The Reason Why

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It's anybody's guess why Little Big Town's three fine singles from 2007's excellent A Place to Land failed to crack the Top 30, or why the album didn't build upon the platinum success of its predecessor, The Road to Here. That said, the bluesy roil in "Little White Church," the pre-release single from The Reason Why, LBT's fourth studio album, proves that failure was a fluke. The trademark four-part harmony that separate them from the rest of the contemporary country pack isn't the only thing: their group songwriting -- with producer and guitarist Wayne Kirkpatrick as a fifth member -- is classy, sophisticated, and doesn't rely on genre clich??????s. While the '70s-period Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles were clear inspirations and influences earlier, here they've been integrated into a sound that is LBT's own. The guitars are a little fiercer, the harmonies looser, and therefore more emotionally expressive; they reflect the growth in their lyrics. And even as Karen Fairchild is asserting herself as a de facto frontwoman, the contributions made by Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet and Kirkpatrick create an inseparable whole. The group wrote or co-wrote nine of the set's 12 songs, including the single, and it's their songs that shine brightest, beginning with the title-track opener. With a melody that resembles a 1960s pop song, Fairchild sings solo to a single-string electric guitar riff playing changes; the acoustic guitars fold underneath her voice and then the harmonies kick in to take the entire thing to the stratosphere. The intro harmonies on "Why, Oh Why" echo both the Louvin Brothers and Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, before a nasty electric-guitar vamp, a punched-up kick drum, snare and distorted slide guitar turn this into prime, funky country-rock. "All the Way Down," introduced by a scratchy vinyl record and harmonies singing the refrain as if from the distant past backed only by a banjo, promptly shifts gears into a prime modern-country song with soaring vocals, mandolins, and an infectious hook. "Lean into It" is the stripped-down ballad that closes the album. Gentle guitars and a lonely pedal adorn Sweet's vocal, which is girded by the voices of his bandmates to provide solace during the dark hours we all endure. The Reason Why is mature, exquisitely crafted, and radio friendly; it ups the ante for contemporary country in songwriting, performance, and production (the latter by stripping away excess). It's as near to a perfectly balanced recording as one will find in the genre. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

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Record Label: CD
Digital Video Formats: CD
Performer: Little Big Town
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.41 x 4.95 x 5.62 IN
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1. The Reason Why
2. Runaway Train
3. Kiss Goodbye
4. Shut Up Train
5. Why Oh Why
6. Little White Church
7. You Can't Have Everything
8. All The Way Down
9. All Over Again
10. Rain On A Tin Roof
11. Life Rolls On
12. Lean Into It
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Customer Reviews | 9 reviews | 4.8 out of 5

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Fantastic CD!
8/25/2010

Customer review by PurpleRaine

5.0 stars 8/25/2010 by PurpleRaine
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This is LBT's best cd yet! Love, love, love it! I can't stop playing it. It's hard to pick a favorite song because they are all so good! Shut up train, Lean into it, You can't have everything, Little white church and The Reason Why are some of my favorites. I highly recommend this cd. It is well worth the price.

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PurpleRaine
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2/7/2011

Customer review by FrancosGirl

5.0 stars 2/7/2011 by FrancosGirl
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I am not usually a country music listener but when I saw Little Big Town's video Goodbye, it made me listen. I bought the cd and was not disappointed. Their songs are very inspirational. If you're going through something wheather its with family or in a relationship, go and buy this cd, it will help.....trust me I'm one of those it helped.

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FrancosGirl
Lake Charles, La
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Age:25 - 34
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Gender:Female
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lived up to expectations
9/18/2010

Customer review by Goyne

4.0 stars 9/18/2010 by Goyne
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Have liked this group from the first single, and this CD is everything I expect from a third offering. Recording is clear, came in jewel case-I prefer to cardboard sleeve. Shipping was prompt and unmarred.

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Age:45 - 54
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Gender:Male
Usage:A few times per month
Has some great songs
8/18/2014

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4.0 stars 8/18/2014 by 3nuts
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Good album. Waiting for their Greatest Hits album.

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