Love on the Inside [Deluxe Fan Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Georgia's chart-topping contemporary country-rock act Sugarland hit pay dirt on their first two albums -- their Twice the Speed of Life debut and sophomore Enjoy the Ride sold over two 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, the songwriting duo 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Georgia's chart-topping contemporary country-rock act Sugarland hit pay dirt on their first two albums -- their Twice the Speed of Life debut and sophomore Enjoy the Ride sold over two 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, the songwriting duo 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 -- 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. It 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. [The Deluxe Fan Edition contains five bonus tracks, including stellar live versions of the Dream Academy hit "Life in a Northern Town" and Matt Nathanson's gorgeous "Come on Get Higher," as well as exclusive online bonuses.]
The Associated Press
With more grit and less polish than their first two, the disc has a loose, soulful groove to it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • UPC: 602517749771
  • Catalog Number: 001147602
  • Sales rank: 40,712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All I Want to Do (3:33)
  2. 2 It Happens (3:01)
  3. 3 We Run (3:56)
  4. 4 Joey (4:02)
  5. 5 Love (4:29)
  6. 6 Genevieve (3:17)
  7. 7 Already Gone (4:35)
  8. 8 Keep You (4:35)
  9. 9 Take Me as I Am (4:03)
  10. 10 What I'd Give (5:57)
  11. 11 Steve Earle (3:37)
  12. 12 Very Last Country Song (3:48)
  13. 13 Fall into Me (4:46)
  14. 14 Operation: Working Vacation (4:00)
  15. 15 Wishing (4:11)
  16. 16 Life in a Northern Town - Jake Owen (4:15)
  17. 17 Come on Get Higher (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sugarland Primary Artist
David Angell Violin
Paul Bushnell Bass
John Catchings Cello
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums
David Davidson Violin
Dan Dugmore Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Shannon Forrest Percussion, Drums
Michael Landau Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Travis Aaron McNabb Percussion, Drums
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Brandon Bush Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Wurlitzer
Scott Patton Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Jennifer Nettles Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Jimi Westbrook Vocals
Annie Clements Bass, Background Vocals
Phillip Sweet Vocals
Kimberly Schlapman Vocals
Thad Beaty Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Tim Owens Composer
Byron Gallimore Producer
Julian King Engineer
Nick Laird-Clowes Composer
Kristin Wilkinson Orchestration
Gilbert Gabriel Composer
Brandon Bush String Arrangements
David Haskell Engineer
Erik Lutkins Engineer
Matt Nathanson Composer
Jennifer Nettles Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Adam Ayan Mastering
Jeff Cohen Composer
Clayton Mitchell Composer
Sara Lesher Engineer
Bobby Pinson Composer
Gail A. Gellman Management
Scooter Carusoe Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A song for everything a country fan goes through

    If you love country music because its about real life then this is a great disc for you!! There is something for anything you need music for. It has been my way to unwind since the day I bought it.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love CD! Hate Shipping!

    The CD rocks!!! but the thing that does not rock is the shipping, it say usually within 24 hours... but it was more than a week for me... why is it that when you buy more you get better shipping and when you buy less the shipping stinks?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE THIS CD

    This is an amazing CD it is worth the money to get it. I love every song on it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    This was given as a Christmas gift and they said it was a great CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    It's Sugarland, what can I say?

    I love sugarland. My favorite songs are Love and All I want to do. I havent listened to all the songs, but they sound pretty good on Itunes. You can get some of my recommended items cheaper at other stores. Some are cheaper here. I suggest to comparison shop at Target, Walmart, and half.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Disappointment

    This album will not disappoint new and old fans alike. The crisp, heartfelt vocals we've all come to love from Nettles yet once again will pull at your heart strings inducing every emotion possible throughout the whole. Lines including &quot I wanna be the one you reach for first&quot from Fall into Me, &quot But every step I take that leads me away, just circles back to your door, wishing I didn't love you&quot from Wishing, and &quot Make the mistakes that she (mother) made&quot from Already Gone all can be related to anyone who ran away from home to &quot grow up&quot , took a chance on love and lost someone special, or in general did some living. This album is amazing !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best cd made....EVER

    This is my favorite cd I have. Jennifer is so amazing!!! I love the songs It happens, genevieve, and Steve Earl. Sugarland is the best ever and they deserve entertainer of the year!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definately their best.

    So, I bought the Deluxe Fan Edition abut 2 days or so after it came out, after having &amp quot All I Want To Do&amp quot stuck in my head incessantly for a few days. Well, it's still stuck in my head -- along with quite a bit of the other songs at some point in the day! Needless to say, this album is good -- definitely their best work, not a single song is wasted. I would definitely encourage getting the Deluxe Edition--you'd just be robbing yourself of some good music. &quot Of the bonus songs, I'd have to say &amp quot Come On Get Higher&amp quot is the best!&quot

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