Jennifer Nettles’ “Sugar” Turns Dessert Into a Disaster
Jennifer Nettles is the Kathy Bates of country music, and I’m not talking the Fried Green Tomatoes Kathy Bates. Where some female performers like to exhibit personas such as the sweet girl next door or the strong Southern Belle, the Sugarland co-singer apparently thinks a psychopathic yandere cross bred with a hyper-spastic oversinger is what will curry the favor of the mindless drones of mainstream country, and get the singer’s solo career the attention it so desperately needs to cling to the dying echoes of a relevant pulse.
What a cacophonous shitbag of embarrassing tastelessness the glucose-fueled “Sugar” aspires to be. Screw the “If you don’t like it, just don’t listen to it” mentality. For the sake of any and all self-dignity, I feel it is an imperative to publicly distance from such an effort as a country music fan, and fervently admonish it to hopefully shelter the innocent from such slipshod efforts and acute mayhem evidenced in this audio and visual abortion.
“Sugar” as a song is offensive enough from the sheer pablum it exudes from second one, bouncing around with all the super-catchy mellifluousness of a marshmallow-laden breakfast cereal jingle, until you get to the inexcusable innuendo from Nettles about tasting the 41-year-old mother’s pre-menopausal “cherry pie,” giving rise to unhealthful journeys of the mind no self-respecting listener should ever be forced to slog through.
And only then you get to the video, and Holy Mary Mother of God . . .
Now let’s stop down for a second and offer a little context: Before a stage collapse in August of 2011 killed five people right before Sugarland took the stage, what arguably killed the duo’s career was the ridiculous hyper-pop single “Stuck Like Glue.” In the video, Nettles is shown obsessing over a guy that she then attempts to run over with a station wagon, eventually kidnaps against his will, holds him hostage in a warehouse, and drugs him to do her bidding however she pleases. The video ends with Nettles punching her kidnapped victim in the face. Yes I know, it’s all theater, so let’s not over-react.
But Jennifer Nettles’ overacting is absolutely unbearable, and what’s the premise of this new “Sugar” video? Yes, let’s now line up half a dozen stereotypical sexpot males wearing construction belts, suspenders, and blue collar shirts, then drug them, disrobe them, and have them prance around in some bullshit choreographed drug zombie flashdance. I mean what disease of the mind gave rise to this heinous premise?
And even that is not the worst part of “Sugar.” The looks on Jennifer Nettles’ face at certain moments in this video is enough to disturb the most steeled and desensitized of intellects. At the 2:20 mark of the video, Nettles makes the mother of all malevolent aw shucks faces, and then shortly after there’s some weird-ass scene where Nettles and some other chick are working a roller pin in a moment with strange sexual overtones. If that isn’t enough, at the 1:55 mark, there’s gratuitous isolated product placement shots for Domino Sugar and Beats headphones that make you wonder if you just got switched over to QVC. Nettles overacts so hard, she makes Jim Carrey look like Marlon Brando.
And what’s up with Jennifer Nettles’ choice of headgear? I saw a preview of her hosting the CMA Country Christmas special, and she had a quarter-sized top hat perched on the side of her head, and here she’s wearing a flowery dollop that seems to lend to the whole psychologically disturbed ambiance of “Sugar.” Nettles has descended into patterning herself around a mascot on the front of some fruity cereal box . . . if Toucan Sam or the Lucky Charms leprechaun was a psychotic, kidnapping, victim-drugging narcissist. It makes one wonder what really happened to the forgotten 3rd member of Sugarland Kristen Hall that seemed to silently disappear overnight because having a woman who looked like she should be heading up the Justice Department wasn’t good for marketing.
And yes, let’s not overlook what the public sentiment would be about the actions portrayed in these videos if the perpetrator was male.
Jennifer Nettles is not nearly the talent wasteoid portrayed in “Sugar” and “Stuck Like Glue.” I’m surprised every time I see her perform something subdued. When she’s not oversinging in some wide-mouthed tone, and the content is actually worthy of human consumption like her 2013 single “That Girl” (which of course was summarily ignored by most), she’s not half bad. But taking saccharine pop songs and turning them into reverse-misogynistic psychological thrillers needs to die.
December 3, 2015 @ 6:50 pm
Never liked her, never will. Terrible artist.
