You'll be glad to here that 'Golden' may just be the trio's finest album to date. It has a good balance of up-tempos, mid-tempos and ballads.
Opening track "Get To Me" is a solid mid-tempo with solid vocals from Hillary Scott. Not groundbreaking, but solid.
The recently released "Goodbye Town", written by the 3 of them with Josh Kear, is one of their best released singles in recent memory. Producer Paul Worley does a good job of alowing Charles' and Hillary's vocals to shine through.
Speaking of vocals, I never realized how great of a vocalist Charles Kelley was until this album. I mean, I always thought he had a good voice but man, after 'Golden' I think he may be one of the best mainstream vocalists in the genre.
His voice remains solid on any type of single. This fact is proved best by 3 singles that are among the best on the album. Up-tempo "Better Off (Now That You're Gone)" which is backed up by a solid arrangement that verges on country-rock, mid-tempo love song "Can't Stand The Rain", and perhaps the best one of the bunch, title-track "Golden" which Paul Worley pairs with a laid-bakc, country arrangement, which helps Charles sound better than he ever has.
Enough with Charles Kelley love. It's Hillary's turn. Scott turns in a chaming performance on "Nothing Like The First Time". She also performs ballad "It Ain't Pretty" (which sound like something Jana Kramer might sing) very nicely. Though she might not have the range of a Martina McBride or a Carrie Underwood, she makes it work. Quite well I might add.
"Downtown" and "Long Teenage Goodbye" bring some fun to the album, making 'Golden' the complete package.
'Golden' shows growth and maturity from a group oozing with talent. It shows their willingness to be more than "Need You Now"+A couple other ballads. Most of all, it shows that Hillary and Charles can be among the genres best when paired with tasteful production.
Well done Lady A, well done.
Top Tracks: "Better Off (Now That You're Gone)", "Golden", "Goodbye Town"