NPR’s Jewly Hight muses, “the duo has reunited for its fifth proper studio album, BIGGER, with the magnified bravado of a pop act mounting a comeback (see: the lead single). But the new set also represents a conscious scaling up of the perspectives that Bush and Nettles’ explore in their songs and honing of their awareness of how they come across to various audiences.”
The pair began with a simple meeting to see how their creative energies would mesh after six years apart and nearly 10 million albums sold domestically, seven No. 1 singles to date and more than 330 million on-demand streams. What resulted was a collection of songs that coupled familiar musical acrobatics alongside poignant lyrics and “[addressed] social crises in a grounded, unpretentious way” (NPR Music).
Sugarland’s empathetic view of the modern world resulted in tracks like “Tuesday’s Broken.” Commenting on the track, Hight says “they distilled parental concerns, horror at the rise of school shootings, the influence of Civil Rights activist Ruby Sayles and socially conscious Irish rock into the poignant ballad “Tuesday’s Broken,” borrowing Sayles’ inquiry into human pain: “Where does it hurt?”
Lyrics from the song pose:
What if we looked in his eyes and asked where does it hurt
Would he find all he was worth
Monday was hoping
But Tuesday’s broken