December 3, 2015 @ 6:57 pm
She’s always sounded like the Abby Wambach of country music to me….
there u go pullin Lil Dale rite back in rite back in agin
December 3, 2015 @ 7:01 pm
lets slow down just a dad gum minate. jennifar is a classicc all timer. now this new song mite not be as good as all I wanna do-oo-oo-oo or stuk like glew but its still a tuff song. just like how the tide mite not bring there a game evry saturday but is still the best colege football teem in the cuntry. thats how jennifar is she mite do a bad song evry wunse in a wyle but will be in that national championchip game at th end of the yeer. now bama is -18 aginst the gaytors n I say take the tide . I no thats a lot of points to cover but the boys’ll do it . Role damm tide!
December 4, 2015 @ 6:16 am
Roll Tide! Lil Dale bringing it, once again!
December 3, 2015 @ 7:07 pm
She is tough to listen to and only barely easier to watch. The Jim Carrey / Marlon Brando reference was pretty spot on. And I haven’t even watched this new one. It sounds like I might want to go to the liquor store first.
December 3, 2015 @ 11:52 pm
December 3, 2015 @ 7:08 pm
I think this song should be used by the military and put on repeat to torture ISIS prisoners. That is the only way this godawful song should be listened to by anybody.
December 3, 2015 @ 7:12 pm
My buddy’s dad told me they used to do that with Credence Clearwater Revival when he was in ‘Nam…
December 5, 2015 @ 9:55 am
I can’t imagine that being too effective since Creedence kicks ass. They probably just turned Charlie into John Fogerty fans.
December 5, 2015 @ 10:53 am
He told me that they would put blindfolded VC in front of the speaker and then turn CCR up to an ear-splitting level. He also said that they would blast it from the helicopter PA and scare the shit out of the dinks on the ground….
December 3, 2015 @ 7:10 pm
The bigger the rant, the bigger the words you use, Trigger. I had to look up 4 words in this rant!
It’s terrible. The only redeeming quality of the video is they used age appropriate men. If this was Mariah Carey or Madonna, the men would have been ridiculously young.
February 24, 2021 @ 12:33 pm
Saw her headline for CMT Next Women of Country Tour where relatively unknown talented female country artists get an opportunity for increased exposure & experience touring. Jennifer appeared as the headlining artist that has had some success shares her experience & leads the way for the up-coming talent. Each artist performed their own songs & Jennifer had her own program. Would have preferred to hear more songs from each of the “next women” artists rather than Jennifer dramatically prancing around the stage in overdrive. It was the “I’m Jennifer Nettles Show” vibe which totally defeated the purpose of the idea of “Next Women of Country”. If THIS was what they were promoting I didn’t want any “Next”. . Years later, JN is in the news promoting equality for women in country radio play. She could have started by giving these girls a more generous portion of her stage time. Just a thought – but what a concept!
December 3, 2015 @ 7:10 pm
Fuck. That was bad.
December 3, 2015 @ 7:26 pm
Nothing like trying to sell out, and then doing it badly. Simply humiliating for Nettles. This reminds me of some of those overblown, over-produced videos that Reba did 25 years ago, but the song is much, much worse.
I can’t believe I wasted 3 minutes of my life to watch this.
December 3, 2015 @ 7:33 pm
I can’t add anything beneficial here…Just a horrid song. An even worse, attention whoring video. It’s kind of sad too because I believe she’s a hell of a singer when she uses her voice right. Look up her version of “Red Dirt Road” that she sung on the Brooks & Dunn farewell show several years back. It was just her and a piano,until Kristian Bush chimes in, and it was fantastic.
December 3, 2015 @ 7:34 pm
“Sugar and spice and everything nice.” That better not have been a Powerpuff Girls reference…
December 4, 2015 @ 9:41 am
I didn’t even catch that ref and I’ve see PPG on Cartoon Network when I was younger.
December 4, 2015 @ 12:22 pm
That expression is from a 200 year old nursery rhyme.
December 3, 2015 @ 7:38 pm
She is also starring in the new Dolly Parton inspired movie ‘Coat Of Many Colors’ as a young Dolly’s mother. The movie airs next week on NBC so she is apparently going all in right now to reestablish some sort of relevancy.
December 3, 2015 @ 7:41 pm
JN is the definition of generic no matter the genre .
