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Chuck Arnold
February 23, 2017 AT 12:32 PM EST

We gave it an A-

They may have been around for more than 18 years, but Little Big Town has really been on a roll since scoring their first No. 1 country song—and first Grammy—with 2012’s “Pontoon.” The quartet notched the same double slay with 2014’s “Girl Crush,” and are halfway there to doing it again with current hit “Better Man,” the chart-topping first single off their seventh studio album, The Breaker. Written by Taylor Swift—who, even though she has gone pop, still knows how to compose a killer country tune—“Better Man” is a bittersweet beauty of a breakup song where to “know why we had to say goodbye like the back of my hand” doesn’t help in the middle of the night. Although the rest of The Breaker may not be blessed with the T-Swizzle magic, there are some more strong contenders for your next breakup playlist. “When Someone Stops Loving You” gets all the post-dump details right, while the title track crushes you softly from the heartbreaker’s perspective. But the album isn’t all wistful mistiness: LBT’s glistening harmonies beam a little California sunshine on “Night on Our Side,” which anticipates that “we might live forever for a little while tonight.”

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