Mr. Sun

Little Big Town

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Mr. Sun Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Take the title Mr. Sun to heart. This, Little Big Town's tenth proper studio album, is filled with sweetness, hope, and light, a record built for comfort, not speed. Consider the overwhelming sweetness as the band's way of processing the upheaval generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of wallowing in sorrow, they bask in the sunshine; even the slower ballads act as a balm, serving up soothing melodies instead of sadness. Such relentless positivity isn't monochromatic in the hands of Little Big Town -- which is good, as the record runs a very long 16 tracks. At that length, there's no avoiding a bit of sag. A whole lot of sweetness and light can be slightly stultifying, even when the slow tunes are executed with the precision of a pro. As good as those ballads are, Mr. Sun really springs to life when there's a slight spring in the group's step. The opener "All Summer" is candied perfection, a 1970s soft-rock melody given a spiffy reupholstering," "Heaven Had a Dance Floor" is a new wave spin on adult contemporary new wave, "Gold" is a bright rewrite of Maren Morris' "Rich," "Song Back" is a bright, pulsating number for a mature dance floor, while "Whiskey Colored Eyes" provides an ideal soundtrack for a sepia-toned sunset. These are the songs that give Mr. Sun its pulse and help keep things humming on this amiable affair.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Little Big Town 02:51 Amazon
2 Little Big Town 03:02 Amazon
3 Little Big Town 02:55 Amazon
4 Little Big Town 04:22 Amazon
5 Little Big Town 03:53 Amazon
6 Little Big Town 03:38 Amazon
7 Little Big Town 03:26 Amazon
8 Little Big Town 03:13 Amazon
9 Little Big Town 03:30 Amazon
10 Little Big Town 03:56 Amazon
11 Little Big Town 03:11 Amazon
12 Little Big Town 04:21 Amazon
13 Little Big Town 03:08 Amazon
14 Little Big Town 03:34 Amazon
15 Little Big Town 03:57 Amazon
16 Little Big Town 04:32 Amazon
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