SINGLE REVIEW: Lady Antebellum “Bartender”

Girl, you need to go out, dance the night away and forget that man. That is precisely what Lady Antebellum does, recounting the emotions of just wanting to have a good time in “Bartender”. The sultry new single, the first from an upcoming album, is sure to be a hit, especially with woman as it speaks of a night most of us have experienced; what is more identifiable than wanting to get dressed up, go out for a night dancing with your girlfriends, and be hit on by other men to forget the one you just lost?
Written by Lady Antebellum members Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelley and co-written by Rodney Clawson (Blake Shelton – ‘Drink on It’, Luke Bryan – ‘Drunk On You’), the lyrics just make you feel seductive….

“Now there’s only one thing left for me to do

Slip on my favorite dress and sky high leather boots

Check the mirror one last time

Kiss the past goodbye”

And the beat, which is a little more edgy for Lady A, will have you swaying your hips: “It was an effort to mix it up with who we write with,” Kelley says. “It took us out of our comfort zone a little bit. (Rodney’s) style hasn’t always been something that Lady Antebellum has done. … Then we were talking to him and it was like, ‘Hey, man, come on the road and let’s see what we come up with.’ It’s always surprising when you get one style mixed with a completely different style.”

And as with any song from this fantastic trio, the harmonies are perfection. Although directed towards the fairer sex, Kelley compliments Scott during portions of the verses, with Haywood joining the two on the chorus –

“What I’m really needing now

Is a double shot of Crown

Chase that disco ball around

‘Til I don’t remember

Go until they cut me off

Wanna get a little lost

In the noise, in the lights

Hey bartender pour ‘em hot tonight

‘Til the party and music and the truth collide

Bring it ‘til his memory fades away

Hey bartender”.

It’s a different sound for Lady Antebellum but it is good. This reviewer expects a lot of radio play for this single from the harmonic trio.

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