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Single Review: Sugarland – ‘It Happens’

sugarland2Apparently Sugarland was just teasing us by releasing a video for the song ‘Love’, never intending for it to go to radio.  But, we still have an incredible music video of an epic song to watch.  And we have this one to hear on the radio for the next 20 weeks.  I can live with that.  The first time I listened to the Love On The Inside album, I knew this tune was destined for radio.  So, let’s talk about the song.

This girl is having one bad day.  Her alarm didn’t wake her up, so she got no coffee and no shower.  When she does get to work, she is doing the ‘walk of shame’ having arrived late.  And what’s worse, she has two different shoes on.  After a day like that, a girl needs to head to Wally World for some scented candles and a pink light bulb. Trouble is, her ‘trusty rust has a flat’.  No problem.  Just borrow the neighbor’s Caddy. Problem:  Ex and his new girlfriend hit her as she is running the yellow … um, red light.  Still this doesn’t deter the happy go lucky spirit of the singer as she merrily sings ‘sorry bout your neck, baby’.  With pluck like that, who needs coffee?

But all that action happens in the verses.  This seems to be Sugarland’s style to tell the story in the verses and just let the chorus soar.  Stringing together a long list of cliches akin to ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ makes the bulk of the chorus.  Nettles tries to subtly disguise that she is saying ‘shit happens’ twice in the song.  In the first chorus, it comes across ‘Pssh.  (short pause) It happens …’  But the second time she tries to mask the obscenity is at the end of the song.  This time she lets go and drops the short pause.  Good for you, Jennifer.  I say sing it that way everytime and change the title of the song.  Makes sense to me.

Word play aside, this tune is destined for the top of the charts.  The chorus is as catchy as ‘All I Want to Do’, without being as annoying.  And the storyline is downright endearing.  I want to be that girl’s friend.  Actually, I already feel like I am.  A step-up lyrically for Nettles and Bush and another smoking vocal from Jennifer Nettles.


Written by Bobby Pinson, Jennifer Nettles, and Kristian Bush.

Listen to Sugarland – ‘It Happens’ on Last FM.

6 responses to “Single Review: Sugarland – ‘It Happens’

  1. Occasional Hope February 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Jamey Johnson seems to have done the make-a-video-then-release-something-else-as-a-single thing too, with Mowin’ Down The Roses and High Cost f Living. I wonder if maybe we’re seeing a change in marketing approaches, with one song being picked for pushing at CMT/GAC, and another for radio, and if the trend will catch on. It would be a way of extending the marketing reach of an album, given that it takes so ridiculously long for a single to run its course at radio these days.

  2. Razor X February 18, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I can’t help noticing how thematically similar this song is to “Something More”, with “Something More” being a much better song.

  3. Leeann Ward February 18, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I’m not much of a Sugarland fan, I’ll admit, but I really like this one. It’s much better than “All I Want to Do”. Thematically, it kinda reminds me of Shania Twain’s “Up”, but I like it better…maybe because “Up” is old news though… It’s fun.

  4. Shayne February 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I love this song!!!!!

  5. Occasional Hope February 21, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Oh, and I definitely like this better than either Love or All I Want To Do.

  6. Chris February 23, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    This song is fun, very fun. It just sounds like a smash single, and a great one at that.

    Also, the last time the chorus is sung, I still hear a pause between “sh” and “it”, so I’m not quite sure what you’re hearing JR. xD

    Anyway, very accurate review. I love Sugarland.

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