Sugarland, Rucker lead charts
Thursday, October 28, 2010
– Sugarland has the best selling CD in the country with "The Incredible Machine," and Darius Rucker made it to the top of Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 6 with Come Back Song.
Rucker displaced Easton Corbin's Roll With It,
which fell to fourth.
"As She's Walking Away by Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson was up four to second on the song chart. Sugarland remained third with Stuck Like Go. Taylor Swift, who just released her "Speak Now" CD Tuesday, was fifth on the song chart with Mine, up three. Rascal Flatts made it into the top 10 with Why Why Wait, up 1 to 10th.
Tim McGraw stood at 16, up 5, with Felt Good On My Lips. Trace Adkins was up 3 to 17 with This Ain't No Love Song. Lady Antebellum looks like it has a third hit on its hands from its latest CD with Hello World up 5 to 24 in its fifth week out. Blake Shelton was at 29, up 3, with Who Are You When I'm Not Looking. James Wesley broke into the top 30 - at 30 - with Real.
Sugarland replaced Rucker's "Charleston, SC 1966," which slipped to second, on the top of the CD chart. Kenny Chesney remained third with "Hemingway's Whiskey." Zac Brown Band remained fourth with "You Get What You Give," while The Band Perry's self-titled debut fell three to fifth.
Eric Church's "Carolina" was up 3 to 16 in its 83rd week on the chart. Chris Young was up 5 to 32 with "The Man I Want to Be." Uncle Kracker's "Happy Hour: The South River Road Sessions" was up 3 to 35.
On the bluegrass chart, Dierks Bentley was first with "Up on the Ridge" and Rhonda Vincent second with "Taken."
On the overall top 200 chart, Rucker was 10th, Chesney 13th, Zac Brown Band 14th and The Band Perry 15th.
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The Incredible Machine
"The Incredible Machine" is a rather unfortunate title for Sugarland's latest full-length. Listening to Find The Beat Again, for example, makes it sound as though vocalist Jennifer Nettles wants to be Deborah Harry-fronting-Katrina & the Waves rather than, say, a latter-day Loretta Lynn. With its handclap rhythm and shouted "Hey, Hey" on the chorus, this track - along with many others - finds Sugarland firmly entrenched in a predictable pop music device. »»»
Gold and Green
Jennifer Nettles has one of the most distinctive voices in today's country music, which makes every thing she sings oh so easy on the ears. And with this 10-song holiday CD, Nettles never fails to please, vocally. So when one of these recordings is little more than Nettles singing, and sparse banjos backing (along with Kristian Bush's complimentary vocal), as happens with O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, it's a thing of simple musical beauty. Bush also takes a few lead vocals, but Nettles »»»
Live on the Inside
Often it isn't the material chosen or the sound quality that makes a live album good or poor, but the act being captured. To that end Sugarland isn't a good band at all to capture on an audio CD. The group's live shows are renowned, and anyone who has been to one and wants a reminder of that experience will love CD/DVD.
Yet those who just want to hear good music performed by Sugarland will be disappointed. On nearly every song, Jennifer Nettles asks for audience participation and readily gets it. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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