Love on the Inside

Love on the Inside

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by Sugarland
     
 

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Georgia's chart-topping contemporary country-rock act Sugarland hit pay dirt on their first two albums, Twice the Speed of Life and Enjoy the Ride, which eventually sold over three million copies apiece. The duo of Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles

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Georgia's chart-topping contemporary country-rock act Sugarland hit pay dirt on their first two albums, Twice the Speed of Life and Enjoy the Ride, which eventually sold over three million copies apiece. The duo of Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles initially had their roots in the Georgia alt-rock scene and connected with the more rockist sounds of 21st century country. Scoring hit single and after hit single, they became a top-selling concert draw, but in the pressure and hustle Bush and Nettles became somewhat unsatisfied with their writing and recording processes. For Love on the Inside, they flexed some hard-won industry muscle and successfully lobbied Mercury to let them co-produce their own record (with Byron Gallimore) and record in Georgia instead of Music City. The result is the most organic of Sugarland's three albums. Cut live from the floor, Bush and Nettles' vocals were tracked in the midst of a band playing around them with few overdubs. Repeated takes yielded performance-quality vocals and very natural-sounding guitars, B-3s, mandolins, pianos, and drums (from Matt Chamberlain no less). The songs here are entire levels above anything they've written. Love on the Inside is an album-length reflection on love in its many forms -- from new love to grief, betrayal, regret, loss, and rediscovery. There's plenty of the personal in this set, too; Nettles went through a divorce during its creation (check "It Happens," "Keep You," and "Take Me as I Am"). The set hinges on the three songs at its heart: first is the innocent yet feverish first flush of new love on "We Run." Played mostly on acoustic instruments, it celebrates the birth of love as beginning and end in itself. There's the obsession and lump-in-your-throat heat that this is it. The tune is followed by "Joey," a song about a lost love that's too late to resurrect -- the bereft and abandoned and once Beloved is no longer on the planet. The emotion in Nettles' voice -- especially as it is buoyed by Bush's in the refrain and the wide-open ringing guitars and mandolins -- is devastating. The trilogy ends with the magnificently poetic "Love." It commences with acoustic and electric guitars and Nettles asking questions as to the nature of our most mysterious emotion. Her lyrics are transcendent, profound. With a guitar riff worthy of U2 at their most anthemic, she asks, "Is it the one you call home?/Is it the Holy Land?/Is it standing right here, holding your hand...?/I say it's Love." When Bush enters with his deepest growl to underscore her every line, you'd have to have sawdust for blood not to be deeply, authentically moved. It seems to say, no matter whatever else it is, love is redemption. "Genevieve" is a romantic country gospel tune reminiscent of "Long Black Veil." There is also humor in the sideways tribute "Steve Earle," with its tongue firmly in cheek but devoid of simple novelty -- Nettles' smile has a trace of the shadow as well. While this set is saturated with hunger and ambition, it's also confident and sophisticated -- the album sounds as if they meant every word but had a great time making it. They prove they were always meant to be a live act whether in the studio or on a concert stage.

Editorial Reviews

The Associated Press
With more grit and less polish than their first two, the disc has a loose, soulful groove to it.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
Label:
Mercury Nashville
UPC:
0602517691629
catalogNumber:
001127302
Rank:
7776

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Love on the Inside 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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jkbMO More than 1 year ago
Sugarland is one of my favorite artists and this CD is exceptional! Love it from beginning to end! There are some of the best songs in the music industry on this CD.
Captain-Morgan11 More than 1 year ago
A real crowd-pleaser!
Yggdrasil More than 1 year ago
Imagery makes you feel good. Emotions come across in the music.
SCSandy More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best CDs I've ever purchased. I think Jennifer Nettles has one of the purest, strongest voices I've ever heard and the songs they chose for this CD highlight her amazing talent. Every song is wonderful. A must have for any Sugarland fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real bomb, this gal has her passion in her sleeves. Loved it.
Ghostgirl24 More than 1 year ago
I love Sugarland and this cd, its really is great. Her voice is so unique! My favorite song is "It Happens"! It's one of those great songs to sing to with the windows down and the wind blowing on a summer day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Sugarland and I found this CD disappointing. There are a couple of good songs and the rest are just OK. This is definitely one CD that I will play as a mix on my car CD changer as it is rather annoying to listen to it all at once.
ciciboy More than 1 year ago
I love the story telling in Sugarland's Music! I enjoy being able to sing aloud at the top of my lungs while driving to work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer and Christian (Sugarland) are the best current artists in Country music today. This is a fine album, but, there are a few tracks at the end that could have been omitted for better songs. Buy the album, but not the "live" performance that was carried on TV nationally. The live show had too much meaningless lights, glitz and over the top hard rock style junk. You two are country artists, so keep it simple. You have actual talent, so don't try to be so techno that you lose your true artistry behind the lights and baubles. Remember what Hank Williams (Sr. of course) once said. The fans buy your records (sic), and they expect at a live performance to hear your songs just like they are on the record. Don't mess with success. You two have something great, so remember your roots.
EyeHrtSugrlnd More than 1 year ago
This is another great album from Sugarland. Jennifer Nettles has an amazing voice!
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