Review – Lady Antebellum’s “You Look Good”

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Lady Antebellum was one of the biggest acts in country music in the late 2000s, racking up multiple hits. But when they chose to go on hiatus in October 2015 radio had seemingly left them behind in favor of younger, more pop friendly acts. So it was a smart move of the group to take a break and really give people a chance to miss the trio. In 2016 both Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott released their own solo projects, each seeing a varying degree of success. Kelley earned a Grammy nomination for “The Driver” and Scott got a #1 hit on Christian radio for “Thy Will.” The trio is now reformed and my hope upon their return was that they took the great things about their solo projects and incorporated it into their new music. Their return single is “You Look Good” and man they did not go the way I was hoping. Instead this feels more like a continuation of the dreadful 747 era. I’m not sure where to begin with this mess. I guess with the obvious: the horns. There are a lot of horns incorporated into this song, which as I’ve said before I’m perfectly fine with horns in country songs. While it’s probably the best part of the song, they’re just sort of there and jammed into the blatant pop rock production when they could have incorporated in an interesting way. And for a song that seems to be striving for higher energy, it fails too. After a couple of listens you realize this song is almost just as lifeless as most songs at country radio right now. Then we get to the lyrics, which are just hilariously thin and vapid. I mean look at these chorus lines: And baby you look good all day, all night/You look good, so fresh, so fine/You look good, got everybody watching you like cameras in Hollywood/Baby you look good/Aw baby you look good. This also another country sex song that fails to create a sexy vibe with its lyrics and production. You would think the producer of this song busbee would know how to execute this coming from pop. Just listen to Bruno Mars’ latest album. I digress. But all in all I find “You Look Good’ to be a major disappointment and based off this I am not looking forward to their new album Heart Break.

Grade: 1/10

 

Recommend? – No Way!

 

Written by Hillary Lindsey, Ryan Hurd and busbee

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12 thoughts on “Review – Lady Antebellum’s “You Look Good”

  1. Huge guilty pleasure. I’m not even going to defend this. I find the song catchy and Charles and Hillary sound great and I love the vocal chemistry between them.

    Also I’m a sucker for horns. I once again admit I love this a lot more than I should, but I do. I won’t defend this like I do Lauren Alaina but I love it!

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  2. It sounds like they are trying for a soul sound, perhaps somewhat inspired by Sturgill Simpson. But, yeah, this is mediocre, and the lyrics are about as trite and forgetful as possible. I have no problem with fun songs and lighthearted lyrics, but they need to have at least a modicum of cleverness. That’s entirely missing from this song.

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  3. Best song ever! The new Lady A sound with all the fiddles & steel guitar. busbee: producer of the year…

    My interest in mainstream-“country” is fading. Fading fast.

    New Album: The McClymonts – Endless – 11 Tracks – Universal Country Australia – Released (01/13)
    The three sisters are back. It’s the 5th full-lenght album (+ one Ep). The McClymonts won ARIA-Country & Golden Guitar awards, recorded in Nashville & played the Opry.
    The first single “House” came & went without much (chart) buzz down under (Country Tracks Top 40).
    The trio sounds good. The harmony vocals are the focus of the production. The songs are mostly safe pop-country tracks. “When We Say It’s Forever” is a duet with former boyband & solo star Ronan Keating (Ireland). It’s the 2nd duet after a cover of “Islands In The Stream” (2010).
    My highlights: “Nothing Good Comes Easy” a ballad where the harmony vocals really shine, the acoustic-styled “Bad For Us” & the title-track “Endless”. The uptempo tracks are weaker. (7/10).

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  4. I had the same hope as you did that they would go in the direction of their solo projects. This is horrible. I didn’t like them before but this is their worst single ever. I couldn’t even make it to the end of the song.

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  5. I’ll give them this: they surprised me with their return direction.

    Up through “Golden”, I routinely mocked Lady Antebellum as Lady Ampleboredom: due to how uninspired, banal, sanitized and sleep-inducing “Need You Now” and “Own The Night” were. But since then, I have waived that running gag in that they’ve made some surprising decisions with singles that actually register a pulse.

    And finally, I can give them credit for not making a predictable move like 1) hopping on the Christian pop-rock ballad and/or watered-down Chris Stapleton trends, 2) re-hashing “Bartender” or an earlier ballad, or 3) commissioning Audien to produce their comeback single and then have it released to country.

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    That said, this is a huge misfire without a trace of country identity.

    Lyrically, it owes closest to their weakest-performing single to date: “Freestyle”, in that it shares that track’s spoken-word delivery of catchphrases and non-sequiturs. Needless to say, the lyrics are a travesty.

    But it fails musically as well. The horns may seem like a nice touch on the surface, but Billy Currington utilized them vastly better on “Love Done Gone”. And outside of that, it’s as though the mixing was attempting to emulate a lo-fi East Nashville sort of vibe, but the mixing is so muddy and tinny.

    Finally, I failed to pick up on the hook. The technical songwriting is just a complete mess here and it doesn’t snap in any way. All in all, it just adds up to a flat, uninspired return that’s much worse than either Kelley or Scott’s solo projects.

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    I’m expecting this to have the obvious front-loaded Hot Shot Debut due to the lead single fanboy/fangirl effect as well as iHeartMedia payola out of the gate. But from there, I expect this to struggle badly and peak pretty much exactly where “Freestyle” or “Wanted You More” did. It’s not going to cut it at radio.

    I’m thinking a Decent to Strong 2 out of 10 here.

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  6. Wow. This song sucks. Disappointing, since both Charles and Hillary both positively surprised me with their solo albums. Hillary’s album was good, and Charles’s was mostly good. I enjoyed both “The Driver” and “Thy Will”. “Leaving Nashville” and “Safe Haven” were both awesome. “Lonely Girl” was so sleepy and boring, but still better than roughly half of what was being trotted out at the time. “You Look Good” is just sad.

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  7. So sad to see this review and I’m also have a disappointment to them because it wasn’t what I expected to become. I thought it will be more country tune than pop and find their most raw voices that they did on their solo projects. I also notice that their next album is been produced by busbee their co-producer in 747 album and I think it is going to be more pop tune than country and look like a 747 album extension and sounds like Maren Morris Hero album. I am really disappointed for them, but I wish they make a better song than this and hope their comeback is worth it. God Bless Lady Antebellum from your no. 1 fan.

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