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

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24 songs!

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nomar, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 15:57 (five years ago) link

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

nomar, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 15:57 (five years ago) link

It's good to excellent.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 15:59 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

nomar, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 16:23 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

lol – good catch

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 16:50 (five years ago) link

reminds me of Iris DeMent's Lifeline.

gross font.

evol j, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 18:40 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

nomar, Friday, 4 November 2016 15:25 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

this album

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 14:41 (five years ago) link

Seems like a treasure trove on first listen

art baengels (monotony), Friday, 18 November 2016 03:00 (five years ago) link

well goddamn

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 18 November 2016 13:09 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

PINK SUNGLASSES

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 November 2016 17:39 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

maura, Friday, 18 November 2016 18:29 (five years ago) link

legit lol at the intro to "Bad Boy"

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 18 November 2016 18:53 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

this is gonna be a nightmare to poll

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 19 November 2016 16:49 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

idk if i'd cut any songs

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 19 November 2016 22:24 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

"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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

predictably this is a great road trip album

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 26 November 2016 23:03 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

Ahhhhhh this album is so good.

Tim F, Wednesday, 30 November 2016 21:27 (five years ago) link

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 years ago) link

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 years ago) link

excited to spin this!!

surm, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 18:30 (five years ago) link

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 years ago) link

To me, their voices not blending is sort of part of the charm, but I get the critique.

mosh pit insurance agent (morrisp), Thursday, 15 September 2022 00:26 (two weeks ago) link

wait, i'm not much of a lyrics person ... what are the problematic cultural signifiers on Marfa Tapes?

alpine static, Thursday, 15 September 2022 00:29 (two weeks ago) link

oh sorry, xp ... should've read the "posted since" more closely

alpine static, Thursday, 15 September 2022 00:29 (two weeks ago) link

I respect The Marfa Tapes as demos for Palomino but I haven't listened to it since May 2021 and probably won't go back.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 September 2022 00:35 (two weeks ago) link

marfa tape - surely technically imperfect campfire harmonies are the whole point imo? the crackle of the fire or the wind in the microphone, shuffles & sniffles all part of the vibe

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 September 2022 00:54 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, its twilight-to-evening presence sneaks up on me every time, like a great one-off bootleg---think I'll scoop up that and all the Pistol Annies albums, incl. the xmas, and my imaginary friend The Great Lost Pistol Annies Album, from their solo joints etc.---and go tottering off---

dow, Thursday, 15 September 2022 02:08 (two weeks ago) link

But OK speaking of solo joints here are some, from my Nash Scene ballots, show previews etc over the years:

Miranda Lambert
Thursday @Celeste
When tiny blonde Miranda Lambert scored her first country hit by applying “Kerosene” to a cheatin’ boyfriend, the even-cuter-when-she’s mad factor promised to get out of hand. But ”Kerosene,” “Gunpowder And Lead” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” gain more credibility as album tracks: tabloid-fueled or not, they’re as truly expressive as any other pages from the diary of a frustrated, sleeplessly dreaming small-town girl. Speaking of fuel, be sure to check the re-run of Lambert’s “Austin City Limits” set, where she and her band leave the somewhut more jaded or just plain tahred Gretchen Wilson’s crew in the dust.

Miranda Lambert
Friday @ Nationwide Arena

Young country star Miranda Lambert’s current album, “Revolution”, cranks up and orbits old folk star John Prine’s “That’s The Way The World Goes Round.” She’s found her own sharp-eyed stoicism, just naturally igniting when rubbed the wrong way too hard. Some say she rocks too hard for country, but Lambert’s “Only Prettier” draws on the droll, drawled comic zingers of honky tonk, and she thoughtfully, tunefully re-affirms her roots. It helps that her father’s an ace guitar picker, and both parents are also private detectives, specializing in marital disputes.