Here’s a pretty decent voice ( which comes complete with an on/off HYPERTWANG switch) totally wasted on vacuous material . She cannot feel good about having to degrade herself on all fronts …visually , vocally , lyrically and musically ….just to achieve the status of “BLIP” on a pop music radar so congested with ‘ blips’ that its a white-out . Sure , it may have worked once for her before everyone jumped on the shitsong bandwagon looking for late night iTuners with a hankerin to download whatever they are directed to by whomever .But damn….surely a person has other interests , employment options and otherwise worthwhile life goals than to opt for THIS as a way to make a living . Most buskers have more integrity than JN .
December 3, 2015 @ 8:55 pm
She is choosing to degrade herself. Have you noticed how skinny she has become? She is trying to keep up with the Kelsea Balerinis of the world. Sad really.
December 5, 2015 @ 7:41 am
Kelsea isn’t exactly skinny…that girl is another Meghan Trainor (not a good thing!).
December 3, 2015 @ 7:57 pm
Well……I like it…….Quite a bit actually. I remember when Country Universe reviewed this and I’m partial to their take on it, especially Jonathan Keefe’s ideas in the comments. http://www.countryuniverse.net/2015/07/24/single-review-jennifer-nettles-sugar/
December 3, 2015 @ 8:08 pm
Well then…….I followed your link and read it. I got a good laugh from the review and comment section.
December 5, 2015 @ 8:52 pm
It is par for course with the CU staff. Rarely, if ever, do I see them disagree with a review. If they did, it was at most, a grade off (C instead of the review’s B).
The fact that they all thought this song has any sort of depth because Jonathan said so is very telling of the group think over there. It is an awful song and the music video doesn’t hint at any serious undertones.
Still, the site has some useful features and its archives are full of great reviews. But as Kevin mentioned/implied in many of his reviews over the past few years, the bro country craze has really taken the wind out of his country music love.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:32 pm
I think I’m more disappointed that Brandy Clark had a hand in writing this mess. THIS is what came out of them two touring together??? What happens if starved for good music, we’ve totally overrated that whole group – Clark, Musgraves, and MacAnally. I’m about one more strike away from striking out all three.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:42 pm
McAnally hit my 3rd strike with that Old Dominion album. Whatever value he brought to a few good songs, he’s way overcompensated it with being the man behind the Metro-Bro sounds.
Cool Lester Smooth
December 4, 2015 @ 11:32 am
Yeah, he’s pretty nakedly a hired gun/song-fixer who’ll help out anyone that pays him.
December 4, 2015 @ 7:48 pm
Oh, he’s just making a living. You know, supporting his family like Chris Stapelton does on all those bro country songs. Are you guys harder on Shane because he’s gay or because he doesn’t wear an outlaw cowboy hat with feathers?
December 4, 2015 @ 9:19 pm
Writing four songs for Bro-Country artists, with only one or two actually being worthy of characterizing as Bro-Country, is a completely different thing than being the co-writer on entire albums from Sam Hunt and Old Dominion, and being the singlemost constant behind-the-scenes presence in the Metro-Bro movement.
Or maybe I’m just a raging narcissistic homophobe.
December 5, 2015 @ 4:41 am
He’s gay? That’s hilarious. That makes the bro country movement even more ridiculous. This makes bro country listeners the Clayton Bigsby’s of country music….
Cool Lester Smooth
December 5, 2015 @ 8:19 pm
How involved is McAnally in the writing, though? Judging from the variety, I’d assume that he’s the go-to guy to finish up songs, rather than a creative force.
December 5, 2015 @ 8:23 pm
1/3’rd for a word baby.
The Ghost of Buckshot Jones
December 21, 2015 @ 10:45 am
I was not aware that he was gay, but now the fact that I know the dude with “anally” in his name swings that way, my inner 12 year old is giggling like a mofo right now.
December 3, 2015 @ 11:16 pm
Clark saves the good stuff for her and Kacey’s albums. The crap she sends elsewhere
December 5, 2015 @ 8:43 pm
Country Universe has rapidly declined. Outside of Kevin, new reviews are rare as gems over there. And may the saints help you, if you disagree with a review or a narrative over there. I used to head to Country Universe all the time for my country fix, but Saving Country Music has replaced it. It is more reliable.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:01 pm
Oh my God.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:21 pm
I had not seen or heard anything about Jennifer Nettles in years, then all of the sudden she pops on the NBC Thanksgiving parade, and now the CMA Christmas Extravaganza, which I believe is on right now. (Nice synergy, Trigger.)
