Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lady Antebellum, "We Owned the Night"

Lady Antebellum's recent hit "Just a Kiss" benefited from a memorable hook that helped to cover up the fact that, at its heart, it was nothing more than a crossover-friendly piece of pop-country radio fodder like any other. Follow-up single "We Owned the Night," from the group's upcoming third album Own the Night, sounds like little more than a charming mandolin line searching in vain for a great song to call home, and it's not long before even that characteristic is overwhelmed by slick rock guitars.

"We Owned the Night" has hardly any hook to speak of, and it doesn't even have a chorus. A song with a better-developed storyline might be able to function with such components, but in this case, such omissions take away any semblance of song structure. That leaves us with a song that aimlessly plods around in circles, offering little reward for the listener who sits through all of it. In listening to this song, it's amazing to note how quickly it lets the listener's mind wander away from it.

Without a doubt, such lazy construction stems from the fact that the song's sole purpose of existence is to carry Lady Antebellum's career from one radio hit to the next. It will be forgotten in a short time, but by then they'll have another hit on the charts to take its place. This song is not built to last. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work as a temporary diversion either. "We Owned the Night" is an effort too carefully calculated and obviously hit-focused to be genuinely entertaining.

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