Sugarland – “Stuck Like Glue”

Blake Boldt | July 26th, 2010

SugarlandDespite touring throughout 2010, Sugarland has been largely absent from country radio as of late. A loss to Brooks & Dunn at the recent ACM Awards was indicative of their inactivity in the last twelve months. After a brief hiatus from the charts, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush now reemerge to reclaim their eminence as country music’s dominant duo. Due in October, their forthcoming album The Incredible Machine has been advertised as a steampunk-inspired affair with a host of quirky, uplifting songs that preach the wonders of positivity.

The album’s lead single, “Stuck Like Glue,” is very much in the vein of glass-half-full anthems that have lifted the duo to superstardom. Even for this genre-bounding duo, it’s an oddball track that serves as an interesting segue back onto radio playlists. A catchy twang-pop package sweetened by Nettles’ playful alto, “Glue” once again confirms her place as one of popular music’s most talented stylists. That aw-shucks Georgia drawl acts as her way to release the stress of dead-end jobs and deadbeat boyfriends. With her irrepressible charm and girl next door appeal as an anchor, she shines on even the most standard pop-country fluff.

With 2008’s double-platinum Love on the Inside, Sugarland tested out a dizzying array of styles from late ’80s girlpower pop to Appalachian folk. They further show off that that sonic ambition with what has to be the first reggae-rap in country music history. Though it seems like a puzzling inclusion in this spare, midtempo jam, it’s saved by virtue of Nettles’ goofy performance. “Glue,” a fun mixture of accordion and mandolin, is a hooky earworm that begins to zero in on Sugarland’s vision of the musical future. More, please.

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  1. Leeann Ward
    July 26, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I’m in. I’m not ashamed. I. Am. Not. Ashamed…

  2. What?
    July 26, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Please tell me this review is an April Fool’s Joke 9 months early?

  3. Sam G.
    July 26, 2010 at 11:09 am

    It had me up to the reggae rap part and the Auto-Tuned background vocals. That’s going a bit too much into Jason Mraz/Michael Franti territory for me. Otherwise, quirky little song.

  4. Leeann Ward
    July 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I like that part. I love how much fun she sounds like she’s having. They’re often criticized for taking themselves too seriously, but this is irresistibly fun to me. It’s hilarious and the reggae part made me laugh out loud. I totally get why people don’t like it though. And I’m not even a big Sugarland fan at all.

  5. highwayman3
    July 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

    My biggest fear when they announced the song title was, do not rhyme glue with ‘ou, ou, ou.’ Boy was I relived they went with ‘Wha oh, wha oh’ instead. It’s as if they told the songwriters. You have 5 minutes, write us a song, I don’t care whatever it is, we’re recording it, it’s our lead single of our steampunk themed album…go! The line and the way it’s sung, ‘Just a spoon full of sugar make you better real quick’ may be the lowest point in country music history, and yes I mean lower then Billy Ray Cyrus’ mullet.

    I bought this on Itunes and when I listened to it, I’m sitting there staring at the promo picture and I don’t know whether to laugh or feel sorry for them. The theme of upcoming record is just silly. A branch of science fiction that imagines a world where humans evolved intellectually, but technology remained set in Victorian times, why didn’t Kitty Wells think of that? It goes to show how far we’ve come in today’s country music. Can you imagine Kitty Wells in her heyday coming up with the same theme, and let’s say her record company approves it off the bat and lets her have her way. When she’s doing the promo photo shoot wearing a top hat with goggles, at that point I’d think someone would come up to her and say, ‘lets go with a new concept.’ In 2010, no one says anything.

  6. Lewis
    July 26, 2010 at 11:45 am

    “Country music’s dominant duo”

    That title belongs now to Steel Magnolia (who in my opinion are the best duo right now) and Montgomery Gentry (who are struggling on radio with their songs) since technically I don’t call Sugarland a true duo since only Jennifer sings lead on every song with Kristian doing only “Hey yeah, hey yeah’s” all over the place. I’ve heard some of Kristian’s solo songs and they’re great and why he’s not featured at all in Sugarland as a lead, I don’t know.

