A trio of siblings from Alabama, The Band Perry aims to combine Taylor Swift's romantic confessionals with Lady Antebellum's female-male harmonies, sunny melodies and cheerful group camaraderie. They even bring together the producers of those acts, with Nathan Chapman (Swift) and Paul Worley (Lady A) combining their talents behind the Perrys.
For the most part, The Band Perry achieves the balance they seek. Their young voices work well with the youthful themes and stripped-down arrangements. For example, "If I Die Young," the family's second single, provides an unusually effective diversion when heard on country radio.
As a rule, Kimberly Perry takes the lead vocal, with brothers Reid Perry on bass and Neil Perry on mandolin providing harmony support. They occasionally rock, such as on "Miss You Being Gone," which is driven by an old-school electric guitar riff, or take a bluesy tone, as on "Postcard From Paris." But the emphasis is on easygoing, back-porch music, led by fiddle and mandolin, as on "Quittin' You" and "Hip to My Heart."
The group may not rocket to the top such as those they model themselves on. But they are an interesting addition to country music's current youth movement.
Check out this track: On "Independence," Kimberly Perry more forcefully asserts her personality than on other songs. When she declares "independence is busting out of me" as the track builds into an anthem, there's little doubt she's going to make the most of her freedom.
Michael McCall, For The Associated Press
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