In a thick mess of bro-country and needless misogyny, Little Big Town is often a breath of fresh air to hit country music listeners. With their delicate and purposeful songwriting, themes full of emotion, and gorgeous melodies, Little Big Town always excites audiences with a new musical release. This Friday we got a new collection of songs that met expectations in most areas and delivered a well put together set. Little Big Town’s newest album is a must-listen for any country fan.
“Nightfall” is LBT’s ninth studio album. With thirteen new Little Big Town tracks, the low tempo album is full of serene songs about youth, love, and mystery. The overarching theme of the album seems to pull from literal and interpretive aspects of the nighttime and what might occur after the sun goes down. The writing is introspective and pulls from personal thoughts about the loved ones around them. There are even songs based off of their children and their experiences.
The best part of this album is the writing and the production on the album allows for that to shine through. Little Big Town has never shied away from writing about familiar topics in interesting ways. This makes their songs have a more creative essence while still feeling like something that you can relate to. In “Trouble With Forever,” they state that the worst part about forever is that it always has to come to an end. Why would forever have to come to an end? Well, because forever is usually related to love, and love cannot last forever, correct?
The stand out tracks on this album are “Forever and a Night,” “The Daughters,” and “Sugar Coat.” All three of these songs are great examples of the strengths that Little Big Town has. They are creative writers, excellent vocalists, and they are socially aware of the world around them. These skills come together in interesting and beautiful ways on the album. Each song is different but is still overflowing with these three qualities, and it makes every minute with them more interesting.
The only problem with the album overall is that it never gives itself a moment to speed up the pace and give the listeners a break from the slow, introspective tunes. While listening all of the ways through, it can become monotonous and blend too much together. Other than that, this album shows exactly what country music could and should be. Little Big Town is always a welcomed addition to the sea of Jason Aldean’s and Blake Shelton’s out there.