  7. Ben Foster
    July 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I agree – this one’s a keeper. In some ways, it dares you to hate it, but it least it sounds interesting – like something we’ve never heard before.

  8. J.R. Journey
    July 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve always applauded Sugarland for being fresh and original, and for taking chances with their music. They’re basically an automatic add at country radio, but so many of their fellow auto-adds stick to the same tried and true approach.

    I’m not completely sold on that whole steampunk-country style yet, but I’ll admit I do enjoy this single, and am now more excited to hear the new album in October. I never really doubted it would be entertaining, but now I’m hopeful there will be some substance to the album as well.

  9. Mike K
    July 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Do you think they promised Kristian that he could wear whatever stupid hat he wanted if he agreed not to ever do an interview again?

  10. WAYNOE
    July 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Shows you the hypocrisy of the reviews on this site doesn’t it?

    Sugarland being a called a duo is like Elvis Presley being called a group. Or have I said that before?

  11. Andrew
    July 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I like Sugarland but its safe to say this is the worst song Ive ever heard from Jennifer Nettles. Where did COUNTRY music go? Same with Carrie Underwood, their new stuff is terrible. Sounds like a Brittney Spears impersonation. Thank God for Jamey Johnson and Eric Church.

  12. Paul W Dennis
    July 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Actually Waynoe, given that the Jordanaires appeared on nearly all of his earlier recordings and JD Sumner & The Stamps on some of the later recordings, maybe Elvis should have been eligible for group awards

  13. Leeann Ward
    July 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Sugarland bills themselves as a duo, so that’s what they are. Brooks & Dunn are considered a duo and Brooks is barely audible and sometimes totally drowned out by other background singers. I’m not much of a Montgomery Gentry fan, but they, at least, sound like a duo.

  14. WAYNOE
    July 26, 2010 at 1:35 pm


    You are stretching there but point well taken.


    Doesn’t matter what someone calls themselves. Honestly, Sugarland being a duo is one the laughs of the industry. However, your point on MG I totally agree with.

  15. Leeann Ward
    July 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Okay, then B&D can’t be called a duo either.

  16. Leeann Ward
    July 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I actually agree that Sugarland doesn’t follow the “duo” definition in the strictest sense, but I’m disagreeing that the site is being hypocritical by referring to them as such, since it’s how they label themselves.

  17. Jon
    July 26, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Ah, there’s Waynoe speaking on behalf of the industry (maybe with abated (sic) breath) again.

  18. Ben Foster
    July 26, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    As Leeann noted, Sugarland bills themselves as a duo. There are TWO members. One sings lead; One plays guitar and sings harmony. There’s no need to get hung up on the fact that only one member sings lead vocals. Kristian’s contributions may not draw as much attention as Jennifer’s, but they’re imporant nonetheless, so I don’t see why we need to quibble over whether or not Sugarland really is a duo.

  19. Andrew
    July 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I don’t care what they are or label themselves as, the point is, this song is terrible. Jennifer Nettles should not stoop down to Carrie Underwood or Brittney Spears’s level. She is better than that!

  20. Dan E
    July 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Andrew: This song is just fine. Also, the level that Carrie is on is the top level, so I don’t think any artist would mind being on the same level as her.

  21. WAYNOE
    July 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm


    You are exactly right. B&D is not a duo in my opinion either.

  22. Michael A.
    July 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    LOL at Jon’s comment. :)

  23. Andrew
    July 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Dan E – So from your comment, you probably enjoy the state that country music is in right now?

    Carrie Underwood’s voice is AMAZING, I’m not denying that. Most of her songs/writers are not.

    Carrie is at her best singing old school country music with a guitar, not this pop craze of today’s country music. Same with Jennifer Nettles. “Stay” and “Very last Country Song” are great, “Stuck like Glue” is not her best.

  24. Matt Bjorke
    July 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Waynoe, what constitutes a duo?

  25. Matt Bjorke
    July 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    That should be:

    Waynoe, What constitutes a duo to YOU? Do you think a music group needs to have every member sing all the time? If not then I guess every music group out there is really a front man with a backing band?

