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  • Summary: Singer-songwriters Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush make up the country music duo, and their fourth studio album is influenced by the "steampunk movement" in science fiction.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. As a project, The Incredible Machine succeeds big time, and may make these guys even less welcome to certain factions of Music Row as they continue to change the face of what is considered country.
  2. the bigger question with any record regardless of genre should always be is it good? And The Incredible Machine is very good indeed.
  3. Feb 3, 2011
    70
    Ultimately you have to admire the precision tooling, the cunningly-gauged parallel levels of bigness and blandness, the ruthlessness – the only-too-plausible machine.
  4. When having 15,000 fans wave their cell phones in the air goes from a nifty career aftereffect to the very reason for writing songs, it seems like something is amiss.
  5. The Incredible Machine is a collection of (mostly) competent if unremarkable songs, held together by slick -- often sterile -- production.
  6. Sugarland are ruthless in their desire to leave no radio-ready trick untried, but in the end it's too much machine, not enough heart.
  7. Feb 1, 2011
    20
    The downhome strum of "Stuck Like Glue" has a certain charm--at least until its horrific cod-dancehall break down--but fails to redeem a depressingly calculated record. [Mar 2011, p.101]

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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 14, 2011
    8
    This album is underrated. Most critics give this a low rating because it doesn't sound like country music. Well, I'm no critic, but I didn't know an album had to sound country to be good. This is Sugarland's fourth studio album and a great attempt at country/rock music. From opening to close, every song on here is enjoyable. Jennifer Nettles gives a great vocal performance on every track and every song feels different from the last. So tell me that the critics are right when this album has already gone platinum in the days when an album is lucky to go gold. Expand