Happy New Album Day! Kristian tells you about his release day tradition

Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Every time I release an album -- and this superstition/tradition has been a part of release day for me since I was a teenager making music -- I make it a point to go buy a copy of my album at the record store wherever I am, peel off the plastic in the parking lot, put it in my car stereo, and drive around listening to the whole thing.

I remember buying Love on the Inside in Atlanta and then driving without a destination and ending up almost in Athens after 18 songs before I realized what road I had taken. It was a big turn from Enjoy the Ride: That one I never made it out of the parking lot. I was so excited I just listened and read the lyrics and liner notes with my car in idle.

In a lot of ways, release day is the moment where the album becomes real, like a birthday. Release day is the album's first breath and introduction to the world. From that day forward, these songs and recordings go out on their own into other people's lives.

I will get in a car Tuesday and drive around, windows down, letting the breeze of fall mix with the sound from the speakers, and for an hour get lost again in these melodies and rhythms and words and strings. From that moment on, The Incredible Machine isn't ours anymore. It belongs to all of you.

- Kristian

Did you buy The Incredible Machine today? Did you hit your local record store at midnight? Did you receive it in the mail as a preorder? Did you download it from iTunes? Tell us the story of what happened when YOU peeled off the (metaphorical) plastic!

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  1. pendow avatar

    On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 11:53 PM, pendow said:

    I purchased the cd at 8:00 a.m. on tuesday from Target where I work. Went on break from work and right out to the car and listen to the first three songs. Went back into work decided that I needed to take an early lunch went right back out to the car and listen to some more. Then went back into to work with the Cd this time and played it in the work computers and drove everyone crazy because I was singing along and dancing! Needless to say did not get much work done on Tuesday! I just wish that Kristian would maybe sing more often by hisself because he has an unique voice.

  2. dumblebee avatar

    On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 4:28 PM, dumblebee said:

    I went a bought a copy of the CD yesterday and listened to it VERY loud throughout my errands. I'm almost home I'm on the 10th track "Wide Open" and low and behold the CD starts skipping. So, after I got home (I live in the country where I can't just go exchange it) I try it on my computer and it does it again......What a disappointment......It's kinda like watching a movie and then the disk is scratched and you don't get to see the ending. Hopefully, soon I will be able to make it back into town and exchange it. What a wonderful album and collection of songs so, I'm sure the last two won't disappoint. It's always been very rare for me to buy a CD that I have LOVED every song.......this one has to be my favorite out of all the CD's I have collected over many years. Thanks for such beautiful, touching, loving, and truthful songs!

  3. BurningChrome avatar

    On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 3:00 AM, BurningChrome said:

    much like you kristian, i listen to the album and read the liner notes...it helps to inform me of the entirety of the record...those who poured their love and magic into it...and those who supported them in the doing...you can't truly know an album w/o reading the liner notes...
    thanks to you and jenn for making yet another brilliant album...i look forward to seeing y'all on the road again soon and to many more albums--with liner notes--in the future...peace.

  4. AmandaE avatar

    On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:29 AM, AmandaE said:

    After a long day at work on Tuesday, I came home to find my copy of the Incredible Machine sitting on the counter. After tearing off the plastic, I held the album for a while, feeling the edges and the texture. I breathed it in and hugged it close to my heart, so happy that it was mine. I put off listening to it for a while, letting the anticipation build a little more. When I could stand it no more (about 10 minutes later :)), I listened to it. I turned it up, drowning out the world and my worries for the hour. I smiled, I laughed, and I cried my eyes out by the end. It's incredibly beautiful.

  5. ThisHorseLife12 avatar

    On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:27 AM, ThisHorseLife12 said:

    I pre-ordered it from Amazon and on October 17th, I decided to check Amazon's tracking, and I see next to status: DELIVERED TO {Insert City Here} ON OCTOBER 17th, 2010 AT {INSERT TIME HERE}. So, of course, I ran down to my mail box (seriously, all 600 feet there and back!!!) to get it. Got in the house, tore the packaging off, carefully removed the plastic and put it in my computer, grabbed the lyric booklet, and became absorbed in it. Then, I watched the DVD. When you hear Jennifer and Kristian's voices, and see them on stage, it's amazing! Your heart speeds up, you adrenaline goes high, and you're instantly hooked! It's like a high, but a high of music. They are such a talented and awesome duo, who I hope will continue to make inspiring music. Thank you, Miss Jennifer and Mr. Kristian for the wonderful music. God Bless! Megan [email protected]

  6. Nette1724 avatar

    On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 1:26 AM, Nette1724 said:

    I pre-order it and cae home from work to find it on my doorstep on Monday. As soon as I got it I opened it up and watched the DVD while hanging up the poster. Right after that was over I put the CD in and haven't stopped lessoning to it yet. I think it's great! You guys are amazing. Keep up the great work and I can't wait to see you next year, I' bring my 9 year old son this time. He has a crush on Jennifer, it's so cute.

  7. Bseymour9476 avatar

    On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM, Bseymour9476 said:

    Ok so I was up a little early yesterday so I could get to Walmart to get the new album. My aunt suffered a massive stroke on Saturday 10/16 and I was on my way to Athens Ga to ARMC hospital to be witht the family. So I ran into our local Walmart and guess what!!! They DIDNT have it! (which was a blessing...I will explain) So I was totally bummed out. I was hoping to check out the cd on the 35 minute drive to Athens. Well during the course of the visit with my aunt and the rest of the family, we had to make some hard decisions for her. We took her off the ventilator which was ok she still sustained her breathing well. The next decision was the hardest which was to move her to the Hospice floor. Which is where they keep you comfortable until you die. So as you can imagine October 19th was turning out to be an all around sucky day. Well I stayed at the hospital as long as I could until I had to get back to Elberton (home). I ran by another Walmart there in Athens and finally got the Incrediable Machine. It was totally helping me get my mind off of previous events. Well I was nearly home and the last song Shine the Light played. There could have not been a more perfect time for me for that song to play. I lifted me up and gave me hope. Thank you Sugarland for being there right on time! Love you guys!

  8. emilymevans avatar

    On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 8:15 PM, emilymevans said:

    First, I did the digital pre-order at the Southaven show. Then, I had to do the online pre-order. I got my online pre-order the day before it came out, which was awesome! Then, I of course had to have the iTunes living liner notes :) Love, Love, Love the entire album!! "Every Girl Like Me" is such a fun song! "Shine the Light" is definitely heart wrenching and I really liked seeing the living liner notes ... definitely made me shed a few tears.

  9. KimMcKenna avatar

    On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 7:07 PM, KimMcKenna said:

    I also bought the Deluxe CD from Target - HOWEVER, my cd player in my Tahoe doesn't work - so I had to wait until I got home to listen to the magic. BUT - I did tear off the plastic and sit in the parking lot and read the liner notes. One of the reasons I will always buy the tangible CD - is that personalization you guys add, as well as the photos. After spending the night before watching the AmEx special (twice), and seeing you in Detroit in September - I had a good idea of what I was getting - but you guys just always under promise and over deliver! :) xoxox Sugarland is a GREAT place to be! Thanks for being true!

  10. Sugarlandfan2010 avatar

    On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Sugarlandfan2010 said:

    I spent my entire day at work Tuesday listening to it, instead of working of course! I absolutely love it. It is such an inspiration. With every single song I have been able to relate it to myself, and I definitely have yet another Sugarland CD to pop in for whatever mood I'm having on any particular day. Thanks Jennifer and Kristian for making music that really matters and that can be related to!--Heather

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