- Lady Antebellum (publicity photo)
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Lady Antebellum, Own the Night
The Internet says: "Musically speaking, the group’s secret is the symbiotic blend of the voices of Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley that brings out the longing in songs they’ve written with a variety of collaborators. Not surprisingly, everything sounds bigger, brighter and shinier than on Lady A’s first two albums. That’ll probably go over well with fans of grandiose country pop, but the all-stops-out production gradually loses impact." (Los Angeles Times)
Watch: Lady Antebellum perform "Just a Kiss" on this morning's Today show.
Trombone Shorty, For True
The Internet says: "'For True' confirms Trombone Shorty’s reputation as a youthful flag-bearer for America’s unrivaled musical wellspring. But the artist is notably at his best when he lets his outsized ability speak for itself rather than be drowned out by the bleating exertions of relative lightweights." (Washington Post)
Watch: Trombone Shorty playing with Jeff Beck at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Wild Flag, Wild Flag
The Internet says: "Wild Flag is comprised of Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss (two former members of Sleater-Kinney), Rebecca Cole (The Minders), and Mary Timony (Helium, Autoclave, and the Mary Timony Band). The record is already being praised as 'the year's first four-star album.' In a year packed with heralded releases by Bon Iver, R.E.M., and Kanye West and Jay-Z, is Wild Flag really the best so far? Yes." (The Week, in a mash-up of various reviews)
Watch: This video for "Romance," which you've probably already seen!