I guess the CMA Christmas gig is the only way she still has a foot still in the mainstream country world at this point, since she doesn’t actually have any hits any more, which is fine with me, since Jennifer Nettles’ “twangy” voice has always been like fingernails on a freakin’ chalkboard to me.
Anyway, this song is unbelievably terrible. It’s like she took everything that was aggressively irritating about “Stuck Like Glue” and did it again, except she ratcheted it up an extra notch. I kinda doubt that this song will catch on at radio, but it’s already done enough damage just by existing.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:31 pm
‘NBC Thanksgiving Parade’
This is a little cross promotion as she is in the ‘Coat Of Many Colors’ movie on NBC next week so these appearances are all tied together I would imagine.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:41 pm
Yeah, I remember hearing something about that.
She’s not gonna play Dolly, is she?
December 3, 2015 @ 8:48 pm
Young Dolly’s mother.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:33 pm
The wife has been on me for a few years to go see a live taping of the CMA Country Christmas. We actually went to the live taping this year hosted by Jennifer Nettles. She seems to over exaggerate her emotions. Nothing she said/did seemed natural. Like she was trying to hard. And Trig the top hat did look just as silly in person.
The taping/getting seats it its self was an experience. Ordered my seats just like anyone else on the phone but when asked for closer seats (I am legally blind) you would have thought I had asked to rent the Opry House for free. While every venue I been to has accommodated my seating request The Grand Old Opry would not. I have never had a venue act like they did towards me (they acted like I was trying to get free tickets). Had to contact the CMAs who were nice enough to make sure I was able to get closer seats.
The first 30 minutes of filming was pretty cool to see but after 4 1/2 hours of watching the same Christmas songs being sang 2 to 3 times it got exhausting.
As far as the performances I was very impressed with LeAnn Rimes (and I’m not close to even being a fan of hers). She had one of the best performances of the night. It was also neat seeing Mickey Guyton. I hope she doesn’t go pop. Martina seemed a little off for some reason (saw her open for King George so I know she has a better voice than what I heard).
Glad that Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett were recorded elsewhere and that I didn’t have to endure them. In the end I’m glad the wife enjoyed it just wish that there would have been more country artist at the CMA Country Christmas.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:46 pm
Glad you finally got your request accomodated Chris. That’s the Opry for you.
Nettles’ emotions are like those of cartoon characters made blatantly obvious so small children can pick up on them. It’s so grating.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:33 pm
I guess we know which member of Sugarland brought the quality to the table and it wasnt this lady. Give me Kristian Bush and songs like Walk Tall any day of the week over this embarassment.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:37 pm
Jennifer Nettles is the modern day Gwen Stefani of country music. And I don’t mean that in a good way.
Also, the part of the video with the drugged and unconscious guys combined with the weird food / sex motif going on throughout the song was straight up disturbing.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:49 pm
I like Gwen Stefani 🙁
December 3, 2015 @ 9:14 pm
I’m referring specifically to the current day Gwen Stefani who continues to act like a teenager, and releases songs such as that masterpiece, “Yummy,”
Either way, don’t worry about it. I like Gwen Stefani better than Jennifer Nettles. At least Gwen doesn’t try to stick her nose in the country music world.
December 4, 2015 @ 11:36 am
I don’t like Blake Shelton, but that seems unfair.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:42 pm
It’s a bit unfair to selectively review Jennifer Nettles’s singles. Yes, this song is extremely annoying, but it came out 5 months ago. Her newest single “Unlove You” is markedly better. I was impressed by her performance of that song on Fallon. It was one of the few times in recent years that I have not been embarrassed by a major country artist performing at a talk show.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:48 pm
That is true. I did not hate that. But it took her being dropped by her label to get there. I hope it is the path she stays on. Even when radio doesnt play it (because they wont).
December 3, 2015 @ 8:49 pm
This video just came out late last week. The single was innocuous to not need to remark on it. The video put it over the top.
“The Boot” just featured this today as well. Nothing was “selective.” I review what I have an opinion on, good and bad.
December 3, 2015 @ 8:56 pm
Speaking of Fallon, he used to actually have some good musical artists on his old show, but since moving up an hour, he has mainstream pop and country music acts on constantly. And yes, the country artists are embarrassing.
