Incredible Machine [CD/DVD]

Incredible Machine [CD/DVD]

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by Sugarland
     
 

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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's bonus disc, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles covered the Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town," which was

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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's bonus disc, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles covered 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 steampunk 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 throughout. While the compositions and arrangements in 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 sheeny 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 in the foreground juxtaposed with Nettles' voice. "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 seem to be writing songs they hope will crossover to a larger market. The Incredible Machine is a collection of competent songs, held together by slick production. [The Deluxe Edition of the album includes a bonus DVD, whose contents include the video for "Stuck Like Glue," a live video version of the title track, and a documentary on the making of the album]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2010
Label:
Mercury Nashville
UPC:
0602527492810
catalogNumber:
001475900

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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
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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The Incredible Machine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
kae10 More than 1 year ago
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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jkbMO More than 1 year ago
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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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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