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Single Review: ‘Sober’ – Little Big Town

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Songwriters: Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna

Little Big Town is finishing out the successful Tornado album era with the midtempo ‘Sober.’

The song draws the oft-used comparison of love as intoxication, but befitting the songwriting talent of Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna, manages to say it in a way we haven’t quite heard before.

For the first time, Kimberly Schlapman takes lead vocal on a single. But the quartet’s signature four-part harmony is never far away and helps lift up the gorgeous chorus:

“‘Cause I love being in love
It’s the best kind of drug
Drunk on the high, leanin’ on your shoulder
Sweeter like a wine as it gets older
When I die I don’t wanna go sober”

The song is wrapped in a warm but lean arrangement, and with not a lot of music filling in the background, this is all about the vocals. Never a bad thing with this group.

‘Sober’ could restore LBT’s success at radio after the disappointing run of ‘Your Side of the Bed’ (which, though a great song, was simply released at the wrong time of year).