Recommendation XXXVII: Little Big Town

It’s Election Day and I just had to make a new entry. A few hours ago, I turned in my absentee voting ballot and I’m excited (and nervous at the same time) to watch the results on TV tonight. I won’t tell you who I voted for, since this is not a political blog – it’s strictly mostly a music blog – but I will encourage strongly that anyone who can vote, to do so.  This is my first time voting, so this was my first time seeing how confusing the amendments can be (the devil is in the details…. you read the fine print on those closely!), so anyone who votes, don’t go by commercials, read up on both sides and make a well-thought-out decision based on your views.  Visiting California last week, on the trip I mentioned before, I could clearly see how the election has impacted my college and its students. It’s really made them, and I as well, more active and vocal about different issues, the likes of which I’ve never experienced in my life before, so I’m enjoying that.  Voting in most places is done at 7pm, and that’s coming up pretty soon for some areas, so get out there!  Vote!  Anyway, I know it’s been a while since my last recommendation post (over a month!), so here it is…

My thirty-seventh recommendation is: Little Big Town’s “Novocaine” from their 2007 A Place to Land album.  I thought this was a perfect song to choose for today, because it’s positive and uplifting, and a great tie in to this day (I had lots of sad songs on my list that just wouldn’t work out lol).  I’m also very glad to finally get a separate post in on Little Big Town.  I’ve been a fan of their’s since “Boondocks” came out, and like everybody else, I can’t get enough of their beautiful harmonies.  They really cannot make a bad song, or sound bad on anything they sing.  One of things I respect them a lot for is the way they change the lead vocal in their music, and don’t keep it all the same – every group member has their own individual personality and vocal, which separates them from other groups/bands.  I may not own any of their albums yet, but I’ve bought several of their material off of iTunes.  I kinda still wish that LBT was still with independent label, Equity Music Group, because their success with them was a step in the right direction for independent labels, and now they’re with Capitol Nashville (though, the new album cover looks loads better).

The first time I heard “Novocaine” was when I was in New Mexico on a trip.  I heard it on XM Radio, and I assumed it was their next radio single, but found out later, it was not (the equally awesome, “Fine Line” replaced it, I think with the record label transition decision).  I was drawn right away to the Sheryl Crow “A Change Would Do You Good”-ish flavor it had, plus the bluegrass touch with the heavy dobro usage (LBT’s good with that).  It’s definitely modern country with a heavy California sound to it, I’d say.  Vocal-wise, of course, all their harmonies are present, but Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet are the lead vocalists with the other two [Jimi Westbook and Kimberly Schlapman, (formerly Roads)] joining them in the chorus.  The song’s lyrics are about one lover’s proclamation that they’ll fix everything for the better if given the chance, using the metaphor that they’ll ease the pain just like Novocaine anesthetically does for the teeth after a trip to the dentist (okay, when I word it like that, it sounds way too silly, but it doesn’t come off that way.  It’s a cool and catchy kinda silly ;-) ).  I thought that the lyrics are a suitable connection to today’s election: both candidates promise change and we all believe one of them, can bring us that (whether it’s good or bad change, we will see).

I actually bought “Novocaine” before the whole label situation, when it was on Equity.  I wanted to recommend this stellar track a while back, but iTunes, temporarily, removed the album from its selection, just so Capitol could re-release it, with the bonus tracks.  I’m just glad it’s back, or it’d be tough to obtain the song lol.  Like I mentioned above, the new album cover is much better than the previous one.  Btw, make sure to check out a new 12-question interview with Little Big Town on The 9513.

So buy the song and make sure to vote!

Thanks for reading!

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Here are the full lyrics to “Novocaine”, written by Karen Fairchild, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, & Jimi Westbrook:

Baby, it’s alright (alright)
Somehow we’re gonna get to the bottom of this
If it takes us all night (all night)
We’ll work it till we find that something that fits
Come on, let me kiss and make it better
And better ain’t the best I can do

I’ll take your wrong and make it right
I’ll take your load and make it light
Dry your eyes and you can bet
Any hurt that you remember gonna help you forget
Make you numb to the pain
Hey, I’ll be your Novocaine

We’ll have us a good time (good time)
Baby, let me pull you out of the shade
Meet me in the sunshine (sunshine)
Do you wanna come out and play?
Baby, there’s been a lot of talkin’
But talkin’ ain’t all I wanna do

I’ll take your wrong and make it right
I’ll take your load and make it light
Dry your eyes and you can bet
Any hurt that you remember gonna help you forget
Make you numb to the pain
Hey, I’ll be your Novocaine

Come on, let me kiss and make it better
And better ain’t the best I can do

I’ll take your wrong and make it right
I’ll take your load and make it light
Dry your eyes and you can bet
Any hurt that you remember gonna help you forget
Make you numb to the pain
Hey, I’ll –
Take your wrong and make it right
I’ll take your load and make it light
Dry your eyes and you can bet
Any hurt that you remember gonna help you forget
Make you numb to the pain
Hey, I’ll be your Novocaine

Make you numb to the pain
Hey, I’ll be your Novocaine

Make you numb to the pain
Hey, I’ll be your Novocaine

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http://www.littlebigtown.com/

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2 Comments

  1. Great song choice but I have to disagree with this statement…”though, the new album cover looks loads better”

  2. I dunno, I didn’t care for the last one (with Equity). It was decent, and I liked the whole retro-70’s thing it had goin’ on with it, but this new one is, I guess, more hip and colorful lol.


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