Lady Antebellum - "I Run To You"

With a pair of hit singles, a few awards and a coveted Grammy Award nomination for "Best New Artist," to say that 2008 was a great year for Lady A is an understatement.  With the new year a few weeks old, the trio is now out to make 2009 even greater.  Will this single help them?

Lady Antebellum made quite a statement in 2008. Besides winning the ACM’s Top New Duo or Group award and being named the CMA’s New Artist of the Year, they were also nominated for the Grammy Association’s Best New Artist award. All this before their third single was even released. Now primed for radio, Lady Antebellum’s “I Run to You” opens with a thumping bass drum as an organ and bass guitar pick out the melody, flowing in and out of harmony and setting up the rest of the song beautifully.

The first verse consists of Charles Kelley singing four quick lines alone like a country Bruce Springsteen before Hillary Scott enters to sing the second half of the verse alone with the same melody. The co-lead singers come together at the first pre-chorus and the song takes off as they sing, “That’s when I run to you.”

The chorus is quick and catchy as both Kelley and Scott’s voices interlock for the rest of the song. The quick-tempo slows down momentarily at an interlude that mimics the song’s opening, but other than that, this pop-country number comes in a pretty tight package. The melodies are nice and hook the listener instantly as they’re the type to stick with you long after the first listen. Unfortunately, the song does run a little long, as the final 30 seconds seem extraneous after the climactic third chorus.