Superstar country duo Sugarland are back on the scene with their sixth studio album and first new music in eight years, “Bigger” out via Big Machine Records and UMG Nashville.  The duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush had  been on hiatus since 2012 with both pursuing successful solo careers.  “Bigger” has the duo picking up right where they left off with upbeat songs, poignant messages, and Nettles’ signature twangy vocals.

The title track “Bigger” is a catchy, upbeat ride blending the boundaries  of country and pop into a cohesive whole of country pop magic.  “On a Roll” will have you up and tapping your toes while the jangly guitars of Bush lend a unique touch to  “Let Me Remind You.”  Bush and Nettles  co-wrote almost all of the songs for this album as well as shared co-production duties resulting in a modern masterpiece that still pays homage to their old school country roots.  Nettles’ vocals shine throughout especially on the poignant tribute “Mother” and the powerful ballad “Love Me Like I’m Leaving.”  Don’t miss the laid back vibe of “Lean It on Back” and the pop stylings of “Babe” which features Taylor Swift on backing vocals.

The time apart appears to have done the duo well as Sugarland has returned “Bigger” with a renewed energy and one of their best albums yet.

 

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.