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Sugarland - Love On the Inside

Album Review By: Brianna Nightingale, CSO Staff Journalist
8/12/08

I have traveled to many places around the world and found that there is love on the inside of a lot of people, places and things. Most recently, however, I have found that the love seeping out of Nashville comes in the form of a new CD. Through catchy melodies and deep, clever lyrics, Sugarland finds Love On the Inside of their brand new album.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have put together a perfect blend of ballads as well as uptempo and midtempo songs on Love On the Inside. This arrangement of incredible tunes, which were penned by Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush and several remarkable co-writers, is inspiring.

Listening closely to the lyrics on each individual song, I find myself wanting to start each song over once it is finished, just to catch one more part that I missed. I guess it is similar to watching a movie. When you see it the second time, you catch something that you missed the first time around. There is so much packed into each line of the lyrics, it will astonish you.

The dating game is laid on the line with “Take Me As I Am.” To sum it up, you either like me or you don’t, but I am not going to change just for you.

Two live recordings, “Come And Get Higher” and “Life In A Northern Town,” which has been made into a video and televised, are included toward the end.

“We Run,” “Genevieve” and “Already Gone” are quick and addicting while the lyrics in “Very Last Country Song” and “Fall Into Me” are almost as deep as “What I’d Give,” which you will not want to miss.

Sugarland found a way to turn a quite depressing, yet unique song into a slightly more tolerable cut. It’s not slow; it’s a midtempo song but still carries the heartbreaking message.

I have known several people, myself included, who have found it hard to let go of someone who does not treat them the way they should, especially in a relationship. Each line of “Wishing” admits that in such a way that people going through this will find comfort.

But sometimes
There's those times
Its gotta be you
I keep telling myself I'm moving on
But I'm stumbling
Believing my heart was strong enough
And now I'm wondering
But every step that I talk that leads me away
Just circles back to your door
Wishing that I didn't love you anymore”


If I said I hadn’t listened to “It Happens” several hundred times, I’d be lying. This is one of the catchiest, while still well-thought out, songs that I have heard in a while.

I almost feel as if a review of this album is like ruining the ending of a good movie. It’s one of those things you just have to hear for yourself. If you plan on purchasing one country album this year, make it this one.


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