Sugarland - Enjoy The Ride
Ross, CSO Staff Journalist
a week in the Boston area and the busy lifestyle there, I was
ready to get back to my country frame of mind. Well the trip
home didnít help, I was not only stuck in Boston until
almost eleven oíclock at night, my connecting flight in New
York was supposed to be at nine oíclock the same evening so,
you guessed it, I was stuck in the busiest city ever, New York
City. When I finally returned home I was ready for a break.
That break was sitting on my front step in the form of a
little manila envelope. I opened it to find the new album, Enjoy
The Ride, by Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles; the
dynamic duo that comprises Sugarland.
I brought it to
my office and put it in the stereo, I couldnít just listen
to this one all the way through like I normally do, I think I
repeated "Settliní" the first song, at least three
times and thought to myself "oh this is going to be my
favorite one". This song should be every girlís motto;
"I ainít settliní for anything less than
everything". What an awesome song. Then I went on to song
number two, "County Line". Personally I come from a
country living lifestyle packed with 4H competitions down at
the county fair where everyone knows each other by name. As
Sugarland sings "out where your troubles canít find you
/ out where you leave them all behind;" they hit the nail
right on the head.
So there I sat
with two favorites on the Enjoy The Ride album and the
third song starts. "Want It" easily became another
favorite; do you see a pattern here? Sugarland sings the
chorus "the world could change in a minute / just one
kiss could stop it spinning / we could think it through / but
I donít want to / if you donít want to."
Each song on
this album effectively delivers its own story or lesson via
the powerful vocals reinforced by plenty of that sizzling
country attitude that Sugarland possesses.
Ending," yes another favorite, opens your eyes to the
here and now; "The first and last breath donít matter /
itís all the ones that are in between." This is such a
simple lesson, but one that can most assuredly impact your
life with great magnitude. "From the beginning / weíre
all looking for a happy ending". I think just about
everyone can relate to this song because we are all looking
for a happy ending and sometimes we take what is facing us
presently for granted.
accelerates into three more incredible songs "These Are
The Days", "One Blue Sky", and "April
Showers" then they send you into the wild ride loop to
loops with "Mean Girls", a fun, crazy, rock your
socks tune about mean girls. They hit the brakes and bring you
to an easy cruising speed with "Stay" an emotional
song about attempting to get back love lost; "Why donít
you stay / Iím down on my knees / Iím so tired of being
lonely / donít I give you what you need?" This is
another song that will touch the lives of many.
You come to the
end of this musical ride with another great love song,
"Sugarland;" and now that I have come to the end of
this roller coaster ride through lessons in love and life I am
getting another ticket (in this case pressing the play button
again). I enjoyed the ride so much I donít want it to stop
so I may even get an all day pass (by putting it on repeat).
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2. County Line
3. Want To
4. Everyday America
5. Happy Ending
6. These Are The Days
7. One Blue Sky
8. April Showers
9. Mean Girls
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