After two years, Lady Antebellum has re-emerged with a lead single, “What If I Never Get Over You” from their new album Ocean, debuting Nov. 15. This album will be the first release since the trio, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, switched record labels from Capitol Nashville to Big Machine Label Group in 2018.
“We feel refreshed in a way artistically that we haven’t in a long time,” says Scott about the switch. The single comes with a new wave of creativity and vulnerability that stems from life experiences since 2017’s Heart Break. “It’s been so many years since we released a mid-tempo, longing, heartbreak duet that really we love and is so much a part of who we are as a band and how we started.”
“What If I Never Get Over You” was a natural pick for the trio’s lead single. The song was reminiscent of the band’s roots and familiar musically to early hit songs, like “Need You Now” and “I Run to You.” The song focuses on a universal question after breakups – what if nobody compares to you?
The conversation exchange between Kelley and Scott is somewhat optimistic: “It comes in waves, the letting go / But the memory fades, everybody knows” while Scott sings in verse two, “Maybe months go by, maybe years from now / And I meet someone and it’s workin’ out.” But each thought ends in doubt, which leads to the chorus.
“What if I’m tryin’, but then I close my eyes / And then I’m right back, lost in that last goodbye? / And what if time doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do? / What if I never get over you?”
In the end, the song never reaches a solid conclusion. The question is left unanswered, and the singers are left in contemplation.
Why Is It a Must Listen?
Lady Antebellum has built a reputation for singing heartfelt duets. The song gives fans a glimpse of the band’s early sound. The lyrics are catchy, relatable and to the point. I find myself singing this song in my head throughout the day without even realizing it.
The band performed a live acoustic version that elevates the song. The chemistry between the members is undeniably strong and endearing – the harmonies are beautiful and blend flawlessly in the chorus.
Make sure to check out this single and the new album when it drops Nov. 15.