Front Porch Thing
Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Sure, Little Big Town has had their moments (few songs are more infectious than the charged "Little White Church"), but the quartet's fifth album, Tornado, and its smash "Pontoon," should finally get the band firmly into the spotlight. Opener "Pavement Ends" is a rollickin' feel-good number that features awesome banjo pickin' and the band's signature harmonies, and "Can't Go Back" is an impressive showpiece for just how lush and blended these guys can get. Other highlights include the somber "On Your Side of the Bed," the woman-as-force-of-nature anthem "Tornado" and the quietly defiant "Sober."