The Band Perry, "The Band Perry"

Album Review

Alabama-bred sibling trio the Band Perry has already built anticipation for its full-length debut, primarily with the top 20 country singles "Hip to My Heart" and the gold "If I Die Young." Expectations can backfire, but in this case they don't. The self-titled set is 11 tracks of crackling energy, shimmering sister-brother harmonies and smart lyricism with some clever twists and turns. Lead singer Kimberly Perry is sassy and forthright, telling a lover, "I like your lips like I like my Coca-Cola," and lamenting that an unsatisfying romance is "like finding out your diamond is from an old promise ring." There are more hits waiting to happen here, including the Celtic-flavored "Walk Me Down the Middle," the defiant "Independence" and the torchy "Lasso." Elsewhere, the rocking track "Quittin' You" and soul-tinged "Double Heart" show some stylistic depth. Lady Antebellum, Sugarland and the like need to make some room, because this trio is ready to take a deserved place in country's genre-blended ranks.