Love on the Inside

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Love on the Inside
Studio album by Sugarland
Released July 22, 2008 (2008-07-22) (Deluxe Fan edition)
July 29, 2008 (2008-07-29) (Standard edition)
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre Country
Length 46:48 (Standard edition)
67:27 (Deluxe Fan edition)
Label Mercury Nashville
Producer Byron Gallimore
Sugarland chronology
Enjoy the Ride
(2006)Enjoy the Ride2006
Love on the Inside
Live on the Inside
(2009)Live on the Inside2009
Singles from Love on the Inside
  1. "All I Want to Do"
    Released: May 19, 2008
  2. "Already Gone"
    Released: September 8, 2008
  3. "It Happens"
    Released: February 9, 2009
  4. "Joey"
    Released: July 6, 2009

Love on the Inside is the third studio album by American country music duo Sugarland, released in 2008 (see 2008 in country music) on Mercury Nashville Records. It was first released on July 22, 2008 as a Deluxe Fan Edition, including five bonus tracks, with the regular edition following one week later. The album has produced three chart singles in "All I Want to Do", "Already Gone" and "It Happens", all Number One hits on the Billboard country singles charts. The fourth single, "Joey", reached Top 20. The release of the fifth single "Keep You" was cancelled. It is also the first album of the duo's career to reach Number One on Top Country Albums and The Billboard Top 200. The album has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA with sales of over 2 million copies in the United States.[1]


The deluxe fan edition of Love on the Inside was released on July 22, 2008, which included 17 tracks in special packaging with an expanded CD booklet and access to download exclusive music video and behind the scenes footage.[2] The deluxe fan edition was also released on vinyl record. Love on the Inside regular edition consisted of 12 songs and a regular CD booklet and was released on July 29.[3]


"All I Want to Do", the album's lead-off single, debuted on the Hot Country Songs charts at No. 27 for the chart week of June 7, 2008 and became the duo's third Number One hit on that chart. Following it was "Already Gone" and "It Happens", which also went to Number One on the same chart in January and May 2009, respectively. All three of these singles were co-written by Sugarland's members (Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles) along with Bobby Pinson, with whom the duo also co-wrote their 2006 single "Want To". "Joey", which Sugarland wrote with Bill Anderson, was released in July 2009 as the fourth single.

Originally instead of "It Happens", "Love" was scheduled to be the third single from the album. A live music video was made to promote this song and was ranked No. 46 on GAC's Top 50 Videos of 2009 list. The song "Keep You" was planned as the fifth single from the album; although a music video was made for the song, its release to radio was cancelled.

Of the five bonus tracks included on the Deluxe Fan Edition, two are live recordings of cover songs: "Life in a Northern Town", originally by The Dream Academy, and "Come On Get Higher", originally by Matt Nathanson. The former, which features guest vocals from Little Big Town and Jake Owen, had charted earlier in 2008 (before the release of "All I Want to Do") based on unsolicited airplay that brought the live recording to No. 28 on the country charts. Footage of the live performance also aired as a music video on CMT.

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 2 on US Billboard 200 chart as well as No. 1 on Top Country Albums chart, with 313,734 copies sold in its first week.[4] The album was held off the top spot by Miley Cyrus' album Breakout which sold 371,660 in its first week. The second week, the album climbed to No. 1 on US Billboard 200, becoming the duo's first No. 1 album. The album has been certified 2× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with sales of over 2 million copies in the United States.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[6]
Blender3.5/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[8]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[9]
Engine 1452.5/5 stars[10]
The Phoenix3.5/4 stars[11]
PopMatters7/10 stars[12]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[13]
Slant3/5 stars[14]
USA Today3/4 stars[15]

