Bigger

Bigger

by Sugarland

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Overview

Sugarland had good reasons to sit out much of the 2010s, chief among them being an August 2011 tragedy when their stage collapsed during their set at the Indiana State Fair, killing seven people. A year later, the group entered a hiatus that stretched out for six years -- a time that was long enough for a few generations of country-pop to pass, allowing the duo's sunny perspective to seem fresh again. Bigger, their long-awaited return, does indeed deliver on its titular promise to be a grand, majestic album, but emotions are not lost in its skyscraper sweep. Often, the originals by Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush -- they wrote everything save "Babe," a 2012 Red leftover given to them by their old friend Taylor Swift -- contain a questioning core, as if they know that they can't return with a record that is nothing but a good time. Bigger does indeed offer more than its share of big, bright hooks, all packaged in a production to go down smoothly, but between Nettles' slyly shaded, impassioned voice and the duo's complete embrace of both their now old-fashioned country-pop and their advancing age, the album seems human. This vulnerability may be worn on the sleeves of the sentimental yet sharp "Mother" and the acoustic epic "Tuesday's Broken," but it's evident throughout Bigger, which is why the record is an impressive comeback. Sonically, it gleams like prime Sugarland, but beneath that sheen Nettles and Bush seem mature, both musically and emotionally, in a way they never have before.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2018
Label: Big Machine Records
UPC: 0843930034796
catalogNumber: 002838102
Rank: 22898

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sugarland   Primary Artist
Paul Bushnell   Bass
David Davidson   Violin
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Bennett Salvay   Conductor
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Kristian Bush   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Brandon Bush   Keyboards
Tim Lauer   Conductor
Wei Tsun Chang   Violin
Monisa Angell   Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
David Angel   Violin
Jennifer Nettles   Vocals,Group Member
Amie Miriello   Background Vocals
Taylor Swift   Background Vocals
Janet Darnall   Violin
Carole Rabinowitz   Cello
Justin Schipper   Steel Guitar
Danny Rader   Electric Guitar
Alicia Enstrom   Violin

Technical Credits

Tim Owens   Composer
Julian Raymond   Producer
Butch Walker   Vocal Producer
Kristian Bush   Composer,Programming,Producer
Brandon Bush   String Arrangements
Lars Fox   Pro-Tools
Jennifer Nettles   Composer,Producer
Tom Tapley   Engineer
Taylor Swift   Composer
Sandi Spika Borchetta   Art Direction
Justin Ford   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Patrick Monahan   Composer
Adam Chagnon   Engineer

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