When You Were Mine
Label: Capitol Nashville
Just a year after the soft-rock crossover smash Need You Now made stars of this sweetly harmonizing coed Nashville trio, Lady Antebellum are back, still more Fleetwood Mac than "country," still rhapsodizing love in its various permutations, from vaguely sensual reminisces to the hit abstinence anthem "Just a Kiss." Pianos and pathos are your constants. Aside from the distorted guitar on "Friday Night" and the strings-and-flute outro to "Cold as Stone," nothing gets too corny. Album thesis: "Love is the heart of the world." "When You Were Mine" is not a Prince cover. It's for the best.