come anticipate Miranda Lambert's new double album The Weight of These Wings

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24 songs!

nomar, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 15:57 (six months ago) Permalink

i didn't know it was a double until a minute ago. *anticipates eagerly*

nomar, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 15:57 (six months ago) Permalink

It's good to excellent.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 15:59 (six months ago) Permalink

She put most of the good ones on the first disc though.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 15:59 (six months ago) Permalink

this is her first one to be released on vinyl i think?

nomar, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 16:23 (six months ago) Permalink

She put most of the good ones on the first disc though.

so all of the excellent ones are on disc two?

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 16:48 (six months ago) Permalink

lol – good catch

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 16:50 (six months ago) Permalink

reminds me of Iris DeMent's Lifeline.

gross font.

evol j, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 18:40 (six months ago) Permalink

of the songs released so far i like how weird and understated the sound of "highway vagabond" is

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 4 November 2016 15:06 (six months ago) Permalink

feel like i'm gonna miss the overdriven guitar tone on platinum which imo is how guitars should always sound

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 4 November 2016 15:07 (six months ago) Permalink

'platinum' is just the greatest, one of my frequent rotation albums of the past decade.

nomar, Friday, 4 November 2016 15:25 (six months ago) Permalink

For the first time she sounds like she has a band: a group she's playing with who understand her material and to whom she's giving orders or sugestions, i.e. "Miranda Lambert and the..."

There's a track called "Things That Break” whose guitars glisten like '88-era Lucinda Williams and is among the best hooks she's ever sung.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 November 2016 16:27 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah that's what i noticed about "keeper of the flame," it's a straightforward song with a v sensitive band-oriented arrangement

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 4 November 2016 16:30 (six months ago) Permalink

this album

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 14:41 (six months ago) Permalink

Seems like a treasure trove on first listen

art baengels (monotony), Friday, 18 November 2016 03:00 (six months ago) Permalink

well goddamn

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 18 November 2016 13:09 (six months ago) Permalink

i wasn't ready for this record and i wasn't ready at all for how awesome is 'smoking jacket'.

Nourry, Friday, 18 November 2016 15:51 (six months ago) Permalink

this album

― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:41 AM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^

kruezer2, Friday, 18 November 2016 17:14 (six months ago) Permalink

i really like platinum (& crazy ex-girlfriend, & on & on), but this album is my favourite vs. the others already after 2 days. Maybe this album has just hit me at the right time and I am sure i will regret saying this later when i get tired of it, but god damn.

kruezer2, Friday, 18 November 2016 17:24 (six months ago) Permalink

PINK SUNGLASSES

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 November 2016 17:39 (six months ago) Permalink

PINK SUNGLASSES

― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, November 18, 2016 12:39 PM (twenty-one minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah, i don't know what it is exactly but pink sunglasses is a great example of writing what should be a novelty tune based on the idea of it, but just isn't when you actually listen to it, yet if you listen closer it is, and if you listen closer than that it isn't, i don't know, but i don't know how it works.

for the birds sounds vaguely like gordon lightfoot and for that i love it.

you mentioned things that break upthread, the first 15 seconds should be how every country song starts from now on

i thought pushin time would be horrible just based on the idea of it, i even considered just skipping it the first time thru, but its also brilliant.

also tin-man, again, how does this song pull it off? awesome.

kruezer2, Friday, 18 November 2016 18:16 (six months ago) Permalink

i hate how that (fine) new yorker review's print headline was "pink lemonade"

maura, Friday, 18 November 2016 18:29 (six months ago) Permalink

legit lol at the intro to "Bad Boy"

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 18 November 2016 18:53 (six months ago) Permalink

i also really love how you could tack i've got wheels onto the end of Honky Tonk Heroes and The Woman in Me and it wouldn't feel out of place. I listened to it between The Woman in Me & Lubbock (On Everything) last night while i cleaned the house and it fight right in.

trying hard not to say a brand new album feels timeless cause i hate that, but what the hell

kruezer2, Friday, 18 November 2016 19:05 (six months ago) Permalink

This is one of the better anythings I've heard in a while. Sort of the album several of her genre contemporaries have come close to making but just fallen short of, imo. Aesthetically it's often got as much if not more in common with indie singer-songwriter as it does country, mainstream or otherwise. From song one it feels pretty major, and like the best double (or more) albums the minor songs make it even better. Love it.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 19 November 2016 16:22 (six months ago) Permalink

this is gonna be a nightmare to poll

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 19 November 2016 16:49 (six months ago) Permalink

Indie singer-songwriters would amputate a limb for her humor and vivacity though.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 19 November 2016 17:26 (six months ago) Permalink

There are indie songwriters I find superior in one way or another but yeah, that's a tough combo to come by, and is especially refreshing with such rich accompaniment.