Miranda Lambert, Platinum: The winter of her discontent, and not just a diva's hissy fit. Oh yeah, when she stresses about being upstaged by her big loud stupid TV star husband (as if trying to maintain your hard-won status as a female star in NashVegas---having started as third-place finalist on TV's historic Nashville Star, then: gaining foothold via persona of cute-when-she's mad, eggsy gun-freak/pyro---now: vs. electro-bro chart toppers wasn't enough) we're perfectly cued to respond, "Oh no, Miranda, you're Elvis, he's Priscilla!" But she manages even that obvious move really well, ditto sassing us 'bout can't have a ride in my little red wagon---cause it's ALL MESSED UP. That's the way she really feels, pretty sure; she's not just playing hard to get, she is hard to get, hard to get a grip on, hard to accept, in her own view. Which is also true in the hinge track (getting even more relatable, as the kids say), where she doesn't wanna catch herself in the mirror, maybe looking like her Momma, the loved opponent who taught her to clean up this "Bathroom Sink," this microcosm of messy life itself. But she does go out with Little Big Town, getting relatable as hell on the bro and sis Saturday night parking lot circuit: "Smokin' and drinkin thinkin' bout the one that GOT AWAY," hell yeah, damn! Overall, the country equivalent of Beyonce's s/t Platinum Edition.

Prob be some argument, but to me, for now (especially with some of the guitars on relative mainstreamer Miranda Lambert's The Weight of These Wings is not that far from the more consistently "out" sounds of Lucinda Williams and cookin' E. Cook), this is a country album: the pitch and cadence of her voice, the turns of phrases, as written and sung, guide and shadow the grooves, bringing out the bluesy elements of crossroads sounds, without trying to pretend they're pre-digital; the subject matter, layers of atmospheric consistency---the fixations of an addict, recovering enough for perspective on same---though getting the fix, "getting straight," as they used to say, can provide enough detachment for moments of insight even inside the thing, as "Dharma Gate" and others suggest---all merge with certain classic themes of country, even if she's not meditating on a shot glass all of the time.

From a later online discussion:
Going for what I called her "sonic grid"---that dark, spare, hard-edged but flexible framework for the throughline of her narrative themes---has some of the same appeal as Stapleton and Eric Church's recent albums, something of a Jamey Johnson atmosphere too, but I doubt that she expects as much radio play as they've gotten. The main challenge is writing about this stuff at all, without becoming too dependent on lurid imagery or therapyspeak, or seeming evasive. Her current solution seems to be just to begin in the middle, to tell it like she might have told it then, in her most self-aware, lucid and candid moments. And maybe she's still in the middle of it, for all we know--but I have the impression (because the self-awareness etc is so sustained here) that she's been through some kind of therapy, with whatever lapses experienced or still possible, and of course the idea is to know yourself to be a recovering addict, present tense, no matter how long you've been sober. So, while these songs may not be the deepest, as Edd Hurt prev. mentioned, this is how far she's gotten writing-wise (with anything she'd want to show us now, at least).

dow, Thursday, 15 September 2022 02:41 (two weeks ago) link

Sorry! I was hewing too close to Ctrl + Search in the personal archive, so that Weight mention was really just in the middle of scribble about Elizabeth Cook's also badass Exodus of Venus.

dow, Thursday, 15 September 2022 02:48 (two weeks ago) link

Ctrl + F search, that is.

dow, Thursday, 15 September 2022 02:49 (two weeks ago) link

... and same writer has an interview with Miranda out today: https://www.vulture.com/2022/09/miranda-lambert-vegas-best-worst-music.html

that's not my post, Thursday, 15 September 2022 05:00 (two weeks ago) link

i love this

I, for a while, did this set where I would end with a fiery one and then go down and do a couple ballads, like “House That Built Me” and “Dark Bars.” I had to switch it, because I would do “Mama’s” before “House That Built Me,” and always girls would start fighting in the front row, and then they’d still be fighting through my ballad. And I’m like, All right, we’re going to have to put “House That Built Me” somewhere else because they don’t get over it quick enough.

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 September 2022 05:13 (two weeks ago) link

she’s right that “dead flowers” is one of her best songs

J0rdan S., Thursday, 15 September 2022 05:29 (two weeks ago) link

i love it so much

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 September 2022 05:36 (two weeks ago) link

Also I love this bit about "The House That Built Me":

"I’m so thankful for that song. I sing it every night and I watch people cry. I cry once a tour, at least — especially if I’m playing in Dallas, because my family’s there. I think any songwriter that you ask right now, they have that on their top-ten list of songs they wish they’d written. It’s just so vivid, and parts of it are part of all of our childhood. But my guitar player for so long, who I lost this year, Scotty Wray — the first time he heard it, I was saying, “Isn’t this just everyone’s story?” He goes, “No. I wish I had that house. I wish that was my story.” I’d never thought about it like that. There’s a whole different meaning when you listen to it from someone that didn’t have that. It made me cry when he said that. I think that’s the power of “The House That Built Me.” It brings out so much emotion."

