Review: 'Own the Night' without bombast

'Own the Night'  is the band's follow up to "Need You Now"

Story highlights

  • Lady Antebellum's follow-up to "Need You Now" album is set of power ballads
  • Celtic flavored "Cold as Stone" wrings soul from its titular metaphor
  • Two-stepping "The Love I've Found in You" charms without bombast
No band makes sketchy hookups sound as magnificently wholesome as this country pop juggernaut: See 2008's frisky "Lookin' for a Good Time" and, here, "We Owned the Night," an idealized one-nighter that might've just been a wet dream.
Pumping up country's boy-girl duet tradition in a trio format, but largely minus grit or wit, Lady Antebellum's follow-up to their Grammy-gobbling "Need You Now" is a set of heart-squishing power ballads and airbrushed twang rockers ready to woo Walmart shoppers.
The Celtic-flavored "Cold as Stone" wrings soul from its titular metaphor, and the two-stepping "The Love I've Found in You" charms without bombast. But mostly, they make you miss the Dixie Chicks.