HEART BREAK Lady Antebellum Capitol/ Universal www.getmusic.com.aug
Lady Antebellum, one of the leading country groups in the US, has released seven albums, including Heart Break,B kh the trio’s first new release in three years. Hillary Scott takes lead vocals on the title track, while Charles Kelley steps up for ‘You Look Good’, a song that could easily slot into the pop-rock genre. Scott takes over again for the gorgeous ballad ‘Hurt’, and she joins forces with Kelley on the inspirational ‘Good Time To Be Alive’. ‘Teenage Heart’ is equally vibrant, while the duet ‘Home’ is an enjoyable emotive country song. In search of a fresher sound, Lady Antebellum recorded part of the album in California, recruiting pop producer and musician Busbee, a move that has paid dividends.
FROM THE BOTTOM OF A WELL Brad Butcher Independent www.bradbutcwww.bradbutcher.com
From The Bottom Of A Well is the third album for Queensland born and bred singer-songwriter Brad Butcher. It’s easily his most complete work, aided by an A-list of producers, including Matt Fell and Sam Hawksley and a supporting cast, most notably US singer-songwriter Kim Richey on backing vocals. Recorded between Sydney and Nashville, Butcher sings of life experiences. His father Norman, a former cane field worker, was the inspiration behind ‘Well Dressed Man’, while the hand-clapping ‘Crawl, Beg & Cry’ is a song about sticking to your guns. However, the historical ‘Glasgow Train’ is the most intriguing track on the album. Refreshingly, Butcher has resisted the urge to adopt a southern US accent, his vocals retaining an honest quality.