Tim F, Thursday, 15 September 2022 07:41 (two weeks ago) link

To think she didn't enjoy a country smash until 2010 and "The House That Built Me." Radio didn't know what to do with her.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 September 2022 12:01 (two weeks ago) link

I wrote here at the time that Revolution side one was her most rockin' side ever.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 September 2022 12:04 (two weeks ago) link

good list, jon_oh! Here's mine today - no doubt it'll be a bit different tomorrow.

Tier 1
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Platinum
The Weight of These Wings
Hell on Heels
Kerosene

Tier 2
Wildcard
Palomino
The Marfa Tapes
Interstate Gospel
Revolution

Tier 3
Annie Up
Four The Record

Indexed, Thursday, 15 September 2022 14:17 (two weeks ago) link

Re: Cultural signifiers

Yeah, "Tequila Does," coupled with some interviews she did around the same time in which she had some tone-deaf responses about being a white woman opening a Tex-Mex restaurant / tequila bar. She's shown great allyship on LGBTQ+ issues, but she really didn't seem to get it when it came to cultural appropriation. I believe Dr. Amanda Martinez, whose work is essential in the country space, did some writing about it that explains it more authoritatively.

Re: Marfa

Still a great album, for sure: Check the **** ratings for albums (9) and above in my rankdown, and those rankings are always in flux depending on what I've listened to most recently. I just don't think the actual vocal timbres of their three voices make a pleasant sound when they sing together (I also think Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks sound horrible together, so...), in a way that detracts at least somewhat from my enjoyment of the album.

jon_oh, Thursday, 15 September 2022 15:12 (two weeks ago) link

she had some tone-deaf responses about being a white woman opening a Tex-Mex restaurant / tequila bar.

She's from Texas, where a substantial number of Tex-Mex restaurants/tequila bars are run by monied Whites under less scrutiny.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 15 September 2022 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

it takes all kinds of kinds iirc

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 September 2022 15:37 (two weeks ago) link

Crazy Tex-Mex Girlfriend

You can't spell Fearless without Earle (President Keyes), Thursday, 15 September 2022 15:54 (two weeks ago) link

“tequila does” def has some blatant white person in a sombrero vibes but i also think it’s a brilliant song. i like to think of “in his arms” as a companion to it

J0rdan S., Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:04 (two weeks ago) link

I will argue though that "To Learn Her" is not one of Wings' memorable songs.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:06 (two weeks ago) link

Rightly or wrongly? It is a perfectly executed 50s throwback - not sure there's another song in her catalog like it.

Indexed, Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:12 (two weeks ago) link

The two guys on Marfa Tapes are also a big asset (I still think Ingram's "Anchor" is an amazing song). It's such a special kind of album; I'm listening to it now...

mosh pit insurance agent (morrisp), Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:26 (two weeks ago) link

yeah its a top 3 for me

Spottie, Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:41 (two weeks ago) link

Not sure if there's supposed to be some grand revelation on my part to the statement that Miranda Lambert's from Texas, which I certainly knew? And doesn't invalidate the appropriation issues? Which is full YMMV territory for anyone's enjoyment or engagement with something.

Love the Vulture piece, particularly her "Dead Flowers" love and spot-on critique of the current state of country radio. Which, as Alfred said, never knew what to do with her.

jon_oh, Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:58 (two weeks ago) link

I'm just pointing out that she probably doesn't see it as appropriation, more like a smart business move with loads of precedent. The only reason anybody cares is that she's famous in a more scrutinized field.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:06 (two weeks ago) link

And besides, it's not like she's the first Country star who's had suspect/cringe/objectionable business interests.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:08 (two weeks ago) link

If I may also note in her character assessment the enormous amount of work she's done (and presumably $ she's given) for animal welfare organizations, and her own Mutt Nation.

https://muttnation.com/foundation/

Indexed, Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:12 (two weeks ago) link

i don’t think we need really need to hold a trial over how problematic she is or isn’t. her songs provide for far more interesting discussion

J0rdan S., Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:34 (two weeks ago) link

"It All Comes Out in the Wash" is sorta a lesser variation on "We Should Be Friends," huh?

