Love on the Inside

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Bob Smithouser
Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

Singer Jennifer Nettles wants to ease her man’s pain on “Fall Into Me” (“I wanna be the one you reach for first”). She ponders where “Love” can be found—from a child’s face to a cross— and suggests that it dwells mostly within relationships. Elsewhere, a woman rummages through a box of bittersweet photographic memories (“Very Last Country Song”). It’s great to hear Nettles taking life’s trials in stride, but …

Objectionable Content

She ruins things with a coy “shhh” just before the title line of “It Happens.” A woman repeats her mom’s romantic miscues (“Already Gone”), while another gives in to a forbidden tryst because “doing what you shouldn’t is half the fun” (“We Run”). “What I’d Give” and “Come On Get Higher” also involve physical intimacy, while a mournful ode to a love named “Genevieve” sounds a bit awkward sung by another female. A tired person ignoring calls from the office wants a “degree in intoxication” that will “inspire a whole generation” (“Operation: Working Vacation”). “Take Me As I Am” includes a mild profanity.

Summary Advisory

Some noble messages, but Nettles and bandmate Kristian Bush like to speak through characters in ambiguous situations. That can create moral ambiguity as well, particularly in romantic relationships.

Bob Smithouser
Bob Waliszewski
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