  26. Andrew
    July 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm
  27. Dan E
    July 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Andrew: Yes, I thoroughly enjoy the state that country music is in right now!

    I also think that Carrie’s songs and songwriters are great too, just like her voice!

    “Stuck Like Glue” is not my favorite Sugarland song of all time, but that doesn’t mean it’s terrible or not worthy to be played on country radio.

  28. Leeann Ward
    July 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I’m not calling it country, just fun.

  29. Lewis
    July 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Matt: I don’t speak for Waynoe but however I will give the fact that Kristian in concert, on awards shows or on TV talk shows when they perform that he gets pushed back further into the backing group every time I see them
    perform instead of just Jennifer and Kristian being together and close to the stage as Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Steel Magnolia and Joey + Rory are.

    As for what constitutes a duo, I would say that bo
    th sharing lead vocals and sharing the stage are keys of being a good duo and not being shoved back into the backing group like Sugarland has done with Kristian.

  30. Thomas
    July 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    …and kenny chesney is banging his head against every door-frame in the house: reggae-country…why wasn’t i thinking of that…reggae-country…why, friggin’ why?

    this tune is possibly the catchiest fluff of all times but hardly the song sugarland want to be remembered for 25 years down the line.

  31. Rick
    July 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I wish these two would stick themselves like glue to the side of an old freighter heading into the Bermuda Triangle during a hurricane (typhoon to you Aussies)…

  32. Zach
    July 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I was expecting some scathing review, but I tend to agree with Blake and many others: different, really not a great song, but incredibly catchy. Hard not to turn up the radio.

  33. Razor X
    July 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    This is probably the most annoying song I’ve heard since — well, “All I Wanna Do”.

  34. Ham
    July 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I wonder if old Wayne thinks Captain and Tennille were a duo? Where is it engraved that both partners in a duo have to sing lead or that all the songs have to be duets? And btw Wayne, there is a difference between duo and duet since you usually claim they are not a duet. sheesh– what a limited mindset and more than tiresome.

  35. Nicolas
    July 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Why do people make such a big deal about Sugarland not being a duo? They started out as a group, with 3 members, and no one ever complains about a group having a lead vocalist.

    But when you shorten the group to just 2 people, if they don’t both sing its suddenly a joke.

  36. C
    July 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    If you guys understood the way Sugarland works and what makes them such a huge success, you’d see how ESSENTIAL Kristian is to the mix. He’s not there for instrumental & harmony purposes only, as everyone seems to think. If you really pay attention, he’s key in the writing of their songs, he’s key to the energy of their performances. I can guarantee that if you threw some other guy in there next to Jennifer that did nothing more than what you THINK Kristian does (harmonies & guitar), it wouldn’t work. It just wouldn’t be the same Sugarland. It’s all the little things he does, especially behind the scenes, that makes him KEY to Sugarland. They ARE a duo.

  37. Rachel
    July 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Thank you C.

  38. travis in va
    July 26, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    This song makes Reba’s “Turn On The Radio” sound like a grammy winner!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Sugarland for taking the heart off of the worst song she has recorded in 30 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. PaulaW
    July 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    This would fit perfectly on the next Miley Cyrus album.

    Two thumbs down.

  40. WAYNOE
    July 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm


    Your characterization of what a duo is I cannot add anything to. I agree totally.

  41. Razor X
    July 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I can guarantee that if you threw some other guy in there next to Jennifer that did nothing more than what you THINK Kristian does (harmonies & guitar), it wouldn’t work. It just wouldn’t be the same Sugarland.

    Well, when you put it like that, it sounds like an experiment worth trying.

  42. WAYNOE
    July 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Also the “hypocrisy” characterization is more referring to rating this song as “up” while rating other pop-oriented songs “down”. As mentioned earlier, Sugarland calls themselves a duo.

    To Jon,
    Glad to see you add absolutely nothing to this discussion.

