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Album Review | COUNTRY

Lady Antebellum’s ‘Golden’ shines with darker tone

Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood’s 2008 debut had a freshness and immediacy — a melding of country, Southern rock undertones, pop, and distinctive harmonies — that marked Lady Antebellum as ones to watch. And indeed their subsequent releases vaulted them to multiplatinum, award-winning success thanks to hits like “Need You Now” and “Just a Kiss.” But those records also took an occasional detour into glossy, adult contemporary snooze-ville.

“Golden’’ puts some welcome bite back into the proceedings with a more minimalist approach to production and a more substantive approach to the lyrics, which gives the whole album a crisper, more present feeling.

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