That Girl (Deluxe Edition) by Jennifer Nettles on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

For her first solo album apart from Sugarland (the pop-country duo she’s ridden to superstardom), Jennifer Nettles recruits Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Slayer, Neil Diamond) to help surprise her fans. With his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music, Rubin helps capture the soul side of Nettles. The self-penned “Falling” comes closest to prime Sugarland country, but from the restrained “Me Without You” onward, it’s apparent that Rubin did his job. “Moneyball” counts off live as an electric piano starts the tune before the full band kicks in to swing Southern R&B. Strings and horns accentuate where necessary, while Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan (among the heralded crew) play to the precise needs of each song. Cowritten with Butch Walker (Pink, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer), the title track hits a convincing and catchy retro groove. “This Angel” is the requisite gorgeous ballad. Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock” starts as a gentle acoustic tune and ends as a ‘60s Stax Records soul workout. The deluxe edition adds two bonus songs: “His Hands” and “Every Little Thing.” 

EDITORS’ NOTES

For her first solo album apart from Sugarland (the pop-country duo she’s ridden to superstardom), Jennifer Nettles recruits Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Slayer, Neil Diamond) to help surprise her fans. With his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music, Rubin helps capture the soul side of Nettles. The self-penned “Falling” comes closest to prime Sugarland country, but from the restrained “Me Without You” onward, it’s apparent that Rubin did his job. “Moneyball” counts off live as an electric piano starts the tune before the full band kicks in to swing Southern R&B. Strings and horns accentuate where necessary, while Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan (among the heralded crew) play to the precise needs of each song. Cowritten with Butch Walker (Pink, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer), the title track hits a convincing and catchy retro groove. “This Angel” is the requisite gorgeous ballad. Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock” starts as a gentle acoustic tune and ends as a ‘60s Stax Records soul workout. The deluxe edition adds two bonus songs: “His Hands” and “Every Little Thing.” 

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About Jennifer Nettles

Singer and songwriter Jennifer Nettles is best known as half of the successful country-pop duo Sugarland with Kristian Bush. She was born in Georgia in 1974 and began singing in earnest at age four. As a teen she played in local bands. Her influences ranged from gospel and pop to classic rock and even grunge.

Nettles began her recording career as part of another duo, Soul Miner's Daughter, with songwriter Cory Jones. The pair recorded two albums: 1996's The Sacred and Profane and 1998's Hallelujah. They received widespread critical notice and their albums sold respectably. They played some major festival dates, including 1999's Lilith Fair.

After the band broke up, Nettles created her own band and recorded three solo albums: 2000's Story of Your Bones and 2002's Gravity: Drag Me Down and Rewind. The Jennifer Nettles Band's recordings received major market airplay, and at the debut Independent Music Awards, she received the award for Independent Artist of the Year.

In 2003, she co-founded Sugarland with Bush and songwriter Kristen Hall; the latter left after the group's 2004 debut album Twice the Speed of Life. After five studio albums and one live recording with Sugarland, Nettles took a break from the band, had a child, and recorded a solo album titled That Girl with producer Rick Rubin and an all-star cast. It was released in January of 2014, debuting at number one on Billboard's Country Albums chart and five on the Top 200. That Girl didn't produce any major hits -- the title track topped out at 37 -- and Nettles switched to Big Machine Records for 2016's Playing with Fire. Her first holiday-themed album, To Celebrate Christmas, arrived later that year. ~ Thom Jurek

  • ORIGIN
    Douglas, GA
  • BORN
    Sep 12, 1974

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