  43. Sam G.
    July 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    the “hypocrisy” characterization is more referring to rating this song as “up” while rating other pop-oriented songs “down”.

    How, pray tell, is that hypocrisy?

  44. Jon
    July 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Why, Sam, G., the answer is easy. The industry thinks that the only way to review singles is by assigning them to extremely broad categories (like “pop-oriented”) and then praising or condemning them solely on the basis of which category they belong to. Well, when I say “the industry,” I actually mean Waynoe, but according to him, they’re one and the same.

    @Waynoe Dude, “the industry” is who’s calling Sugarland, Brooks & Dunn, a duo. In case you hadn’t noticed.

  45. Lewis
    July 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Does it seem like that Kristian is trying to be Willy Wonka with that hat and all?

  46. Steve Harvey
    July 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Well, I quite liked that until it turned into a a Rihanna song.

  47. K
    July 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Awful, awful, awful. I can’t imagine why anyone would give this song a good review. Not to mention Jenifer’s voice gets so painfully twangy it”s ear-splitting and painful to listen to. I shudder at the fact that this will probably be a huge hit at radio.

  48. i
    July 27, 2010 at 12:37 am

    i find something about the whole putting down carrie underwood thig confusing. she does the same kind of songs as shania twain but shania was put down for not being able to sing well not for songs so is it the reverse for carrie? just cause she can sing really really good means you put her on a pedistal and when she doesnt have “perfect” songs you critisize? i see nothing wrong with the songs she puts out and sure theres some iffy ones but who says you have to like every single song some one puts out

  49. Thomas
    July 27, 2010 at 6:21 am

    …not every thread on a country music site is about carrie underwood, I.

  50. Erik
    July 27, 2010 at 7:29 am

    omg, u gotz me, im so jellus of carrie i cant stop putting her down

  51. Trish
    July 27, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Hey Thomas, nobody said every thread had to be about Carrie Underwood so stop with the exaggeration. Obviously, since Carrie Underwood is the top vocalist in country music she is going to generate the most discussion. It isn’t really that hard to understand, Thomas!

  52. Katherine
    July 27, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Dear God Make it stop.

  53. Stormy
    July 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I would argue that Neko Case has a vastly superior voice, not the mention Allison Moorer and at least Martina McBride.

  54. Jim
    July 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Top voices today:

    1) Carrie Underwood
    2) Faith Hill
    3) Allison Krauss
    4) Jennifer Nettles
    5) Ashton Sheperd

    Allison Moorer – yuk! Neko Case – not into the alternative country indie rock thing – don’t get what you like on that voice!

  55. WAYNOE
    July 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm


    You ruined any credibility you might have had by even including Nettles on the list, much less #4.

  56. Paul W Dennis
    July 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Top Voices Today
    1) Rhonda Vincent
    2) Connie Smith
    Cia Cherryholme
    4) Carrie Underwood
    5) Allison Krauss
    6) Jennifer Nettles
    7) Alecia Nugent
    8) Dawn Sears

    I’ll stop at eight

  57. WAYNOE
    July 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm


    Connie Smith is pretty well unmatched.

  58. Paul W Dennis
    July 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    That was true until a year or two back (she is 69 years old now ) but she has lost a little (very little , to be sure). She is still my favorite all-time female country singer

  59. Fizz
    July 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I just threw up in my mouth …

  60. WAYNOE
    July 28, 2010 at 5:29 am


    You threw up because????????

  61. Thomas
    July 28, 2010 at 6:52 am

    …something fizzy, perhaps?

  62. Sheep
    July 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    How on Earth did Carrie get brought up in a review on Sugarland’s new single?

  63. Dan E
    July 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Sheep: July 26th, 2010 @ 1:11 p.m.

  64. WAYNOE
    July 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Nettles is like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard while grinding one’s teeth. Oh yeah, what’s the other guy’s name who stands by her and looks at her?

  65. Thomas
    July 29, 2010 at 11:20 am

    …no, she ain’t.

