Free Music: Sugarland – Love on the Inside

Jim Malec | September 30th, 2008

Sugarland - Love on the Inside

When it comes to free music, no one has you covered like The 9513. For our latest giveaway, we have five copies of country super-duo Sugarland’s Love on the Inside.

Here’s some critical praise to whet your appetite:

“…Once Jennifer [Nettles] and partner Kristian Bush hit their stride with the stirring “We Run,” they go barreling down the track and never look back. The remainder of the songs here represent the best of what contemporary country can be–musically modern but warm and organic; lyrically stark, clever, challenging and even daringly abstract by turns. By the end of the race…they’ve earned a spot in the winner’s circle.”
–Chris Neal, Country Weekly

“Throughout Love on the Inside, Sugarland treats pop like a big picture instead of a series of niches, presenting connectedness as a spiritual ideal. Thanks, Sugarland. America needed that.”
–Ann Powers, Los Angeles Times

“In an era of country music where you can predict what most artist’s albums will sound like before you even hear them, Sugarland joins Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban as one of the few artists on the radio who are making innovative records. Love on the Inside is easily the best mainstream country album released this year.”
–Kevin J. Coyne, Country Universe

“We can only hope, as Sugarland’s Kristian Bush gently plucks a melody from his six-string, ushering in Jennifer Nettles’ low, emotive twang and the Dobro that subtlety underlines “Very Last Country Song,” the stunning ballad at the end of Love on the Inside, that the song’s title is a misnomer, and the duo will be writing country songs for a long time to come.”
–Jim Malec, American Songwriter Magazine (Sept/Oct)

Love on the Inside tracklist:

1. “All I Want to Do”
2. “It Happens”
3. “We Run”
4. “Joey”
5. “Love”
6. “Genevieve”
7. “Already Gone”
8. “Keep You”
9. “Take Me as I Am”
10. “What I’d Give”
11. “Steve Earle”
12. “Very Last Country Song”

Rules for entering the sweepstakes:

  • Leave a reply (comment) to this post telling us what your favorite Sugarland song is and why.
  • You must use a valid email address so that we can contact you for shipping information if you win.
  • Winners will be selected using a random number generator.
  • All entries must be received by 11:59 PM (CST) on Sunday, October 5th.

For more information on Sugarland, visit: Official Website | MySpace

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  1. Chris
    September 30, 2008 at 7:36 am

    My favorite Sugarland song is “One Blue Sky”. It wasn’t a single, but I think it is one of their best cuts. It has a great melody, incredible vocal and some great imagery in the lyric. For me, that’s the recipe for a great song!

  2. Marc
    September 30, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Tennessee off Twice the Speed of Life. Classic country “song of young love”… and a fun sing-a-long.

    Not that I need to be a part of this contest, and no offense, but will the winners actually be sent a CD? Still waiting on C.S. here :(

  3. mikeky
    September 30, 2008 at 8:15 am

    my favorite sugarland song is the one that the used cd shop here in town will buy from me when i trade in the cd that you can send me. :) it’ll go to a good cause. i’ll call it the ‘buy mikeky a complete todd rundgren cd collection by trading in stuff i don’t like to used cd stores for cash’ fund. help america, praise Jesus, and please send me a sugarland cd.

  4. Brody Vercher
    September 30, 2008 at 8:19 am

    @Marc – I apologize for the delay. I sent you an email.

  5. Lanibug
    September 30, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Stand Back Up — has always been my favorite – just something about the lyrics that makes me pay attention and feel better everytime I hear it.

  6. frozenphan
    September 30, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I know it’s not the cool choice here, but I saw Sugarland this summer, and “All I Want To Do” live was incredible.

  7. Rich
    September 30, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Also love “One Blue Sky” and really hate “all I want to do”

  8. Frank
    September 30, 2008 at 10:11 am

    My favorite Sugarland song is “These Are The Days” because you actually get to hear Kristian sing his own part, also this song is really powerful.

  9. J.R. Journey
    September 30, 2008 at 10:59 am

    ‘Genevieve’ from the album in question – hands down. Why? Lyrically, Nettles and Bush channel the great Mary Chapin Carpenter and venture into southern goth (I love that term) with lines like ‘my blood won’t turn and I can see my breath’. I can’t pinpoint exactly what, but there’s just something unadulterated and as natural as the dirt in the audio. Organic?

    Also, the reference to Einstein’s dream hooks me every time and takes me back to a documenary about the universe I saw on the History Channel. What better way to say ‘this just doesn’t seem real.’ Static universe indeed.

    Oh, and Jennifer sings it pretty good too.

