July 5, 2008
So according to journalist Chet Flippo, Sugarland’s upcoming album, Love on the Inside, is a keeper:
Sugarland’s upcoming CD is a leading candidate for country album of the year…by and large, musically they have not disappointed. They’ve cut only one song that sends me reeling from the room in pain. And that is “All I Want to Do.” Some people I’ve talked to love it. Others dislike it heartily. It’s a very polarizing song. Naturally, it will probably turn into their biggest radio hit ever. It’s also the first cut on Love on the Inside, but once you get past it, you emerge into a wonderful place– where Sugarland is being mostly acoustic.
Such cuts as the big ballad “Love,” the Appalachian-flavored “We Run,” the dirge-like “Genevieve” and the waltz “Already Gone” rely heavily on acoustic guitars, with a subtle organ thread now and then working underneath, along with occasional mandolin flairs.
Good news, I’d say. I thought their second album found them on a plateau rather than showing artistic growth, so I can’t wait to hear this upcoming one.
It’s also got me wondering, with half of the year already gone, what are the best albums of 2008 so far? My best-of list will definitely include Kathy Mattea, but other than that, I’m too far behind on my listening to name any other favorites. I’ll be reviewing albums from earlier this year over the next two weeks, getting caught up.
What do you think are the best albums of the year so far? Any big disappointments?