A Place To Land

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A Place To Land

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Little Big Town scored big with its second album, 2005's The Road to Here, thanks to the chart topping single "Gone." Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet's meld rootsy contemporary country with acoustic and electric instruments and vocal harmonies inspired by Fleetwood Mac proved irresistible. A Place to Land is superior to its predecessor in every way: production feels more organic, the music is more sophisticated, and the lyrics more poignant. Perhaps the real secret to the success of this quartet is its secret weapon in behind-the-boards fifth member Wayne Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is the band's producer and songwriting partner. He's chief guitar picker, and plays just about anything with strings, as well as the clavinet and B-3. If the sound on The Road to Here is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac's glory years, A Place to Land drinks deeply from the well of the entire Southern California scene from the mid- to late '70s. It's not all regurgitation either. Little Big Town's sound is rooted deeply in traditional, organic country music. Their songs meld seamlessly with the vocal harmonies that evoke vintage Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Eagles earliest records.

While the album's opener, "Fine Line," literally rings with Lindsey Buckingham's chord progressions, choruses, and arranged vocals (a la "Go Your Own Way"); it's open rock & roll territory with one exception: the verse structure has enough hard country to rise above that influence. They distinguish themselves a bit more on the album's road-weary first single, "I'm with the Band." Its beautifully paced B-3, electric guitars, and big cracking drums, Dobro, banjos, and mandolin are woven into a beautiful road song. The Eagles get melody-checked in "That's Where I'll Be," but the harmonies here could only be better if Bernie Leadon and Timothy B. Schmit joined in for six-part harmony. The acoustic guitars rise and fall, keeping a steady rhythmic chatter that serves as a painterly backdrop for those gorgeous voices. There is a loneliness and conviction in the song that feels authentic. This band has another side as well, and it's brought out in spades with the spooky "Evangeline," a harrowing song about emotional abuse: "You don't have to be kicked to be bruised/And you don't have to be hit to be abused...." It's one woman talking to another, exhorting her to see what's happening at the hands of a sick, violent man. With its high lonesome guitars, a spidery Dobro, and muffled floor tom, it's as powerful in its way as Gretchen Wilson's "Independence Day." Those who thrive on love songs will find "To Know Love" irresistible. It's profound in its poetry, and simplicity. "Novocaine," with its bluesed-out slide opening, explodes into a hand-clapping rocker. For all of LBT's appropriation of signature sounds from '70s L.A., their manner of employing them is, paradoxically, their trademark. There isn't another act out there on the road or in a studio today that sounds remotely like them. [The album was reissued in 2008 with four tracks added, including a cover of Dream Academy's 1985 hit "Life in a Northern Town."] ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

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Artist: Little Big Town
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.23
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0509992278642
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1. Fine Line
2. I'm With The Band
3. That's Where I'll Be
4. Evangeline
5. Vapor
6. Novocaine
7. Only What You Make Of It
8. Place To Land
9. Firebird Fly
10. To Know Love
11. Lonely Enough
12. Fury
13. Good Lord Willing
14. Love Profound
15. You're Gonna Love Me
16. Life In A Northern Town (Live)
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1/11/2009

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5.0 stars by Baseballguys4

I had only heard two songs by LBT prior to buying this CD, but I liked what I had heard. I bought this CD mainly to get the live song, "Life In A Northern Town." The live version with Sugarland is great! The rest of the CD surprised me. I loved the blending of their voices and the style of the music. It's a good mixture of Old and New School country. Lots of different instruments make the music quite enjoyable.

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