December 3, 2015 @ 9:20 pm
Jennifer Nettles “Sugar” is not that bad; but not great. 1 gun up for her effort; 1 gun down for that horrible metro-mix. 5.5/10
Red Headed Danger
December 3, 2015 @ 9:43 pm
Ugh. Just watched it, and I’m pretty sure I’m dumber now.
December 3, 2015 @ 11:11 pm
like almost the entire “Machine” record, shitty over the top singing, bad songs but with surprisingly good music underneath all the over the top BS
December 4, 2015 @ 4:39 am
I paused Stoney LaRue for that. But only for 38 seconds. Right about at the cherry pie reference.
Can’t say that I ever liked Sugarland. I found them rather boring. But this…oh, my. It’s like Jennifer Nettles took everything that was bad about Sugarland and amped it up to insane levels.
Frank the tank
December 4, 2015 @ 7:28 pm
I’ve never liked anything I’ve ever heard by Sugarland, but I would gladly listen to any of their songs over this one.
December 4, 2015 @ 4:57 am
Holy $#!+, she just obliterated any chance she ever had to ever be taken seriously. What is she running a prostitution ring under the cover of a bakery. The faces my God the faces she makes like a 16 yr old schizophrenic high on meth and adderall.
Anyone remember the movie “The Last Dragon”, this video must have been directed by Eddy Arcadian. Ha-ha, so long psycho at least no one can dispute how bad this is even mainstream listeners gotta dismiss this.
December 4, 2015 @ 3:34 pm
I thought she had destroyed her credibility as an artist with “Stuck Like Glue”…this is 10 times worse! Ugh!
December 4, 2015 @ 6:16 am
Alright, I DO have to say I am incredibly gung-ho on any message that women don’t have to be the stereotypical sweet/submissive “cookie cutter” type of gal to be happy or to find a partner who appreciates her. I want to think at one point, this song wasn’t an abomination.
I’m not defending it, though. Warrant’s use of “Cherry Pie” in a sleazy, fun ’80’s rock song was fine. It was at that point in “Sugar” I said, “I’m out.” So gross. And the video–I can’t add anything to what Trigger said.
I actually did like Sugarland’s early stuff. “Stay” is a song where Jennifer shines. I love that song. I feel like if “Sugar” had a totally different (country) arrangement/instrumentation and a tweak of the lyrics, it could be a cute, catchy little song.
But it’s not. It’s icky.
December 4, 2015 @ 3:32 pm
“Joey” was a good one. I liked it, and it showed her voice,perhaps at it’s best. I can’t stand her, however, especially as a solo artist, because everything she has done solo has sucked. As for the vibes she puts out in this video, I wouldn’t be surprised if she was bi…
December 4, 2015 @ 6:33 am
Well, you found an excellent screen cap for this review. I’m afraid YouTube is down for me at the moment, so I’m spared from listening to it.
I haven’t been able to take Jennifer Nettles seriously because I remember when she was the front-woman for a rock band in Georgia back in the day. Really good local band that got some play on the alternative rock station in Atlanta. When Sugarland got big, I could not believe it was the same person. Her “country voice” is entirely different and way overdone. It’s like when you watch a movie about southerners and you see actors with these fake, overdone accents.
“Why don’t you stay” was a good song, but Jennifer Nettles is nails on a chalkboard for me most of the time.
December 4, 2015 @ 7:13 am
Or like listening to that Yankee carpetbagger from Connecticut say “newk-ya-ler?”
December 5, 2015 @ 10:08 am
I’m about as far from being a Bush fan as you can be, but to be fair, he moved to Texas when he was a toddler and attended school in Midland and Houston. His accent may be played up for affect, but I don’t think it’s completely fake.
December 6, 2015 @ 11:17 am
Well I won’t say anything political because I’m an ultra-conservative and I believe the rules of the site are that we aren’t supposed to get political in our comments if we’re conservative.
December 6, 2015 @ 12:32 pm
“I believe the rules of the site are that we aren”™t supposed to get political in our comments if we”™re conservative.”
