Enjoy the Ride

Genre: Country; Producer (group): Mercury Nashville

Since we last heard from Sugarland, the Georgia trio has become a duo, shedding founding member Kristen Hall. They’ve lost the lustrous three-part harmonies of their 2004 debut, but the emphasis is now on their best asset, frontwoman Jennifer Nettles’ gale-force voice. Enjoy the Ride is a bid for megastardom, a cause aided by producer Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw), who crafts a lean, rock-tinged country sound. But Nettles hardly needs help — her powerhouse performances on ballads like ”Want To” will strike fear in the heart of many a Nashville diva.

Originally posted November 3 2006 — 12:00 AM EST

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