March 28th, 2012, 2:26 pm · · posted by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Lady Antebellum is arguably the most successful and certainly the most honored group from a trend I like to think of as the Happy Macs – that ongoing proliferation of co-ed, kinda-country acts who have all the appearances of Fleetwood Mac’s incestuous creativity, and plenty of their harmonic smoothness, but none of the actual inter-band heartbreak and drama.
There are a slew of ’em these days: Sugarland, family outfit the Band Perry, husband-and-wife duos Thompson Square (currently one of Lady A’s opening acts) and Steel Magnolia (though that pair has yet to get hitched), plus that double-dose of wedded bliss, the two couples who comprise Little Big Town. Heck, even the folkier Civil Wars, a male/female duo who are (gasp!) married to other people, still fits the bill.
But Lady Antebellum, which shined brightly Tuesday night at a sold-out Staples Center in its first headlining arena performance in Southern California, is positively the Mac-iest of the Happy Macs in both spirit and sound.
They barely sound country; you’d never know they were from Nashville if they didn’t mention. Were it not for Hillary Scott’s high, reedy flourishes, very much akin to Dolly Parton’s or Alison Krauss’ flutters, you’d be hard-pressed to detect the faintest hint of Southern hospitality in their music.
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