Not true at all. I do request that we keep political discussions to a minimum because in the end nothing gets resolved and it takes attention away from the music. I think music should be a respite from the polarized world. But sometimes politics and music butt up with each other. I would hope we can discuss politics when it interfaces with music, but refrain from being polarizing. Conservatives aren’t singled out any more than liberals are on this site. I put great effort out to keep Saving Country Music apolitical, though both sides of the aisle have accused me of being one or the another.
December 6, 2015 @ 1:09 pm
Trigger (there’s no reply link to your reply to me)–In that case, can I say in reply to the “carpetbagger” comment re GW Bush,
“or like listening to that carpetbagger from Chicago who claimed New York residency in her Senate run when she said ‘I ain’t no ways tared’ when speaking to a black audience”, as a comparison to the annoying speech patterns of Jennifer Nettles?
December 6, 2015 @ 1:17 pm
Or like listening to that carpetbagger from who knows where say “corpesmen” when referring to the Marine Corps? (We’ll just let his reference to the 57 states of the US slide).
December 6, 2015 @ 2:04 pm
Or like listening to that carpetbagger from who knows where
Hawaii. Says so right on his birth certificate. Apparently, you’re a birther.
We”™ll just let his reference to the 57 states of the US slide
He did not say that there were 57 states. He said he had been in 57 states on the campaign with one to go and that he wasn’t allowed to go to Alaska and Hawaii. So he said 57 instead of 47.
Also, I don’t think you quite have the measure of RD.
December 6, 2015 @ 2:16 pm
No, I don’t have RD’s measure, all I can go by are his/her words. I can easily believe he/she’s not a leftist, because I have no time for George W myself, and I’m a conservative. But those kind of words usually come from a left-leaner, you must admit that much. I myself think W is a crony capitalist, a globalist, and so’s his whole family, the ones with political career intentions.
The “who knows where” was a bit of a joke, no, I’m not a birther. But I do believe that “the most transparent administration evah” must have something (I don’t know what) to hide when they are less forthcoming with their records than almost any previous administration.
I’m culturally ultra-conservative, but in the process of becoming apolitical regarding the political process. My cynicism has grown to the point where I don’t trust any of them, either side of the Uniparty, and don’t see much point in voting for any of them at this point.
Anyway, W isn’t the only president who could be used as an example of presidential spoken gaffes, though the left seems to think that if they if they ignore those of Obama and Biden, everyone else will forget them too. Not a chance.
So unless anyone brings up a political point again, that’s all I have to say about that.
December 4, 2015 @ 6:51 am
I wasn’t going to watch the video but after your review I had to check it out. Now I feel like I ate all of the icing on those cupcakes. And not in a good way.
Red Headed Danger
December 4, 2015 @ 7:12 am
Ok, to nitpick just a little, is the “cherry pie” line really gross because she’s 41? Or is it just gross because it’s gross? There are plenty of sexy women in their 40s. She just isn’t one of them because she appears to be batsh*t crazy.
December 4, 2015 @ 11:12 am
Not to over-analyze the “cherry pie” reference or get too graphic, but hypothetically, “cherry pie” refers to a virgin, aka the whole “pop the cherry” thing. Not only does this have no place in this song, but it doesn’t even really make sense in Nettle’s case, seeing how she has a kind, so has clearly had intercourse before. That’s what I was trying to say (though sloppily, perhaps). I wasn’t trying to be ageist at all.
Red Headed Danger
December 4, 2015 @ 11:14 am
Got it. That makes sense. Thanks for replying!
December 4, 2015 @ 7:28 am
Are we honestly surprised? Is there anyone out there who expected anything by Jennifer Nettles to be even remotely good?
December 4, 2015 @ 7:41 am
Great, now I now what a “yandere” is. More or less. Glad SCM is keeping me in step with pop culture.
December 4, 2015 @ 7:49 am
Other than finding its way onto Ellen Degenerate’s iPod, to whom is this marketed? Certainly, no man would want to listen to it. Women seem disgusted by it, and kids would laugh at it. Is it just the Liza Minnelli fan club?
December 4, 2015 @ 11:09 am
I have no clue who listens to this music. I get why people find appeal in Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. But this?
December 4, 2015 @ 8:40 am
That photo is going to give me nightmares.
December 4, 2015 @ 9:18 am
Remember, kids! You, too, can have a blazing country music career by ignoring every single vocal training technique and instead singing through your nose!
