Golden (Lady Antebellum album)

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Golden
Studio album by Lady Antebellum
Released May 7, 2013 (2013-05-07)
Recorded 2012-13
Genre Country
Length 43:52
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Paul Worley, Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum chronology
On This Winter's Night
(2012)
Golden
(2013)
747
(2014)
Singles from Golden
  1. "Downtown"
    Released: January 22, 2013
  2. "Goodbye Town"
    Released: May 13, 2013
  3. "Compass"
    Released: October 14, 2013

Golden is the fifth studio album by American Country music trio Lady Antebellum. It was released on May 7, 2013, in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and May 6, 2013, in Europe and South Africa.[1] The album topped the Billboard Top 200, Billboard Top Country Albums and UK Country Albums Charts, their third consecutive #1 on the former, and also peaked within the top 10 on the Australian, Canadian, Irish, and UK all-genre album charts. Golden was a critical success as well, garnering mostly positive reviews for "returning to form," though some critics deemed the album overly-predictable.

The album is the first former EMI title to be fully rebranded as a product of Universal Music. The only reference to its old parent is its UPC. On November 12, 2013, a deluxe edition was released, featuring three new songs and acoustic versions of three hits from previous albums.[2][3]

Between its two releases, Golden has produced three Top 20 Country Airplay hits in the US, including the number one singles "Downtown" and "Compass".

Promotion[edit]

Tour[edit]

Main article: Take Me Downtown Tour

Lady Antebellum first announced their third headlining tour, The Take Me Downtown Tour, in July 2013, with the first tour date set for November 8.[4] However, the band later decided to push back the tour to accommodate the release of the Deluxe Edition of Golden and in order to prepare a better show.[5] The tour will now kick off in January 2014, and is expected to visit over 60 cities across North America.[5] Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves will serve as the opening acts.[3]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Downtown", was released January 22, 2013. It peaked at number two on the Hot Country Songs chart and at number one on US Country Airplay.

"Goodbye Town" was released as a promotional single through iTunes for pre-orders of the album.[6] It was subsequently released as the second official single from Golden on May 13, 2013, and peaked at #11 on the Hot Country chart. The band described "Goodbye Town" as "one of [their] favorite productions" on the record.[7]

The third single, "Compass", was released October 14, 2013. It is one of the three new recordings featured on the Deluxe Edition of Golden. Lady Antebellum opted to produce the song alongside Nathan Chapman, rather than with their usual producer Paul Worley.

Other songs[edit]

An official lyric video was released for the Deluxe Edition track "And The Radio Played" on November 15, 2013, though no plans have been made to date to release the song as a single.[8]

In April 2014, a re-recorded version of "Golden", featuring vocals from Stevie Nicks, was released as a digital single.[9] This version charted at #50 on the Hot Country Songs chart in the first week after its release.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[11]
American Songwriter 4/5 stars[12]
Daily News 3/5 stars[13]
The Gazette 3/5 stars[14]
The Oakland Press 3/4 stars[15]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[16]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[17]
Taste of Country 4/5 stars[18]
Toronto Star 2.5/4 stars[19]
USA Today 3/4 stars[20]

Golden has received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from mainstream critics, the album received a metascore of 70, based on 6 reviews.[10] Eric Allen of American Songwriter told that with just "one listen to Golden [and it] immediately declares that Lady A has returned to form and isn't going anywhere in the imaginable future."[12] At Country Weekly, Joseph Hudak rated the album a B-, and called the first half of the album "a little too polished", but towards the end the band is "close to finding the secret for mixing easygoing music with evocative, mature lyrics. It’s musical alchemy."[21] Glenn Gamboa of Newday graded the album a B, and found that the band is "picking approaches that suit the songs best, rather than what keeps all the talented folks occupied most."[22] At The Oakland Press, Gary Graff evoked that the album "changes things up — subtly, to be sure, but just enough to be perceptibly different from its predecessors", which at the same time "still holds close to the middle of the country road here, but it veers just enough to keep things interesting."[15] Roughstock's Dan MacIntosh alluded to how "Golden may be better than all past Lady Antebellum efforts, but it’s by no means perfect". and yet he wrote that "the result is an album that is truly golden, and really difficult to hate."[17] David Burger of The Salt Lake Tribune graded the album a B-, and found that the release contains "both sweet, full-bodied songs that will sound great on the radio this summer, but also features a lot of filler."[23] At Toronto Star, Ben Rayner evoked that the release is "a touch less prissy and overdressed than the high-gloss wallpaper that has come before," which the band "occasionally takes a stab at rockin’ out in restrained fashion without embarrassing itself at all."[19] Billy Dukes of Taste of Country projected forward by stating that "there’s a new maturity on this record that, if allowed to progress, promises something even bigger with the next album."[18] At USA Today, Brian Mansfield affirmed that "a bittersweet edge makes even the liveliest songs more poignant."[20]

However, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic criticized the release as being "so cheerful" that it makes the album seem "a little churlish", and he felt the need "to complain that the songs here aren't grabbers: they're slow burns, designed to sink into the subconscious through repeated plays on radio, in-store sound systems, waiting rooms, and bumper music."[11] Yet, Erlewine noted "that's fine", and called the album a "professional product at its finest, meticulously assembled, polished until it gleams, designed to be nothing more than thoroughly agreeable."[11] At Daily News, Jim Farber highlighted that the album contains songs that are "sun-kissed, expensively constructed, and bound to reap a mint", but that is not necessarily a good thing because "like all Lady A ditties, they’re also lacking in little things like personality, detail and need."[13] At The Gazette, Bernard Perusse told that as a consolation we should "just be happy that this disc is a smooth, pleasant-enough improvement over the last one."[14] Chuck Eddy of Rolling Stone wrote that the release "feels like a house of mirrors".[16] PopMatters' Dave Heaton rated the album an five-out-of-ten, and said that the release is "an overall sedate," and "relatively predictable album".[24]

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum, except "Compass", produced by Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman.[25]

Golden – Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get to Me"   Hillary Lindsey, James T. Slater 3:49
2. "Goodbye Town"   Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Josh Kear 4:48
3. "Nothin' Like the First Time"   Sarah Buxton, Jedd Hughes, Lindsey 3:44
4. "Downtown"   Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby 3:16
5. "Better Off Now (That You're Gone)"   Will Hoge, Brian Layson 3:03
6. "It Ain't Pretty"   Nicolle Galyon, Eric Paslay 3:29
7. "Can't Stand the Rain"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Kear 3:11
8. "Golden"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Paslay 3:27
9. "Long Teenage Goodbye"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Lindsey 3:42
10. "All for Love"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Dennis Edwards, Jason "Slim" Gambill, Jonathon Long, Chris Tyrrell, Clint Chandler 3:16
11. "Better Man"   Kelley, Haywood, Edwards, Gambill, Long, Chandler 4:04
12. "Generation Away"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 4:03
Total length:
43:52
Deluxe edition[26]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Compass"   Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hemransen, Ammar Malik, Ross Golan, Daniel Omelio, Emile Haynie 3:03
14. "And the Radio Played"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Kear, Chapman 3:13
15. "Life as We Know It"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood[27] 4:22
16. "Need You Now" (iTunes Live session performance) Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Kear 4:04
17. "Just a Kiss" (Backstage acoustic session) Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Dallas Davidson 3:45
18. "I Run to You" (iTunes Live session performance) Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Tom Douglas 4:47
Total length:
67:06

Credits & personnel[edit]

Performance credits
  • Dave Haywood – Lady Antebelleum, vocal harmony
  • Charles Kelley – Lady Antebellum, primary artist, vocal harmony
  • Hillary Scott – Lady Antebellum, primary artist, vocal harmony
Visual & imagery
  • Terri Apanasewicz – Hair stylist, make-up
  • Jonna Carter — Art direction
  • Michelle Hall – Art producer
  • Joseph Llanes – Photography
  • Lee Moore – Stylist, wardrobe design
  • Karen Naff – Art direction
Instruments & compositon
Production

Chart performance[edit]

The album has sold 554,000 copies in the US as of January 2014.[28]

Album[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 8
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[30] 2
Irish Albums (IRMA)[31] 10
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[32] 78
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[33] 26
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 36
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 7
UK Country Albums (OCC)[36] 1
US Billboard 200[37] 1
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[38] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
Canadian Albums Chart[39] 41

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
[40]
CAN
2013 "Downtown" 2 1 29 1 26
"Goodbye Town" 22 11 80 11 77
"Compass" 6 1 46 2 51
Preceded by
Life on a Rock by Kenny Chesney
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 25, 2013
Succeeded by
Love Is Everything by George Strait

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Australia (ARIA)[41] Gold
United States (RIAA)[42] Gold

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United Kingdom May 6, 2013 Parlophone
South Africa EMI
United States May 7, 2013 Capitol Nashville
Canada
Australia EMI
New Zealand
Philippines May 15, 2013 Universal Music
Taiwan May 24, 2013 Gold Typhoon[43]

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