Wildcard starts out bumpy, but ends really strong...

mosh pit insurance agent (morrisp), Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:40 (two weeks ago) link

Related, anyone read the Her Country book?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:42 (two weeks ago) link

the only song on Wildcard i’m ambivalent about is “fire escape” because it’s so repetitive it sounds more like a filler song

but otherwise i enjoy Wildcard a great deal,

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:43 (two weeks ago) link

"Settling Down" is the catchiest song of her career. Jeez, even typing the title got it lodged in my head.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:44 (two weeks ago) link

Putting aside the Tex-Mex schtick, something great about "Tequila Does" is how it's, like, a "positive" ode to booze... you know, drink responsibility and all that (and I could never handle tequila myself), but I like the idea of a drinking song that doesn't have a "dark" edge. I'm sure there are many others (esp. in country music), but they're not known to me.

mosh pit insurance agent (morrisp), Thursday, 15 September 2022 18:00 (two weeks ago) link

(or at least paying tribute to a particular drink)

mosh pit insurance agent (morrisp), Thursday, 15 September 2022 18:01 (two weeks ago) link

the first half of wildcard is def a bit patchy altho “mess with my head” is an incredible song, she should keep writing songs that sound like the cars. it gets better starting with “bluebird” — one of her best singles and which ended up being a crowning achievement for her at this stage in her career — and i’d put the final 4 songs up there w/ pretty much any stretch on any of her albums. i love the way the album slowly descends into darkness from “pretty bitchin” (i love being the subject of gossip!) to “tequila does” (no man feels better than tequila!) to “track record” (i recklessly pursue unhealthy relationships) to “dark bars” (here i am in my happy place, hanging out with degenerate alcoholics)

J0rdan S., Thursday, 15 September 2022 18:05 (two weeks ago) link

worth noting that "Bluebird" was her biggest country hit in years

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 September 2022 18:09 (two weeks ago) link

"Life's pretty good if you live it" (from "Pretty Bitchin'") is like one of those all-time great song lines.

mosh pit insurance agent (morrisp), Thursday, 15 September 2022 18:11 (two weeks ago) link

i love the first verse or “bluebird” so much… “i turn pages all the time / don’t like where i’m at, 34 was bad / so i just turn 35”

J0rdan S., Thursday, 15 September 2022 18:22 (two weeks ago) link

"Strange" has been largely DOA at radio, which has surprised me. Not sure if the recurrent play for "Drunk And I Don't Wanna Go Home" w Elle King (also a great single) is hurting it, but it had an impact date back in July and hasn't yet cracked the t40. Would love to see "Waxahachie" or "Geraldene" get tagged as single, but I also respect her DGAF attitude to such things.

jon_oh, Thursday, 15 September 2022 18:43 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah in my head Wildcard is always just like “White Trash” and “It All Comes Out…” and “Way Too Pretty….” and then I listen to it again and get totally blown away by the last third each time.

Tim F, Thursday, 15 September 2022 19:57 (two weeks ago) link

"Dark Bars" is scary. It's like not-quite-middle-aged Dylan looking ahead 20 years.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 September 2022 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

It reminds me of “The Last Time I Saw Richard” and not just because of the setting.

Tim F, Thursday, 15 September 2022 21:01 (two weeks ago) link

"Track Record" is one of my all time favorite Miranda songs.

alpine static, Thursday, 15 September 2022 22:22 (two weeks ago) link

And it's totally buried on Wildcard, surrounded by Pretty Bitchin' and Tequila Does and Dark Bars ... just sitting there in the middle being more understated and perfect.

alpine static, Thursday, 15 September 2022 22:24 (two weeks ago) link

Dark Bars might be my favorite off Wildcard … that chorus gives me goosebumps “I’m not in paaaaaiiin / I’m not on piiiillls”

i love all her songs about bars, dare I say she has a Haggard-esque knack for capturing the sad specifics of booze & loneliness in crowded places & making them still weirdly beautiful

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 16 September 2022 01:40 (two weeks ago) link

Yep. She covered "Misery and Gin."

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 September 2022 02:02 (two weeks ago) link


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