #1 “I Run to You.” The band 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.” AMG
The album was preceded by two singles. The title cut was released six months earlier and made it to #1 on the country chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. American Honey was released about six weeks before the album and also made it to the pinnacle on the country charts and was a top-40 pop hit.
“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.” AMG
“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.” AMG
“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.” AMG
Notes: For those who bought the album, new songs were offered via ladyantebellum.com. There were acoustic versions of “Need You Now” and “I Run to You” and live versions of “American Honey,” “Our Kind of Love,” “Stars Tonight,” “All We’d Ever Need,” “Do I,” “When You Got a Good Thing,” “Slow Down Sister,” “Love’s Lookin’ Good on You,” and “Hello World.”
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First posted 8/1/2021.
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