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John Lamb, Published January 18 2014

Review: Lady Antebellum owns the dome

FARGO – When Lady Antebellum opened their Saturday night Fargodome show with “Compass,” the opening lines seemed quite fitting:

“Yeah it’s been a bumpy road/ Roller coasters high and low.”

Not ready to tour after singer Hillary Scott gave birth last summer, the group postponed their tour, pushing a November date back to January. Eight months after its release, the group’s latest disc, “Golden,” is the only one of their four albums not to go platinum.

Judging from the country trio's Fargodome show, things couldn't be better. Though only playing to less than half the house, the group gave it their all and those in attendance gave it all back.

The threesome popped up on small stage on the back of the floor and made their way through the crowd as they worked their way through the sing-along.

The pop theme carried over with "Better off Now That You're Gone" and teasing to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" in "Our Kind of Love."

Scott proved the rest was worth it as her voice was in fine form on "Get to Me," but it was the sassy “Downtown” toward the end of the set that let her show her stuff.

She and co-lead singer Charles Kelley played off each other from opposite ends of the Y-shaped cat-walk on the power ballad "Just a Kiss," another way to get closer to fans.

Mid-tempo serious songs are Lady A's specialty, but not always when they’re at their best. Wisely they mixed in their first hit, 2007's "Love Don't Live Here," between slow burns. Adding to the energy was Kelley running through the mostly female crowd with a video camera for screen time with fans. Scott later pulled one fan's phone up on stage for some selfies.

Antics aside, Lady A is a vocal band as Scott showed on "American Honey," dedicated to her young daughter. She turned it over to all the women in the crowd for the final chorus as the band died out, one of the night's most beautiful moments, even better than the sing-along to “Run to You” or the bombastic encore, “Need You Now.”

The full band came front and center for lip service to their country idols on "And the Radio Played." They then backed it up with covers of the folk tune “Man of Constant Sorrow” and the hymn “I’ll Fly Away” with openers Kacey Musgraves and Kip Moore joining them.

The night wrapped up touching back where it started. As “Compass” was written by two Norwegian pop producers, Lady A jammed Swedish DJ Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” with “Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” for a four-on-the-floor closer. The latter was written by country’s first family, the Carters, but this version borrowed more from the twist given in last year’s musical comedy “Pitch Perfect” and suggests Lady A could be moving even more toward pop in future recordings.

If the trio leans pop, Kip Moore is all rock. He provided the testosterone for the night with "Somethin’ ’bout a Truck." Even his light show was in-your-face - and if you were unlucky, blindingly in your eyes.

Opener Kacey Musgraves seemed like the most genuine country act on the bill, winning over the crowd with the grim "Merry-go Round" and heartfelt "Fol-low Your Arrow."

Still, her light voice got swallowed up in the half-empty Dome. It'll be interesting to see how she does when she returns in Au-gust, opening up for pop superstar Katy Perry.

That show will fill more than half the Dome.