  66. Lewis
    July 29, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Waynoe: I can’t even hear any harmonies on “Stay” when there aren’t any and you want to know why Kristian is moved further towards the backing group each time I see them rather than close together and that Sugarland is called a “country duo” and only if they are pictured together and when they do Kristian is wearing a Willy Wonka hat and Jennifer looks like she just got out of bed.

    At least Steel Magnolia and Joey + Rory are true country duos and they aren’t like Sugarland.

  67. Fizz
    July 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    This song, Waynoe. The reggae-rap just gives the flush-handle an extra push.

  68. Janice
    July 30, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I had to look up steampunk. Good to know (I guess?).

    As for the song… I can stomach it as a Sugarland song (I’m not a fan) until it suddenly turns into Pass the Dutchie. Then I had to go listen to some Willie to clear my head.

    But I’m sure stations that jumped on Train’s “Say Hey Sister (country mix)” will eat this one up, too.

  69. yoli
    July 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I like the begining of the song but then that lady with that annoying voice starts to sing and I have to change the station.

  70. klark
    July 31, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Heck, I am beginning to be hypnotized by this song. waaaaaah

    PS: What in the world does Carrie Underwood’s name doing in this Sugarland review? I find it irritating

  71. @zaynjones
    August 5, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Not a duo: Blah blah blah!! It’s original and sexy! Jennifer Nettles is so far ahead of her time! Haters say, “what?”

  72. Ron
    August 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Wow. I can’t describe how bad this song is. It’s not like I hate the song, I just think it is really bad. I can’t imagine actually listening to it over and over.

  73. PenaltyKillah
    August 6, 2010 at 4:16 am

    When a song charting in the rock charts (Mumford & Sons’s Little Lion Man) sounds more country than this, it certainly is “Wha oh, wha oh”… I mean, “Uh oh, uh oh” for the country establishment. I like this, though. Country music evolves just like any other genre. Even George Strait doesn’t sound exactly like Kitty, Hank or Merle; why does everyone else have to be?

    Stuck Like Glue just debuted on the main US chart. And at #20. (#12 on the downloads chart, something you don’t usually see for a genre so reliant on radio spins) It may not be long before the song attains pop (and international) crossover status like Need You Now.

  74. Stormy
    August 6, 2010 at 7:46 am

    When a song charting in the rock charts (Mumford & Sons’s Little Lion Man) sounds more country than this, it certainly is “Wha oh, wha oh”… I mean, “Uh oh, uh oh” for the country establishment. I like this, though.

    I know. I heard that song and was like “wow, that’s some cool banjo.” I guess you could say country really f*ed it up this time, didn’t they my dear.

  75. Jon
    August 6, 2010 at 8:10 am

    guess you could say country really f*ed it up this time, didn’t they my dear.

    You could…if you knew nothing about and cared nothing for country music history.

  76. Stormy
    August 6, 2010 at 8:46 am

    What does country music history have to do with Jennifer Nettles ripping off Paris Hilton when she was ripping off Debbie Harry?

  77. Jon
    August 6, 2010 at 11:05 am

    If you have to ask, that suggests a need for some study, doesn’t it?

  78. Jason
    August 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    This song is horrible… Sugarland that desperate to have to sing songs like this? If this isn’t killing country music, I don’t know what is….

  79. WAYNOE
    August 6, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Lewis & Fizz,

    With you both my brothers.

  80. Scottbug
    August 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Great single and video from SugarLand. Best band in the land! Jennifer is a magnificent vocalist. Jennifer and Kristian are some of the best songwriters in the music business. The most innovative duo in country music. I love Steel Magnolia and Joey & Rory and Brooks & Dunn and Montgomery Gentry and the Everly Brothers and the Judds. But, SugarLand in a League beyond those great duos.

  81. Lewis
    August 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm


    Why would you put Sugarland as in a league beyond those great duos, listing The Everly Brothers, The Judds, Montgomery Gentry, Steel Magnolia, Joey + Rory, Brooks & Dunn?

