Lady A does get some criticism for not being enough "country", it's just that we don't mind or don't see it because we're not super obsessed fans like we are with Carrie. The only people that complain about today's sound of country music are traditional country fans. Most critics and radio stations accept country as it is but they do prefer a more traditional feel. It seems as if the ones mostly complaining about Carrie's lack of "country" are her own fans who are trying to please others who really don't care much anymore.
The only reason Carrie's name is one the first to be tossed around when talking about today's "country-pop" music is because she's that famous.
I have no problem with contemporary country music, obviously as I am a huge fan of Carrie. But I don't really get a country vibe at all from "Just a Kiss," not only with the complete lack of country instruments, but the melody and lyrics seem very pop to me as well.
Like I said, I still enjoy the song, but IMO it's not a country song at all. Which is fine, Carrie has a few songs that are very pop as well (she hasn't really released any of them as singles, though - the closest to that was UI but even that still had a country sound to it). I just hope that Lady A's album will reflect more of the sound from their first album instead of their second, because I found that their second was a little bit too safe and generic. The first album felt much more real and organic, and less calculated. I still enjoy both albums, but I prefer the more organic sound from Lady A.
All the "Contemporary Country" artist have the whole "their not country" shots taken at them by someone at some point.
What bugs me is the fans of one aritst saying that this person or that person isn't country when the artist they are a fan of has similar music on their albums. Nobody will argue that people like Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Jamey Johnson are country.
But when it comes to people like Carrie, Taylor, Lady A, Urban etc... you have some saying that they are country and other saying that they aren't country. They are either all country or none of them are, today's country is more hybrid of a country flavor with ALL kinds of other genres than it is just pure country like in the past.
Well, country or not, I've already listened to Just A Kiss like a 100 times. I love it.
I absolutely love 'Just A Kiss'. Everytime I listen to a Lady A song, I fall more in love with Charles' voice.
^That's because Charles has the sexiest voice in country music... well he and Billy Currington. You just melt.
I also love "Just a Kiss."
I've said it before and I'll say it again, if Charles and Carrie were ever to do a duet, I'd die and go to heaven. But I don't think it's likely that he'll ever do a duet without the rest of Lady A.
I have no issues with pop-country if it's done well- and so far Lady A has done it far better than most artists on the radio these days.
However, I do think both NYN and "Just A Kiss" have pure pop vibes to them- more 80's pop than modern, but still pop. Sometimes it's hard to describe why you hear what you do, but when I listen to their recent material I hear a laid-back pop vibe much more than I do country.
Reba McEntire is country-pop as well, and she's the Queen of Country.
Country Universe – A Country Music Blog » Single Review: Lady Antebellum, “Just a Kiss”Single Review: Lady Antebellum, “Just a Kiss”
by Kevin John Coyne
May 7, 2011
Gather up the Brat Pack. We’ve got the song they need for their third act montage.
“Just a Kiss” is pure eighties power pop, which translates into nineties adult contemporary and, sadly, twenty-first century country.
Like all hand-me-downs, there’s a comfort to be found in the well worn, but look closely and you’ll see the stitching is coming apart and the comfortably familiar is nearly worn out.
Written by Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott
The 1-to-10 Country Music Review: Lady Antebellum, "Just a Kiss"Lady Antebellum, "Just a Kiss"
by Ben Foster
Their previous single may have been one of their weakest, but the new single from Lady's Antebellum's upcoming third album may be a step in the right direction. On "Just a Kiss," lead vocalists Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley play the parts of young lovers in a budding relationship, experiencing strong feelings of desire, yet adhering to their better judgment. They opt to take it slow, settling for "Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight, just a touch in the fire burning so bright."
WHOA WHOA WHOA how was Hello World one of their weakest? That song seriously got overlooked by radio stations, no way it shouldn't have gone number 1. It was just too great. But whatever.
And about not being super obsessed with Lady A, yeah about that. I think I am.
Absolutely LOVING Just A Kiss. Country or not, I don't care at this point. Good music is good music, and this one is GREAT.
Well the fact that "Hello World" was the worst-performing single (sales-wise and airplay-wise) off the 4 singles of "Need You Now" justified the claim that it's their weakest single. Quality-wise us fans may rate it higher but it really isn't surprising for the press to make that claim. And it was a follow-up to three follow-up singles, not a "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" situation, where they were a newbie and just waiting to breakout.
Just announced today. The 3rd album will be called "Own the Night" and will be released September 13th!
I love the name!! I cant wait to hear it
Too bad it's sooooooo far away!
What do you guys thinks about these songs?
Not a fan of the JAK video. The acting was pretty terrible. haha. And while I don't mind the song, it's definitely not worthy of being a lead single. Or a single at all, really. I really enjoyed We Own the Night, though, can't wait to hear the studio version of that. And I've loved Dancing Away With My Heart since I first heard it.