Songwriters: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
Oh, Lady Antebellum… They have it in them to be so good, and yet they can be so bad. Their current single “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” falls somewhere in between the two extremes, somewhere in the territory of the middling and mediocre. It begins somewhat nicely with a soft laid-back tempo as the lyrics describe an intimate embrace between lovers, but the lyrics soon collapse under the weight of rote imagery with little emotional heft, plus as a title hook that bears no meaningful connection to the overall lyrical content.
The song never takes off. A foremost hindrance is that it’s bogged down by a painfully plodding, paint-by-number melody that becomes almost grating as the song plays through. Though Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley bring traces of genuine wistfulness to the song’s lyric, the soulless melody and lifeless arrangement give them no room to shine.
Of course, anybody knows that at this point in their career, Lady Antebellum could make a crossover smash hit out of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” so it’s a foregone conclusion that radio will still play whatever single the group sends out. But with that in mind, it’s all too easy to get the feeling that we’re listening to Lady Antebellum on autopilot – coasting through their mega-successful career without making any significant effort to move themselves forward artistically.
At any rate, “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” is a definite misfire – all melodrama with no real substance.