December 4, 2015 @ 10:11 am
I actually like her voice. I don’t like song choices as of late. I like the early stuff and a few of their songs are among my faves – including Very Last Country Song, Stay, Something More and Baby Girl. Stuff on the first two/three albums. And, to be fair, if the more recent stuff were released as pop and not country I might just find it fun – I just hate that it is being called country – because it is not.
December 4, 2015 @ 10:14 am
I have a horrible cold, and had not been able to cough up any of the congestion. When I read this article and saw her crosseyed picture, I laughed hard enough to cough up a huge glob of phlegm.
December 4, 2015 @ 10:39 am
Glad to be of service.
December 4, 2015 @ 10:40 am
Saving Country Music. Not just good, but good for you.
Red Headed Danger
December 4, 2015 @ 11:10 am
I like it when a comment manages to be both funny and mildly disgusting! 🙂
Although I would rather watch someone cough up phlegm blobs than watch that video again.
Derek E. Sullivan
December 4, 2015 @ 10:43 am
I actually liked That Girl. I thought it was a pretty good album. I saw Sugarland in concert and Nettles was great. I’m going to hold out hope that this is a crappy single on a good album situation.
December 4, 2015 @ 3:08 pm
December 4, 2015 @ 11:25 am
So how long until we get mentions of waifus and chinese cartoons on SCM?
Cool Lester Smooth
December 4, 2015 @ 11:46 am
As someone who considers Stuck Like Glue a massive guilty pleasure: Ew.
The most irritating thing about Nettles is that she actually has quite a good voice, when she wants to use it.
December 4, 2015 @ 12:42 pm
I just threw up in my mouth
December 4, 2015 @ 2:41 pm
Trigger, why must you tempt us to watch these horrible, and in this case, disturbing videos?! I’m sorry I clicked on that! That makes “Stuck Like Glue” look lime Video of the Decade! Ack! That was truly disturbing! Not sure what was worse, the song or the getup she was wearing!
December 4, 2015 @ 3:05 pm
Holy fuck!! Brutal, cunted and an insult to stale deercum. 4 to 5 great releases this year, but so much useless shit. Much more than anyone should endure.
December 4, 2015 @ 4:19 pm
This video killed my words for a while. All of my words. But it suddenly hit me what this reminds me of: the cloying desperation of Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty.” Ka-wa-iiii! Everyone please stop trying to be teenagers, it’s not working. You look RIDICULOUS.
December 5, 2015 @ 3:16 am
“Everyone please stop trying to be teenagers, it”™s not working. You look RIDICULOUS.”
And very YOUNG teenagers at that, Melissa . In fact teens don’t come off as this empty-headed and baby-ish .
December 5, 2015 @ 10:09 am
I dunno, I saw a bunch of teenaged girls at work the other day, and they not only proceeded to whistle at my boss, but upon closer inspection one of them had a message written upon her breast with a sharpie… Not the strangest thing I’ve seen at work, either.
December 5, 2015 @ 12:12 pm
Exactly, it’s like an older person’s *idea* of what young people are, or what they want to hear. Avril Lavigne, for instance, made some good music when she actually was a teenager. It’s a sad side effect of popular culture skewing younger and younger, but these people really should know better.
December 5, 2015 @ 12:20 pm
I think there honestly are some teenagers who dress, think, and act like that. Unfortunately they are the ones who create the stereotype, because they are the one to whom the most attention is drawn. The well dressed, respectable teenagers don’t make news because they didn’t crash a car or steal something or insult a Korean War Veteran.
December 4, 2015 @ 7:46 pm
this is gooftacularly bad
December 4, 2015 @ 8:07 pm
Congratulations to Jennifer Nettles for releasing this song at the end of the year just in time to make Triggers worse songs and videos of 2015. And that’s quite a feat considering she has to compete with Thomas Rett, Jake Owens, Sam Hunt, and the other Metro-bro’s.
December 4, 2015 @ 9:25 pm
Still waiting for that Justin Moore/Jennifer Nettles duet to see who can ham up their fake twang the most. Just awful, like listening to a garden gnome run through a lawn mower.
December 5, 2015 @ 7:51 am
December 5, 2015 @ 9:52 am
Not the worst I’ve heard this year but thoroughly forgettable with a fake twang and Nettles trying to be Kelsea Ballerini.
