Need You Now

 
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Aside from mature title track, country CD is pretty clean.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though the casual romantic liaison described in "Need You Now" is questionable, the rest of this record includes mostly positive messages -- encouraging people to live in the moment and embrace the good things in life.

Positive role models

The three members of Lady Antebellum lead wholesome, drama-free public lives.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The single "Need You Now" doesn't go into explicit detail, but it makes an unmistakable reference to a late-night hookup.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The title track talks about being a "little drunk," and "Stars Tonight" describes buying "another round."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the worst lyrics in the album are offered in the title track, which describes a person who drinks too much one evening and then asks a former flame to come over in the middle of the night. Despite this mature reference to an alcohol-fueled sexual encounter, the song -- and the rest of the record -- doesn't include graphic language, detailed sexual descriptions, or talk of substance use beyond drinking in two songs.

What's the story?

NEED YOU NOW is the sophomore album from Lady Antebellum, the sizzling-hot country trio that's blazed up the country charts with the record's first single by the same name. In that song, the group of two guys and one girl sing about getting "a little drunk" one night, losing control, and calling an old love over in the middle of the night. This is the most mature tune on the CD; otherwise, the remaining 10 tracks are largely innocuous, including one other light reference to drinking ("let's buy another round") and no swearing.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While it's no great feat of musical creativity, Need You Now is undeniably appealing. Lead vocalists Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott sing several very pretty melodies, often accompanied by the trio's third member, Dave Haywood, on piano. The keys lend a modern, pop-like tone to the music, while the addition of more traditional country instruments like slide guitar and fiddle give these songs a distinctly country feel. The end result is super radio-friendly tunes like the title track that are sure to get tons of airplay.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what might lead a person to drink too much and then try to hook-up with an old boyfriend or girlfriend. What are some of the consequences that could come of this?

  • Talk about the many positive messages here. How can kids take the band's advice and live life to the fullest? What are five things you can do to focus on the here and now, rather than worry about the past or the future?

Music details

Artist:Lady Antebellum
Release date:January 26, 2010
Label:Capitol
Genre:Country
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byshedevilcheri July 4, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written bysweet4ng3L March 9, 2010
 
;) nice song.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bycrushcrush149 February 18, 2010
 

ugh

honestly, their style just sucks. It's nothing the world hasn't heard a million times. Not that it's inappropriate, their just talentless.

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