I would ditch a couple songs here, though, which is an inevitability given the bounty. I'd start with "For the Birds."

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 19 November 2016 17:59 (six months ago) Permalink

idk if i'd cut any songs

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 19 November 2016 22:24 (six months ago) Permalink

the overall weatherbeaten but still glimmering through the layer of dust sound of this thing

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 19 November 2016 23:26 (six months ago) Permalink

also feel like it's her most low-key album since revolution

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 19 November 2016 23:29 (six months ago) Permalink

Still absorbing this record. Doesn't seem as hooky as her previous albums, but it feels like her most personal. Nearly every song was written or co-written by Lambert, with a bunch of co-writes from longtime collaborator Natalie Hemby. Nice to see Liz Rose's name pop up, too.

Agree with Alfred that the "band" has never sounded more integrated. Some interesting choices made with vocal recordings here that I'm still digesting. "Highway Vagabond" reminds me so much of "Fine Tune"--second song on the album, rough and ragged vocal, and the overall swagger of the thing.

"Smoking Jacket" is an early favorite. That line "I want a man who's heart is tragic/ But he makes his magic every night on me"...

Indexed, Monday, 21 November 2016 15:59 (six months ago) Permalink

what an amazing album this is

for a double album in the era of consumption ADHD which prioritises immediacy so much less than her previous work, this sure didn't take much time for every single song to feel distinct and necessary. in fact length apart it's basically an impeccably fat-free, perfectly edited work!

every single mention of the word "heart" is a bit upsetting

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:54 (six months ago) Permalink

I love the little production touches that support the songs, like the slightly overexposed vocal on "Ugly Lights"

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:58 (six months ago) Permalink

I don't need to hear "Dear Old Sun" and "Tin Man" again. The other OK tracks on the second disc form part of the texture of the thing.

This is the most pleasurable double album I've heard in years.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:58 (six months ago) Permalink

one time through disc one and "good to excellent" seems about right

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:16 (six months ago) Permalink

"I want a man who's heart is tragic/ But he makes his magic every night on me"...

awful

Wimmels, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 02:59 (six months ago) Permalink

I think "Use My Heart" is the one that speaks to me most. Love that stray distortion under the first iteration of the title.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 24 November 2016 01:33 (six months ago) Permalink

my bday gift was the triple LP vinyl of this, listening to this currently as we prep the turkey

nomar, Thursday, 24 November 2016 18:37 (six months ago) Permalink

what a great album

always been fonder of the vibe of revolution than crazy ex-girlfriend even if it's hard to argue for the former song-by-song so rly glad she's embracing her roadshow sprawl. stuff like "smoking jacket" is gorgeously confident in how far back it lays. and i wasn't a big four the record fan but yeah rly glad she's kept on playing w the great texture of "fine tune".

I don't need to hear "Dear Old Sun" and "Tin Man" again.

not a fan of "dear old sun" as far as i can so far tell but legit like embarrassed by my response to the gimmick of "tin man": it's the song on the album that KILLS me like it was "bathroom sink" only instead of being this ambitious multilayered timelapse epic it's just a formal joke like a stephin merritt tossoff. love technocratic pop writing tho and she sings it terrifically.

difficult listening hour, Friday, 25 November 2016 20:36 (six months ago) Permalink

the wordless chorus of "tin man" is so gorgeous that i don't mind the lyric

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 26 November 2016 22:54 (six months ago) Permalink

predictably this is a great road trip album

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 26 November 2016 23:03 (six months ago) Permalink

The first half ending with "Use My Heart" and the second half opening with "Tin Man" is a kind of heartbreaking core of the album

lex pretend, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:58 (six months ago) Permalink

Ahhhhhh this album is so good.

Tim F, Wednesday, 30 November 2016 21:27 (five months ago) Permalink

I was sure I was going to dislike "Pink Sunglasses' but then that "$9.99" part in the chorus happened.

Wimmels, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 17:37 (five months ago) Permalink

The first half ending with "Use My Heart" and the second half opening with "Tin Man"

I feel like such a dope for not noticing this

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 17:39 (five months ago) Permalink

excited to spin this!!

surm, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 18:30 (five months ago) Permalink

I look forward to listening to this record when it's not on.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 18:31 (five months ago) Permalink

i basically love every song on this album except covered wagon

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 03:26 (five months ago) Permalink

I was listening to it in the shower this morning -- the chorus is a jam imo

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 03:27 (five months ago) Permalink

all those end of year lists that were compiled before this album came out need a do-over.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:08 (five months ago) Permalink

always been fonder of the vibe of revolution than crazy ex-girlfriend even if it's hard to argue for the former song-by-song

same here and this definitely feels more like a return to that Revolution vibe

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:15 (five months ago) Permalink

damn 12 years since Kerosene. what other country singers have had that kinda run recently?

