DIARY - 11 JANUARY 2010 - MIRANDA LAMBERT CD REVIEW
MIRANDA MAINTAINS THE PAIN
a bullet in my radio/ something just hit me funny, I don't know/ just
pulled the trigger going down the road/ you slammed the door and knocked
me off the wire." - Maintain The Pain - Miranda Lambert.
Miranda Lambert kicked off her fourth album with White Liar -
a song about cheating and revenge - she was shooting from the family
Her guitarist dad Rick once nailed bad dudes in former careers as
a Dallas undercover narcotics cop and private detective.
Although the Texan revels in public persona as a feisty fraulein she
keeps her powder dry until she puts a bullet in her car radio in Maintain
She also ignites rage in Canadian Fred Eaglesmith's Time To Get
A Gun and Sin For A Sin - penned with long time Oklahoma
partner Blake Shelton.
But the singer is not a bucolic Belle Star hell-bent on shooting out
At 25 the
singer is sharp enough to inject her songs with equal doses of small town
charm, big city swagger and plentiful pathos.
in Only Prettier - one of four collaborations with Natalie Hemby
- spreads her rural roughage from behind a mask and tills faded love with
a floral metaphor in Dead Flowers.
The latter song exploits the imagery of expired Christmas lights and Valentine's
It's a stark contrast to male addiction to love in Me And Your Cigarettes
- penned with Shelton and prolific songsmith Ashley Monroe, occasional
collaborator with fellow fireball Catherine Britt.
The hapless male's mama warns him he is a slave to his female partner
just like his nicotine crutch.
times I wished I lived in an Airstream/ homemade curtains, lived just
like a gypsy/ break a heart, roll out of town/ cause gypsies never get
tied down." - Airstream Song - Miranda Lambert-Natalie Hemby.
producers Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke employ strategic sequencing mid-way
through the 15-song album.
They pair the wanderlust of Airstream Song with the sweet shelter
of the loving arms of her character's partner in Makin' Plans.
Then a trifecta of covers - Time To Get A Gun, Julie Miller's demonic
Somewhere Trouble Don't Go and narcotic nostalgia of returning
to the embryonic home in The House That Built Me by seasoned songsmiths
Tom Douglas and Allan Shamblin.
One suspects that's a future single, replete with heart wrenching video
Now back to sequencing.
Love Song - penned with Shelton and Lady Antebellum alumni Dave
Haywood and Charles Kelley - finds the female lead a considerate partner.
But the tattooed temptress in Heart Like Mine - a sibling perhaps
to the character in Only Prettier - is a good old girl with paternal
love rising above fondness for booze.
Sure, the character's brother has the family intellect but the patriarch
practices his own brand of Christianity with equal love for both offspring.
"I heard Jesus, he drank wine/ and I'd bet we'd get on just fine."
vividly what that vision did to me/ you laying with her in our bed/ love
can be a tragedy when you do what you did to me/ all I'm seeing now is
red." - Sin For A Sin - Miranda Lambert-Blake Shelton.
For A Sin is the sibling of White Liar where revenge is
the chosen antidote.
But hang on - the sinned against reaches for another Christianity
clutch before the temptation of summary justice.
Guns and knives are holstered as the victim seeks another bloodless
"Bible told me to forgive all those who trespass against/ tread
their feet on sacred ground/ bad things come with consequence/ what
feels good hurts in the end."
character has second thoughts before pulling the trigger for a sweet segue
into John Prine's whimsical That's The Way That The World Goes Around.
Bluebell - a positive paean about rising above self doubt - is a fitting
finale for a disc that sprouts on the vine.
Lambert now has the chart clout to attract harmony singers diverse as
Shelton, Buddy Miller, Randy Scruggs, Ashley Monroe, Charles Kelley and
Chris Stapleton of The Steeldrivers.
But who will accompany her here on her belated tour - maybe in 2011?
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