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Ennjoy the ride Follow-up to the Multi-Platinum selling debut, Twice The Speed Of Life. Sugarland has received a Grammy nomination, an American Music Award for ''Breakthrough Favorite New Artist'', an ACM award for ''New Duo/Group of the Year''. They have performed on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, the Radio Music Awards, Grammy's, CMA's, ACM's, CMT Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve special, the season finale of Las Vegas and garnered the highestrated CMT Crossroads with Bon Jovi. This group is poised to release Enjoy The Ride to eager fans all over.

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One of country's fastest-rising acts, Sugarland arrive at their follow-up to 2004's triple-platinum Twice the Speed of Life in a considerably altered state. Chief songwriter and founding member Kristen Hall is gone, and producer Garth Fundis (Trisha Yearwood) has been usurped in favor of crossover hitmaker Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill). One could argue that these are the predictable results of success--by opening for such megastars as Kenny Chesney and Brooks & Dunn, the Atlanta-based trio was forced to retool its organic, singer-songwriter, folk-rock sound to fill arenas. And while their intricate vocal harmonies added a subtle creative dimension to their debut, Enjoy the Ride is made up mostly of songs ("County Line," "Mean Girls") constructed to showcase lead singer Jennifer Nettles's big voice in ways the previous album did not. While the repertoire was written by Nettles and surviving partner Kristian Bush in collaboration with proven songsmiths Bobby Pinson, Lisa Carver, and Tim Owens, much of the wistful intimacy of the first album is now diminished. Furthermore, it seems foolish to now call this act a duo, as Bush receives very little time in the spotlight apart from his vocal harmonies and performance on guitar and mandolin. None of this should matter on the charts, however, since the real focus was always on Nettles, whose twangy, force-field soprano more than carries the day. As before, the lyrics are upbeat and positive--if the message of the first album was of flight and searching, the theme here is of digging in. The winsome Nettles does a fine job of selling it all, positioning herself as the Ambassador of Optimism, the Deep South successor to Jo Dee Messina. --Alanna Nash

1. Settlin'
2. County Line
3. Want To
4. Everyday America
5. Happy Ending
6. These Are The Days
7. One Blue Sky
8. April Showers
9. Mean Girls
10. Stay
11. Sugarland

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  • Audio CD (November 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • ASIN: B000HKDENI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laura Matusek on November 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sugarland have been the underdog from the beginning. They were a band of songwriters formed in Atlanta that went to Nashville and got a record deal. That was a feat in itself. Then they came onto the scene and exploded like a pack of dynamite, selling three million copies of their debut album and watching their first four singles become monster top ten hits. That really got people's attention. People were captivated by Jennifer Nettles' powerhouse vocals and the band's bubbly, energetic sound and anthemic songs.

Although Jennifer and Kristian have experienced a bit of a setback with the departure of Kristin Hall earlier this year and had to throw this album together while on the road with Chesney and B&D this summer, neither has affected their sound. Jennifer's voice is as stunning as ever, and the productions are even better in the hands of the super talented Byron Gallimore. The new duo have the same knack for writing songs about the human condition that all people can relate to. "Everyday America" is a song about living in the moment and being proud of your small town roots. "Want To" is written from the perspective of a girl trying to enter into a relationship with a guy, but it's really about chasing your dreams and achieving your goals in life. "Happy Ending" talks about how we all look for the happy ending in whatever we do, from staying in the movie until the end to getting married or doing something that affects us all, like Dr. King and Neil Armstrong, who are referenced in the song. "Settlin'" is about finding your true love and not settling for anything less, which is what a lot of people are looking for.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T on November 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I found that I liked Sugarland's sophmore CD even better than their debut CD.

I bought their first CD when I heard the single "Believe". I love that song. I enjoyed the CD, but "Baby Girl" and "Something More" were both so overplayed on the radio, I found that the only other song I liked on the CD was "Believe".

Anyway...due to that, I wasn't exactly holding my breath for their next CD...until I heard the single "Want To". I went out and bought the CD and I love it!

I always have a little more respect for artists that write their own music, I connect more to it I guess. I think they did a heck of a job with their writing...especially after losing a key member of the group.

This CD just about has it all...county, rock, acoustic. It's got love songs, feel good songs, small town songs and sad ballads.

Go out and get this one. It's worth it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Kallio on May 22, 2007
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In today's cookie-cutter music industry that is full of over-produced and studio-pastuerized songs, it is vital to have a unique tone and style that makes you immediately-identifiable on the radio. At the core, I am a Rock musician, yet I appreciate a variety of music styles when performed and recorded well. Sugarland entered the scene as a "hip" Country act and knocked us (the audience) into a full-on smile! While they have been admirable and impacting as a group, it truly IS Jennifer's voice that is a huge selling point as a member of the band. When she sings, you immediately KNOW that it is HER! Many musicians just DREAM of having a instantly-recognizeable style that people will love! Miss Nettles is THERE! Furthermore, just about ANYTHING Country that she sings is gonna sound great because of her deep Southern accent and her unique vibrato and determined energy. How many OTHER Country artists have had a hit single with Jon Bon Jovi? It is hard to NOT like Jennifer Nettles, unless you don't like Country music AT ALL!! 'Nuff said!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Country Gent on March 17, 2007
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Sugarland's debut album was a smash hit, and just when they started to take off, they lost their primary songwriter when Kristen Hall left the band. So how were they going to follow it up? Enjoy the Ride is a real progression for the now duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. Kristen Hall has a song-writing credit on the album, but as any Sugarland fan knows, that song--"Sugarland"--was written years ago and appeared on the group's little-known acoustic CD "In The Raw." Another track on Enjoy the Ride which was pulled out of mothballs is Jennifer's acoustic ballad, "Stay," which gives a glimpse into Jennifer's pre-Sugarland solo career. Every song, from the upbeat "Settlin'" to the bluegrassy "April Showers" to the self-reflective "These Are the Days" is a keeper. The only song on the CD about which I'm not crazy is "Mean Girls," because it is such a misfit song for them, but even that one's status as a keeper is saved since it features the greatest six-stringer in country music, Brad Paisley, playing some killer riffs. Overall, Enjoy the Ride is lively enough to engage some new fans to Sugarland without turning off the fans who were hooked by Twice the Speed of Life.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By W. Schultz on November 11, 2006
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The First time I heard "Baby Girl" I couldn't wait to hear it again, and that was how I felt when the first single "Want to" dropped from this new cd. However, there was plenty more of great songs where that came from and it's not always easy to Love songs on first listen but like "baby girl" this cd had plenty of them. "Settlin" and "Happy Endings" are two standouts as well. A wonderful 2nd ride with sugarland.
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Kirsten Hall left the band , because she wanted to write her own songs, and just take a break from the band.
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I love it! I've seen Sugarland in concert twice in the past 3 months. In May, I saw them open for Kenny Chesney where they played a half hour set including another single off of their upcoming CD, called 'Settlin'. In July, I saw them open up for Brooks & Dunn--they played 4 songs from their... Read More
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