A Review of Sugarland’s Babe ft. Taylor Swift

When award-winning country duo Sugarland announced that their first album together in eight years would be released on June 8th, fans went nuts. Country radio went nuts. And current country duos everywhere probably began to panic a little. Then news came that the duo’s highly anticipated new album would feature a song with Taylor Swift, and everyone everywhere lost their minds. But for VERY good reason.

After her successful return to country music with “Better Man,” which she wrote for Little Big Town, fans and critics wondered if Taylor Swift would ever return to country music again for good. While, I don’t think she’ll be doing a country album anytime soon, the “Shake It Off” singer has returned to country music once again with yet another song that will no doubt dominate country radio before we all realize it’s even happening.

This time around the singer-songwriter teamed up with pop-rocker and Train frontman, Pat Monahan to pen one of the catchiest songs of the year. Although, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush don’t typically accept outside songs for their albums, they couldn’t help but listen when Swift pitched them “Babe.” And of course, who’s going to turn down a song pitch from Taylor Swift? With Nettles and Bush both in love with the song, they made the decision to include it on the album and insisted Swift sing on it.

Contagious melodies and simple lyrics that leave a deep imprint (“I break down every time you call/we’re a wreck, you’re the wrecking ball”) make “Babe” irresistible and an easy track to have stuck on repeat in your mind. Nettles’ vocals are stronger than ever and thanks to the flawless production work of Mr. Kristian Bush, Swift’s backing vocals layer on top of Nettles’ really transform the song into one of the best pop country songs we’ve been fortunate enough to hear in a long time. There’s no question it won’t be long before this smash of a single shoots straight to #1 on the charts.

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"MADD" Manda Walsh
Chicago native and Saint Xavier University alum (class of 2007), Amanda Walsh is an aspiring journalist with a strong passion for music and longtime love of writing. While in college, she spent her time volunteering as a radio DJ, working as the station’s Music Director, and serving as a regular contributing writer for the campus newspaper where she combined her love for music and writing. Between attending multiple concerts a month all over the city, interviewing various bands both in and out of the studio, and introducing her friends and show listeners to new artists (both local and national acts), it was during this time that Amanda really discovered her niche. Whether listening alone with her headphones or experiencing it live in person, music has always been Amanda’s safe haven and more like a religion, with concerts feeling more like going to church. Today the number of artist interviews under her belt continues to grow, as she strives to break new and up and coming artists before other outlets. She also continues to attend as many concerts as her bank account will allow. Her musical tastes range from “OMG you have to hear this” to “please don’t judge me,” and she is the person you want on your team in music trivia. She is also an avid enthusiast of the paranormal and anything in the realm of horror or the creepy and unnerving. With that said, she loves Halloween more than a normal person probably should and has a fascination with cemeteries. Aside from music and concerts, Amanda also enjoys reading, shopping and epic adventures. She's a sucker for a good mystery and anything acoustic. When she was a kid she wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. At the end of the day, if she had to describe herself with a song lyric it would be this – “I’m somewhere in between what is real and just a dream.”
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