If I Die Young
Label: Big Machine Label Group, LLC
Eat your heart out, Sugarland! This boy-girl country crew combines sass and sweetness, pop and bluegrass (and some dirty rock licks), couching it all in sweet, close sibling harmonies. The debut from the Mobile brothers-and-sister trio hits all the benchmarks of a good country-pop album: rollicking kiss-off songs, brokenhearted ballads, pinches of honky-tonk and Appalachian folk. But they've also got a host of quirks up their sleeves (like the jazzy, piano-driven break on "You Lie" or the unexpected arpeggiated melody on the bridge of "Miss You Being Gone") that help them break the mold.