The Incredible Machine

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Look no further than the Deluxe Edition of Sugarland's Love on the Inside for the roots of The Incredible Machine. On the earlier record, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles placed a cover of the Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town," which was originally recorded during the '80s; and the '80s are the inspiration for the duo's fourth studio offering co-produced with Byron Gallimore. The steam-punk cover art notwithstanding, the melodies, harmonies, textures, and dynamics for most of the album's 11 tracks are rooted in music from the early MTV-era. The set begins with the anthemic "All We Are," with its church organ and synth intro that give way to clipped, compressed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Look no further than the Deluxe Edition of Sugarland's Love on the Inside for the roots of The Incredible Machine. On the earlier record, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles placed a cover of the Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town," which was originally recorded during the '80s; and the '80s are the inspiration for the duo's fourth studio offering co-produced with Byron Gallimore. The steam-punk cover art notwithstanding, the melodies, harmonies, textures, and dynamics for most of the album's 11 tracks are rooted in music from the early MTV-era. The set begins with the anthemic "All We Are," with its church organ and synth intro that give way to clipped, compressed rockist guitar riffs and a chorus that was influenced by hair metal and OMD. The title track borrows heavily from U2's Joshua Tree period and Simple Minds post-New Gold Dream era. The drum tracks are big: heavy clean, snare, hi-hat, and kick drums permeate. While the composition and arrangements of most of these songs borrow heavily from another decade, the production doesn't. Other than the drums, most of the sounds here are processed right from Nashville's studio system. The album's first single, "Stuck Like Glue," liberally employs Auto-Tune, and features a near-rapped faux dancehall as in reggae break in the bridge; it's backed by contemporary country's requisite acoustic guitars, mandolins, and accordion are in the foreground with Nettles' voice. The other "country"-sounding track is "Little Miss." "Every Girl Like Me" channels a breakbeat snare, a stiff, funky bassline, and something that attempts a soul groove. "Find the Beat Again" and "Wide Open" are open nods toward new wave. Sugarland have always engaged their love of earlier rock and pop in their brand of contemporary country; just never so blatantly. The bottom line is that after selling more than four million records, Bush and Nettles are writing songs they hope will crossover to the larger pop market. The Incredible Machine is a collection of competent songs, held together by slick production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • UPC: 602527492773
  • Catalog Number: 001475802
  • Sales rank: 28,773

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All We Are (3:48)
  2. 2 Incredible Machine (5:01)
  3. 3 Stuck Like Glue (4:07)
  4. 4 Tonight (4:33)
  5. 5 Stand Up (3:40)
  6. 6 Incredible Machine (Interlude) (1:28)
  7. 7 Every Girl Like Me (4:13)
  8. 8 Little Miss (4:31)
  9. 9 Find the Beat Again (2:59)
  10. 10 Wide Open (3:14)
  11. 11 Shine the Light (5:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sugarland Primary Artist
Paul Bushnell Bass
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums, Hi Hat
Dan Dugmore Electric Guitar
Kristian Bush Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Brandon Bush Organ, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards
Jennifer Nettles Piano, Vocals
Shy Carter Percussion
Travis McNabb Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Byron Gallimore Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Kristian Bush Composer, Producer
Brandon Bush Programming
Erik Lutkins Engineer
Jennifer Nettles Composer, Producer
Tom Tapley Engineer
Sara Lesher Engineer
Shy Carter Composer
Andrew Schubert Engineer
Brad Townsend Engineer
Steven Morrison Engineer
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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Upbeat!

    I love this CD. It is not country thats for sure, but it is upbeat and fun. I first heard some of the songs in concert and received the CD as a gift. I think this is the first CD I've ever owned that I really like each and every song. If you're looking for their traditional country style then you may be disappointed. It has a pop music twist. I plan on buying a couple for gifts this holiday. If your willing to hear Sugarland in a new style, I recommend this CD.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Not the best Sugarland CD out there

    I'm a huge fan of Sugarland, but I was disappointed with this CD. Several of the songs seem to repeat the same lyrics over and over, and while there are a couple really good ones, it doesn't live up to Twice the Speed of Life or Enjoy the Ride and it doesn't have the depth of Love on the Inside. It's an ok CD, but the others are much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2010

    Not Impressed

    I am a HUGE Sugarland fan and was SOOO excited when this album was released, but I have to say I am really disappointed. The first couple songs on the album are good, but not great. Doesn't really sound like a "country" album either. Sugarland is so good at telling stories through their music, meaningful, true stories. Don't feel like this CD accomplished that at all. It seems as if in all the songs, they repeat the chorus over and over again, instead of the songs having substance. Not a fan of this album.

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