Single Review: Kristian Bush, “Trailer Hitch”

Kristian Bush Trailer Hitch

“Trailer Hitch”
Kristian Bush

Written by Brandon Bush, Kristian Bush, and Tim Owen

It’s not entirely without precedent.  When Diana Ross left the Supremes, their first single without her did better than her first solo release.  Ringo Starr managed to score two #1 pop hits before John Lennon reached the top as a solo act.  Peter Gabriel was supposed to be the indispensable talent of Genesis, but they did better when they gave Phil Collins the mic.  Even country acts like Highway 101 and Restless Heart have seen the same phenomenon occur.

We won’t know for a while if Sugarland’s solo projects will repeat such unexpected history, but for now, try to get your head around this:  Kristian Bush’s first solo single has more personality, more substance, and is more thoroughly entertaining in the way we expect Sugarland to be than what we’ve heard so far from Jennifer Nettles.

I repeat: Kristian Bush > Jennifer Nettles.

“Trailer Hitch” is built around the concept that you can’t take material possessions with you when you go.  As in, hearses don’t have a trailer hitch in the back of them.  It’s a light, breezy song with great charm, and he sings it with the appropriate combination of conviction and good spirit.

I still like Bush and Nettles better together, but his solo single is the one that I’ll still be listening to for a long time to come.

Grade: B+

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4 Responses to Single Review: Kristian Bush, “Trailer Hitch”

  1. I can’t get a good enough sense of this song from the clip, but I will say that I thought Nettles’ solo album was decent and better than anything that Sugarland has released in awhile. I especially like “This Angel.”

  2. bobNo Gravatar

    Finally got around to seeing the lyric video. I love the concept and agree about the charm, etc. Credit to the Bush men & Tim Owen for writing a really good song.

  3. Yay for your comment going through, Bob!

  4. I’ve just heard real audio of the song now too and I have to say that it’s pretty charming. I can see it getting into my head. Kristian’s voice kind of reminds me of Marcel on this song

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