    Since you mentioned those duos, perhaps I could mention that all the duos mentioned share the stage together, sing together, different ones singing lead, sometimes even writing songs together. And note the word “together” since basically all of what is together about Sugarland is their songwriting since Kristian is shoved back into the background on stage and Jennifer’s singing blocks his vocals where you basically can’t hear him at all or nothing for that matter.

    I will mention a couple of more duos who were together in everything: The Louvin Brothers and The Kendalls.

  82. Jon
    August 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I’m starting to think that Lewis might have a crush on Kristian Bush.

  83. klark
    August 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    @ jon, lol

  84. Bill and Joyce
    August 15, 2010 at 12:09 am

    “Why are Steel Magnolia and Joey and Rory ‘true’ country duos and they aren’t like SugarLand?”
    Let’s see, five years down the road, who knows?

    I don’t know how many times over the last several years I’ve seen critics condemn anything they don’t think is so-called “pure country” or “true country.” My problem is I don’t know what “pure country” is, as there seem to be several approaches I’ve seen posters take to the term. I feel one can probably go to several websites and find Country carved up into many subgenres and so-called fusion genres. I guess “Wickedpedia” is as good a choice as any to follow up. Here is that grouping.


    Bakersfield sound – Bluegrass – Close Close harmony – Honky tonk – Jug band –
    Lubbock sound – Nashville sound – Neotraditional country – Outlaw country – Red Dirt –
    Western swing – Texas country

    Fusion Genres
    Alternative country – Country rock – Psychobilly – Rockabilly – Gothbilly – Cowpunk –
    Country rap – Country pop – Country soul – Southern soul

    Maybe SugarLand or Carrie (How did she get on this site) can add a new subgenre if they want to.

    Me, I don’t care. People can argue the new single and video can either hurt country music or perhaps it can expand the listening audience and be classified as some kind of crossover. If I like the sound, and it’s pleasing to my ears and I love to watch a video or live performance, that’s all that is important to me. And I do love Jen, Kristian, and the remainder of the band. And like I am as positive toward SugarLand as Wayno is negative and has been for as long as I can remember, nothing wrong with each of us having our own opinions. Sometimes makes for interesting as well as fun reading. I’m not really sure it ever accomplishes anything.

  85. Stephen H.
    August 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I may be completely in left field, but the more I hear this song, the more the song’s instrumentation (except the reggae part, of course) reminds me a little of “If I Had $1000000″ by Barenaked Ladies. Again I’m probably the only one.

  86. Kristina
    August 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    hey all, I am a Sugarland fan. But I really dislike this song. Kristian is an amazing songwriter (proven in all his pre-sugarland career Billy Pilgrim)I just think they were pandering to the “hook” in the song to get something that you cannot get out of your head. I am not a staunch country music fan,but I enjoy it (especially the “real” thing) I am open to all country artists stretching the boundaries and trying new things, this is why it is called art. But this sounds like a Hillary Duff song with an exaggeration on the twang to make it country. (do not mistake the comparison to Hillary Duff as a compliment)

    So, here is a link to a few songs that Kristian co-wrote with a guy named Ellis Paul. I discovered him because he and KB are great friends for 30 years. Ellis will be opening some shows for Sugarland in Sept. Curious what you think of them…

    (River Road)
    (Lights of Vegas)

  87. Regina George
    September 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Let’s be honest, it’s not totally country, but who is these days? Certainly not Reba, certainly not Rascal Flatts, I won’t even go into Taylor. But then again is that not what country is anymore; not country. The genre is opening up. I love this song. I think it’s futuristic and fun and theres no pain in that. Especially because it’s just the direction that country music is going into. Not just in a poppy sense, but just a wider less boxed stance. I love what sugarland is doing, they’re so crazy and awesome and they are so versitile that they can go from a slow acoustic like “stay,” to something creative and fun like this. I’m not saying they are the most unique and innovative, but at least they’re being themselves and trying new things, and since i don’t define a group by who does or does not sing lead vocals I think that they are amazing together. each on their own would be lacking, even with Nettle’s intense Laura Bell Bundy/Dolly Parton-esque personality and Bush with his cool good persona. They write amazing songs and are just way too cool. This song is great, even lyrically it’s not bad and who else could pull it off? probably no one. That’s enough justification for it’s realease if anything. Go sugarland!

