Single Review: Lady Antebellum - "Downtown"
By: Matt Bjorke
"Downtown" is Lady Antebellum's lead single from their upcoming fourth album for Capitol Nashville. It's one of the few songs they've recorded that wasn't written by one or all members of the band, instead it was written by friends Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby and Shane McAnally.
Instantly catchy with a pop-leaning melody and vocal delivery, "Downtown" tells a story of a woman scorned, a woman who wants to know why her man doesn't bother taking her downtown to the clubs to go out and have some fun. Clearly not meant to be anything more than a fun sing-a-long for the coming spring season, "Downtown" is a burst of sunshine mixed in an ear worm of a melody that has audible steel guitars in the mix and features a nice twangy guitar solo balanced with some steel guitars.
Lady Antebellum has said that the upcoming album would be more of a return to the sound from their first album and despite their pop-leaning sound here, which is heavy on Hillary Scott, "Downtown" certainly suggests that they are indeed getting closer to the more folk/pop sound of that record. "Downtown" is just over three minutes of charming, sunny, melodic goodness.