Lady Antebellum – “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”

25 Jan

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.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)


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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Single Reviews



3 responses to “Lady Antebellum – “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”

  1. john

    January 25, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    I’ll have to disagree. I think this single is the best to date from this CD. The first two did nothing for me, and I love the lyrics and instrumentation in this one.

  2. wiley16350

    January 26, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Good review, better than Kevin’s on Country Universe for sure. The more I listen to this song, the more I like it so I still disagree on some points. But I agree that they need to broaden their creativity. Many of their singles have the same qualities and style. Which I like that style (I loved “I Need You Now” and “Just A Kiss”) but if you want to be great you need to show diversity. While I think that they produce good music that I find emotional value in, I would agree that sometimes their music lacks distinctiveness and creativity. They are however very talented singers and musicians. Maybe they should look for some outside material to stretch their wings and become more diverse and find some other styles that they can do well.

  3. rowdyred

    February 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I’m pretty much over Lady A. I probably heard this song “go by” three times before even noticing it, and that’s not a good sign. Musical wallpaper is about all I can say about it. Maybe someone is advising them that if it worked twice, it’ll work every time, but they’ve become predictable to the point of irrelevant to me. Groups I consider creatively superior: Little Big Town (by far), The Band Perry, Love and Theft, Gloriana (hope they’re still together), etc. In fact I feel that radio is underplaying some of these while pushing Lady A down our throats.

    (Since there is always room for 5-6 guys hawking the same rural pride cliche’s, I don’t get why there isn’t room for more than 1-2 groups like this on the radio.)

    To be honest, at this point I wouldn’t miss Lady A if I never heard ‘em again.


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