    P.S. Please disqualify me as I have this CD. I just wanted to join the discussion …

  10. Stephen H.
    September 30, 2008 at 11:33 am

    “Want To,” because I like the message and it’s one of the few songs in which Jennifer’s voice doesn’t completely annoy me.

  11. Joe
    September 30, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    My favorite song is “Settlin’” and sometimes it seems like I’m the only one who just flat-out loves it this much. From the fade-in keyboard intro to the fade-out keyboard outro and including all the energy a song about not settlin’ can muster, I’m entirely hooked. I’ll never grow tired of it. In fact, I’m bothered when radio plays “Stay” or “All I Wanna Do” because they’ve passed an opportunity to play the best Sugarland song.

  12. Matt B.
    September 30, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Hey Folks,

    Just wanted to let you know that Roughstock has a contest for this one as well (it’s actually the Deluxe edition). So double your chances of winning and enter the Roughstock contest. It has the same end date.

  13. Bobby
    September 30, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    My favorite Sugarland song is definitely “Baby Girl”. I always thought that it was a charming introduction to the group, since it was a story about a female singer who was trying to make it big, and she finally does. It only seemed even more appropriate when the song slowly but surely made its way up to #2 (darn you, Craig Morgan, you just had to block them). Also, since I plan to become a singer someday, I tend to identify well with songs along this line; hearing someone else’s story of making the big time in music, even a fictitious story, is always interesting to me. That’s also why “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” is my favorite Travis Tritt song.

    On top of that, this song debuted back when I started regularly listening to the Top 40 country countdowns, and there were some REALLY good songs coming out in late 2004-early 2005.

  14. Jim Malec
    September 30, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    This is the deluxe edition, too–I just haven’t updated the post yet.

  15. Kim
    September 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Hmm, I love so many of their songs it’s really hard to pick a favorite. My favorite at the moment is Keep You. I find it hauntingly beautiful. I love the way Jennifer sings this song. It just oozes emotion. I love the lyrics too, especially the line about the letters she wrote, “one in love, one in anger, lying there dying in the dresser drawer.” Who can’t relate to that?

    You can disqualify me too since I have the CD. Just wanted to add my 2 cents :)

  16. Chris D.
    September 30, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    My favorite Sugarland song is “Want To” with “Keep You” in second. I have a special connection with “Want To” because it hooked me on country. I heard it on the radio once, and I obsessed about it and I started liking music more, and it led to where I am now!

    You can also disqualify me because I already have the album.

  17. Thomas
    September 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    “steve earle”, especially when jennifer nettles is asking: “is this thing on?”

  18. JAYDUB
    September 30, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I think my favorite Sugarland song is “Stay”, and a big reason for that is the video. I love Jennifer’s delivery on this one and the emotion in the video is amazingly memorable.

  19. JCH
    September 30, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    My favorite Sugarland song is “Baby Girl”. I adore the lyric, the message and the melody. As an increasingly restless individual, this song has always spoken to me more than any other.

  20. Marc
    September 30, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Frankly, the only song I really don’t like, is Jennifer & Jon Bon Jovi’s collaboration. I even like “All I Want to Do”

  21. Lewis
    September 30, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    “Tennessee” is my favorite song from Sugarland because it is one of their first songs and I love Jennifer’s vocals in it.

  22. Lee
    October 1, 2008 at 10:56 am

    “Something More” or “Small Town Jericho” are my pics.

  23. SW
    October 1, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    my favorite Sugarland song is “Hello” – I just love the melody at “I want to run through those cottonwood trees”

  24. Jaime
    October 2, 2008 at 5:29 am

    I love “Hello” as well. The lyrics and music are beautiful. Loved it from the first time I heard it.

  25. Ashley
    October 2, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Just Might (Make Me Believe), off Twice the Speed of Life – its such a pretty song and I love the lyrics – the line “what I’d give for an address out on Easy Street” – I think everyone can identify with this ‘down on your luck, will we make it theme?’ – and this song shows our human nature to trust completely in the ones we love and believe that everything truly will be alright so long as they say so and are there with us.

  26. Nicholas
    October 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    My favorite song is Stay!

  27. SugarlandFan
    October 4, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Ooooh! I want one! I bought the deluxe version when it came out, but then it got stolen when my car got broken into. I was so mad. One of my favorites is Baby girl, but their newest CD wasn’t their best I feel. I still like it though.

  28. KathyP
    October 5, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Favorite Sugarland song has to be “Down in Mississippi.” Fun song when driving the pickup or hanging with the girls.

  29. Sabrina
    October 6, 2008 at 7:24 am

    I like them all really , but the one that caught my attention was Steve Earle. I found it strange they would pick him to sing about. His songs are so different.

  30. Bobby
    October 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Sorry, Sabrina, you’re about 8 hours too late.


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