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:19 (five months ago) Permalink

After hearing Vice, I wasn't expecting much with this record, but it's really good!

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:24 (five months ago) Permalink

i love vice!!!

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:28 (five months ago) Permalink

I've come around to liking Vice in the context of the album, but at first it sounded uneventful to me.

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:49 (five months ago) Permalink

"Runnin' Just in Case" is fantastic

That's when I fired off my 2 Tweets to Dr. Phil (crüt), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:20 (five months ago) Permalink

"Vice" was the first song of hers that I heard and was floored

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:22 (five months ago) Permalink

she has a lot of songs about broken-hearted ppl driving aimlessly on the highways i appreciate that

That's when I fired off my 2 Tweets to Dr. Phil (crüt), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:31 (five months ago) Permalink

"vice" floors me now but for some reason didn't as a single

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:57 (five months ago) Permalink

'vice' is a lot better as a kickoff tune than 'automatic' was, though in the context of 'platinum' i came around on the latter a bit more (it's still the single not-great song from that album though)

nomar, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:04 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah the weird thing is "vice" also strikes me as the obvious lead single and standout but when it was actually a single i enjoyed it but didn't really cane it like i'm doing now

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:06 (five months ago) Permalink

"Somethin' Bad" is exactly that xpost

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:08 (five months ago) Permalink

🤔 I guess that one too

nomar, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:16 (five months ago) Permalink

should have a platinum poll. we're actually getting close to her having enough songs for one of these artist polls or a listen thread

nomar, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 19:46 (five months ago) Permalink

there's nothing wrong with "somethin bad"

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 21:51 (five months ago) Permalink

Platinum was my favorite album of 2014, and while I won't change my ranking its flaws grate on me more than ever: the dismissal of loose, catty women using loose, catty terms; the facile gestures towards an imagined past of awesome VCRs or something; the neither-here-nor-thereness of "Somethin' Bad." What I love about TWOTW is how she's past this nonsense -- she figured out what she wants to say and whom to hire so she can say it. Maybe the road as controlling metaphor liberated her songwriting.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 21:58 (five months ago) Permalink

"neither-here-nor-thereness"?

i mean, it's a flippant song that knows it's throwaway, and you definitely don't get that on the new one...

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 22:02 (five months ago) Permalink

she figured out what she wants to say and whom to hire so she can say it.

talk about damning with faint praise

Wimmels, Thursday, 8 December 2016 01:53 (five months ago) Permalink

WHAT

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 December 2016 03:09 (five months ago) Permalink

I don't get that at all

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 December 2016 04:53 (five months ago) Permalink

Isn't that one of the reasons everyone loves Beyonce?

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 8 December 2016 11:52 (five months ago) Permalink

just wanted to link a couple of rly good pieces of writing about this

http://www.mtv.com/news/2957832/miranda-lambert-weight-wings-review/

http://www.vulture.com/2016/11/album-review-miranda-lamberts-wings.html

lex pretend, Thursday, 15 December 2016 19:26 (five months ago) Permalink

I love Jewly Hight

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 December 2016 19:28 (five months ago) Permalink

I was sure I was going to dislike "Pink Sunglasses' but then that "$9.99" part in the chorus happened.

― Wimmels, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:37 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

assuming no abrupt neocommunist revolution before new years, this was the best part of 2016

difficult listening hour, Friday, 16 December 2016 08:11 (five months ago) Permalink

also that's a steal for polarized ones imo

difficult listening hour, Friday, 16 December 2016 08:15 (five months ago) Permalink

which is why it's right that it's the most ecstatic part of the song

difficult listening hour, Friday, 16 December 2016 08:17 (five months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

"To Learn Her" is like some lost country gem

Heez, Monday, 9 January 2017 06:00 (four months ago) Permalink

can't get over how good this album is

Heez, Monday, 9 January 2017 06:01 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Album of the Year winner at ACM last night. I'm fairly confident thinking it's her best album -- I listen to it at least three or four times a month.

I updated a quick best-of playlist I assembled last year.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 01:43 (one month ago) Permalink

i like it but i generally struggle with long albums. i should return to it tho.

dyl, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 15:11 (one month ago) Permalink

"Ugly Lights," guys

horseshoe, Friday, 14 April 2017 19:15 (one month ago) Permalink

I was in my brother-in-law's truck this morning while he switched through various pop-country stations and "Tin Man" came on, sounding utterly unlike anything else that popped up

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 15 April 2017 18:09 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm really glad her label's giving that one a chance on the radio

people reacted really strongly to her performing it on the acm awards

dyl, Saturday, 15 April 2017 19:53 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah the clearchannel dweeb doing the countdown thing mentioned that specifically

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 15 April 2017 23:11 (one month ago) Permalink

been coming back to "use my heart" a lot recently

Heez, Sunday, 16 April 2017 02:42 (one month ago) Permalink


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