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Pain Killer (Little Big Town album)

Pain Killer is the sixth studio album by American country music group Little Big Town. It was released on October 21, 2014, through Capitol Nashville.[1] Little Big Town co-wrote eight of the album's thirteen tracks.[2][3] Pain Killer was produced by Jay Joyce.[4]

Pain Killer
Pain Killer (Little Big Town album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 21, 2014 (2014-10-21)
LabelCapitol Nashville
ProducerJay Joyce
Little Big Town chronology
Pain Killer
Singles from Pain Killer
  1. "Day Drinking"
    Released: June 9, 2014
  2. "Girl Crush"
    Released: December 15, 2014
  3. "Pain Killer"
    Released: August 24, 2015


Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Country Weekly[8]B+
Los Angeles Times[9]    

Rating Pain Killer a "B+", Bob Paxman of Country Weekly praised the group's vocal harmonies and the songwriting, particularly the songs written by Lori McKenna, but criticized the "overly cluttered" production on some tracks.[8] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called the album as "the rarest thing in contemporary country, a record with an expansive world-view delivered with a kinetic kick and infallible melodies, a record that gives no indication of where it's going upon first listen but remains compelling upon further spins".[6]


Year Association Category Result
2015 Academy of Country Music Album of the Year Nominated
2015 Country Music Association Album of the Year Nominated
2016 Grammy Awards Best Country Album Nominated

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at number seven on Billboard 200 and number three on Top Country Albums chart, selling 42,000 copies in its first week.[10] As of January 2017, the album has sold 511,300 copies in the United States.[11] The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over a million units.

Track listingEdit

The album's track listing was announced on July 14.[12][13]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Quit Breaking Up with Me"
  • Fairchild
  • Schlapman
2."Day Drinking"
3."Tumble and Fall"
4."Pain Killer"
5."Girl Crush"
  • McKenna
  • Rose
  • Lindsey
6."Faster Gun"
  • Jeremy Spillman
  • Ryan Tyndell
  • Westbrook
  • Sweet
  • Sweet
  • Westbrook
7."Good People"
8."Stay All Night"
  • Sweet
  • Westbrook
9."Save Your Sin"
  • McKenna
  • Rose
  • Lindsey
10."Live Forever"
  • Fairchild
  • Westbrook
  • Sweet
  • Schlapman
  • Spillman
  • Tyndell
11."Things You Don't Think About"
12."Turn the Lights On"
  • Fairchild
  • Westbrook
  • Sweet
  • Schlapman
  • Hemby
  • Joyce
  • Spillman
13."Silver and Gold"


Adapted from Allmusic and Pain Killer liner notes.[6][14]

Little Big Town
  • Karen Fairchild — vocals
  • Kimberly Schlapman — vocals
  • Philip Sweet — vocals, drums, acoustic guitar
  • Jimi Westbrook — vocals, acoustic guitar



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,000,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Hicks, Gregory (July 20, 2014). "Little Big Town's 'Pain Killer' prescribed for October". The Tennessean. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  3. ^ Wyland, Sarah (July 16, 2014). "Little Big Town to Release Pain Killer on October 21". Great American Country. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Ragusa, Tammy (July 14, 2014). "Little Big Town to Release New Album, "Pain Killer," in October". Country Weekly. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Pain Killer Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  6. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Pain Killer - Little Big Town". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  7. ^ Newman, Melinda. "Little Big Town Finally Ready for the Big Time With Tour De Force 'Pain Killer'". Billboard.
  8. ^ a b Paxman, Bob (3 November 2014). "Pain Killer by Little Big Town". Country Weekly. 21 (44): 66. ISSN 1074-3235.
  9. ^ Wood, Mikael. "Little Big Town revisits the song doctor on 'Pain Killer'". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ Wade Jessen, Nashville (October 30, 2014). "Little Big Town Leaps Onto Top Country Albums". Billboard.
  11. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 22, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: January 23, 2017". Roughstock.
  12. ^ Betts, Stephen (July 14, 2014). "Little Big Town's 'Pain Killer' Fills October Prescription". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  13. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (July 14, 2014). "Little Big Town's 'Pain Killer' To Release in October". MusicRow. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  14. ^ Pain Killer (CD booklet). Little Big Town. Capitol Records Nashville. 2014. B0021360-02.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  16. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 19.03.2016 (wk11)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
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  19. ^ "Little Big Town Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  21. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums: 2015 Year-End top-selling albums across all genres". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2015 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Little Big Town – Pain Killer". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.