Sugarland

Sugarland Asks “Where Does It Hurt?”

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NPR Music offers a preview of the long-awaited album from one of Country music’s most celebrated duos, Sugarland, and opens a wider conversation on the culture of humanity. BIGGER is available for streaming now;  ahead of the June 8 release on Big Machine Records/UMG Nashville.

NPR’s Jewly Hight muses, “the duo has reunited for its fifth proper studio album, BIGGER, with the magnified bravado of a pop act mounting a comeback (see: the lead single). But the new set also represents a conscious scaling up of the perspectives that Bush and Nettles’ explore in their songs and honing of their awareness of how they come across to various audiences.”

The pair began with a simple meeting to see how their creative energies would mesh after six years apart and nearly 10 million albums sold domestically, seven No. 1 singles to date and more than 330 million on-demand streams. What resulted was a collection of songs that coupled familiar musical acrobatics alongside poignant lyrics and “[addressed] social crises in a grounded, unpretentious way” (NPR Music).

Sugarland’s empathetic view of the modern world resulted in tracks like “Tuesday’s Broken.” Commenting on the track, Hight says “they distilled parental concerns, horror at the rise of school shootings, the influence of Civil Rights activist Ruby Sayles and socially conscious Irish rock into the poignant ballad “Tuesday’s Broken,” borrowing Sayles’ inquiry into human pain: “Where does it hurt?”

Lyrics from the song pose:
But what if we tried to reach him with words
What if we looked in his eyes and asked where does it hurt
Would he find all he was worth
Monday was hoping
But Tuesday’s broken

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush penned all but one track – “Babe” featuring Taylor Swift – and produced the project with Grammy-Award winner Julian Raymond. BIGGER’s also now available for pre-order and fans can experience the new music live as their STILL THE SAME 2018 TOUR rolls through 48 cities in the U.S. and Canada. For tour dates, visit https://sugarlandmusic.com/.

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