December 5, 2015 @ 10:24 am
I have to agree the video is horrid, although I’ve never been a huge fan of Nettles. She just had too much nasal in her singing voice for my tastes. Despite that she did have better songs earlier in her career with Sugarland. But, this just doesn’t measure up to those songs. I also noticed that it said Big Machine Records at the end of the video. So, she would be on the same record company with TBP and Bradbury just to name a few of her label mates. For some odd reason that just doesn’t give me a lot of hope in her musical direction.
December 6, 2015 @ 5:53 pm
I usually don’t comment on these things and maybe I read a little to deep into the song and the video but have you ever considered that the whole song is a metaphor for the music business. They want her and/or girl singers to all be one way (hence the stepford men in the video) and she doesn’t want to give them what they want she wants to do her own thing? “This girl you see is just pieces of me” “don’t you go changing cause they only like you one way” ??? Just my thoughts. This isn’t her best song and most of their “hits” don’t really showcase her true talent. I have seen her live a number of times and she has an amazing voice.
December 7, 2015 @ 5:41 pm
At least we know Katy Perry will never make the move to country music since Jennifer Nettles just stole not only her lead single, but the entire music video concept as well.
December 7, 2015 @ 8:09 pm
Well be afraid, be very afraid, that Miley Cyrus might decide there’s a place for her in “country music”. After all (as far as I know), nobody in country has twerked yet. Lord, I hope she or her people don’t read this site, they might see this as a great idea, and I’ll have to go nu-country hell for bringing it up.
December 8, 2015 @ 12:14 pm
Regardless of the song, she needs to quit crossing her eyes. You can do damage to your eye muscles and when you’re older, the muscles will not rebound/stretch. You can ruin your eyes like this. Truth.
December 9, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
Man I don’t know if anyone was in or around Athens GA in the late 90’s, but Nettles was co-leader of an incredible (non country) band called Soul Miner’s Daughter. Her and a dude traded lead vocals and harmonized like no one I’ve heard. They were one of the best things around and I got to see them live at the 40 Watt. Her voice, by the way, was about as “non-twangy” as you can get at that time. If anyone can find any of their old stuff online I highly recommend it. Too bad she doesn’t sing or write like that anymore. Still have their sticker on my guitar case actually! Their version of “Steamroller” (James Taylor) was stellar.
December 9, 2015 @ 1:02 pm
Actually here is a link to their album.
December 9, 2015 @ 1:12 pm
Nettles before the “twang” took over. Would have made one hell of a blues singer. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-sTd-gLz4VE
December 25, 2015 @ 7:19 pm
Don’t mince words. Is it any good or not?
Some Knuckle Head With Smartass Remarks
May 13, 2016 @ 8:55 pm
Oh god….This earworm. This god awful piece of audio has been stuck in my head for 3 DAMN DAYS and nothing has helped me get out of it. I’m in a musical hell.
Also, there’s a Beats by Dre ad in the video…..I really don’t need to explain that.
August 21, 2016 @ 9:43 am
I can’t believe nobody here can appreciate a song and video that are meant to be nothing but cute and silly. I loved her when she crossed her eyes. But then I’ve loved just about everything she’s ever sang. Her duet with Lionel Richie on the Tuskegee album is freakin’ incredible.
August 20, 2017 @ 5:48 pm
I have never liked her fake, overblown twang. The good news for the people killed at the Sugar land concert is it happened BEFORE the show.
February 5, 2018 @ 4:17 pm
I just listened to the youtube that Tim posted above and i still don’t like her voice. Her breathing and her tone are horrible. I feel like i’m listening to a dying cat. I just can’t listen to her. She needs to retire and find a new career.
January 2, 2023 @ 9:35 am
My first(and last ever)time seeing Sugarland live was at a Coors/Navy Fed/Mattress Firm/We Change our Sponsor Name Every 6 Months Amphitheater concert in San Diego around 2005. (Kenny Chesney was the headliner along with Gretchen Wilson and Pat Green……Chesney was off key/Gretchen ROCKED the house and stole the show) Nettles is to singing as Picasso is to art. She’s taken what can be a beautiful thing, and morphed it into something unrecognizable. Her vocals remind me of when I was kid; and I heard the cries of a neighborhood cat as it was being ripped apart by a Coyote in our back yard. For those of you who adore this caterwauling over-singer; her new CD: “Live Cat in a Blender” should be released soon.