by John Tarpley
How in the name of Megachurch Jesus can two people make music so sickly sweet and so eggshell bland all at once? If you like your country music factory-made with extra layers of dull-eyed plainness, you're not going to miss out on Sugarland, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning, No. 1 single-manufacturing duo. The band's 2004 debut, "Twice the Speed of Life," sold a trijillion copies and set the Atlanta singer/songwriters on the fast track to big-time nu-country megastardom.
Since, Sugarland has released three more enormously successful records, a healthy spray of chart-topping singles and, in one of the craziest live collaborations in memory, buddied up with The B-52s during the 2009 CMT Music Awards for a cover of "Love Shack." The same year, the group put a stop to the great Brooks & Dunn's nine-year run as the Academy of Country Music's best vocal duo award winners. But you have to credit the band for writing the bulk of its own songs: That's an admirable feat that becomes more and more of a rarity in Nashville every year.
Take a look: "All I Want to Do" live at the 2008 CMAs