Love on the Inside has a score of 83 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "universal acclaim" from many critics,[5] with many reviews focusing on the song selection and Nettles' vocal performance, as well as the production of Byron Gallimore, who also produced the duo's 2006 album Enjoy the Ride. Thom Jurek of Allmusic gave the album four stars out of five, commends the use of minimal overdubs in the production. Of the song choices, he said, "While this set is saturated with hunger and ambition, it's also confident and sophisticated — the album sounds as if they meant every word but had a great time making it." He cited "We Run", "Joey" and "Love" as standout tracks.[6] Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly gave it an A− rating, saying that the album's ballads recalled Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rodney Crowell, while other tracks such as "All I want to Do" were "goofy, areana-ready crowd-pleasers".[8] Billboard critic Ken Tucker also gave a positive review, saying that Gallimore's production was "finely crafted" and that "All I Want to Do" was a "tantalizing tease" of the album's breadth.[16]

Chuck Eddy of Blender magazine gave it three-and-a-half stars out of five, saying that the album recalled 1980s rock bands such as The Bangles, and that by doing so, it kept "their more tepid tendencies in check."[7] The album received a three-star rating (out of five) from Slant Magazine reviewer Jonathan Keefe, who said that the songs recalled rock acts such as Def Leppard, R.E.M. and Concrete Blonde, and called "All I Want to Do" the "most grotesque thing shipped to radio since Jessica Simpson's cover of 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin''." He also said that "Genevieve", "Keep You" and "Already Gone" were the best songs of the duo's career and described the "Life in a Northern Town" cover favorably.[14]

Matt C. was less favorable in his review for Engine 145, giving Love on the Inside a two-and-a-half star rating out of five. He considered the album's melodies, themes and instrumentations to be largely homogenous, and criticized the ballads for containing underdeveloped choruses, but cited "Steve Earle" and "Very Last Country Song" as standout tracks.[10]

Track listing[edit]

1."All I Want to Do"Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush, Bobby Pinson3:33
2."It Happens"Nettles, Bush, Pinson3:01
3."We Run"Nettles, Bush, Scooter Carusoe3:56
4."Joey"Nettles, Bush, Bill Anderson4:02
5."Love"Nettles, Bush, Tim Owens4:29
6."Genevieve"Nettles, Bush3:18
7."Already Gone"Nettles, Bush, Pinson4:35
8."Keep You"Nettles, Bush, Pinson4:35
9."Take Me as I Am"Nettles, Bush, Jeff Cohen4:02
10."What I'd Give"Nettles, Bush, Clayton Mitchell5:57
11."Steve Earle"Nettles, Bush3:36
12."Very Last Country Song"Nettles, Bush, Owens3:44


As listed in liner notes.[17]


Additional musicians[edit]

String orchestration on "Keep You" by Kristin Wilkinson, strings arranged by Brandon Bush.

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2009) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart 4
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Year-end
US Billboard 200 150[18]
US Billboard Top Country Albums 57[19]


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US CAN
2008 "All I Want to Do" 1 18 32
  • US: Platinum
"Already Gone" 1 41 57
2009 "It Happens" 1 33 47
  • US: Gold
"Joey" 17 89
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US
2008 "Life in a Northern Town" 28 43 53
2009 "Keep You" 107
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Region Certification
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Gold
United States (RIAA)[1] 2× Platinum


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  7. ^ a b Eddy, Chuck (2008-07-22). "Sugarland: Love on the Inside". Blender. Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  8. ^ a b Willman, Chris (2008-08-01). "Love on the Inside Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  9. ^ Powers, Ann (2008-07-29). "Nashville duo good for what ails you". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  10. ^ a b Matt C. (2008-07-22). "Album Review: Sugarland - Love on the Inside". Engine 145. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  11. ^ Wood, Mikael (2008-08-04). "Sugarland: Love on the Inside". The Phoenix. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  12. ^ Heaton, Dave (2008-07-30). "Sugarland: Love on the Inside". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Sugarland". Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
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  15. ^ Barnes, Ken (2008-07-29). "Listen Up: Sugarland goes sweet on 'Love'". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  16. ^ Tucker, Ken (2008-08-02). "Love on the Inside". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  17. ^ Love on the Inside (Deluxe Fan Edition) (CD booklet). Sugarland. Mercury Nashville. 2008. 11476. 
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  19. ^ "Best of 2010 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
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