  88. Stormy
    September 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    How is Jenifer Nettles remotely like Dolly?

  89. WAYNOE
    September 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm


    That’s what I was thinking. It literally hurts to listen to her sing; therefore I don’t.

  90. Razor X
    September 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    “… who else could pull it off? probably no one.

    Including Sugarland. Nobody but nobody could salvage this hot mess of a song. It’s that bad.

  91. Mark
    September 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Sugarland’s first CD, “Twice The Speed of Life” was a GREAT CD. Jennifer Nettles first two to three hits with them were fantastic. Nettles is obviously a very talented singer and performer. She has a good stage prescence. However, this song and video…I hate to say it, are bad. It is sort of embarrasing to watch it. Its nothing to do with country at all. My guess is since they have been successful they want to try something new but this does not work.

  92. Mike
    September 20, 2010 at 9:30 am

    pathetic… most of the people commenting here that is… can’t you people open up your minds a little bit and have some fun… Miss Nettles is one of the most truly gifted singer/entertainers to come our way in a long long time

  93. Stormy
    September 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I already have my Lady Saw cds. If I didn’t buy Gwen Stefani when she was ripping off Lady Saw, why would I buy Jennifer Nettles ripping off Gwen Steffani ripping off Lady Saw?

  94. amber
    September 21, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Yall need to shut your mouth ruuning it about sugarland this is a great song if you don’t like it turn to another staion but quit running your mouth about sugarland just think if you were a country singer and you got a brand new song out and people were ruuning their mouths how would it make you feel? think about it before you say something bad about some one else before you run your mouth (:

  95. amber
    September 21, 2010 at 6:21 am

    got anthing else to say nasty or rude about sugarland?

  96. Big Steve
    September 21, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Yeah, they’re nobheads and shouldn’t be running around calling themselves country.

  97. countryfan
    September 21, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Yeah, Sugarland SUCKS! This new song is just terrible and shouldn’t be on country radio. :) Stuck Like Glue is pure GARBAGE!

  98. Razor X
    September 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

    “just think if you were a country singer and you got a brand new song out and people were ruuning their mouths how would it make you feel?”

    I’d feel that maybe I’d better put out a better song the next time.

  99. samantha
    September 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    i really like this song its mine and my boyfriends song its really romantic yall shouldnt hate on it yall just dont jealous so stop hatin!!

  100. Stormy
    September 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    You’re right. I’m totally jealous that I don’t have a weird and creepy stalker. Wait, no, I’m RELIEVED I don’t have a weird creepy stalker. I always get that mixed up.

  101. countryfan
    September 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Exactly Stormy! The video creeps me out.

  102. Bill and Joyce
    March 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Well, here it is the end of March, 2011 and I guess time to take a look at this non “traditional” country single and see how it has done. Since the discussion of this song had some fairly positive versus somewhat brutal critiques on this website, I was wondering how it might do in the overall scheme of things.

    “Stuck Like Glue” was sent to radio stations on July 26, 2010 and debuted at #44 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of August 7, 2010.

    One chart week later, it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #20 shifting 93,000 downloads, making it the highest debut on that chart by a country music group or duo

    It also debuted at #53 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of August 13, 2010.

    The single entered the UK Top 100 at #74 on the 13th of February, 2011. It also debuted at #30 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

    To date the single has sold over 1.5 million copies in the US.

    It went to Number 2 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart and a had nice run as a video on GAC and CMT Top 20 Programs.

    “Stuck Like Glue” went Gold on September 24, 2010 and Platinum on November 24, 2010.

    What can I say? As Jen commented on the song, “it is just plain, unashamed, Sugar-fun! It sticks in your brain, no pun intended.” Not the “traditional country” venture, to say the least, but I’m sure Nettles and Bush (in the background he is carrying the money bags) are glad the lawsuit with Kristen Hall has been settled, and are ready to stir up the Country Music Community even more so this year.

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