Album: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now (Parlophone)

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The UK may still be infatuated with Lady Gaga, but America has gone gaga over Lady Antebellum – and it's easy to see why, given the way the trio's politely rockin' country-pop fits the same musical demographic which made Garth Brooks the most bankable singer on the planet.

It's full of cornball imagery like "your heart is a free bird on a lazy Sunday afternoon", with a lyrical landscape studded with open highways, little white churches and "wild wild whispers in the morning wind", set to arrangements whose rock'n'roll itself has no trace of that wildness. Then again, there's no denying the charm with which the male and female voices dovetail so neatly, or the obvious crossover appeal of the title-track, the kind of song destined to hang around classic-rock radio for decades to come.

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