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 (two years ago) link

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

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

It's good to excellent.

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

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

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

lol – good catch

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

reminds me of Iris DeMent's Lifeline.

gross font.

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

this album

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

Seems like a treasure trove on first listen

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

well goddamn

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

PINK SUNGLASSES

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

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

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

legit lol at the intro to "Bad Boy"

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

this is gonna be a nightmare to poll

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

Ahhhhhh this album is so good.

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

excited to spin this!!

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

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 (two years ago) link

"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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

WHAT

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 December 2016 03:09 (two years ago) link

I don't get that at all

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 December 2016 04:53 (two years ago) link

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

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 8 December 2016 11:52 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

I love Jewly Hight

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 December 2016 19:28 (two 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, 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 (two years ago) link

also that's a steal for polarized ones imo

difficult listening hour, Friday, 16 December 2016 08:15 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

"To Learn Her" is like some lost country gem

Heez, Monday, 9 January 2017 06:00 (two years ago) link

can't get over how good this album is

Heez, Monday, 9 January 2017 06:01 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

dyl, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 15:11 (two years ago) link

"Ugly Lights," guys

horseshoe, Friday, 14 April 2017 19:15 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

yeah the clearchannel dweeb doing the countdown thing mentioned that specifically

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 15 April 2017 23:11 (two years ago) link

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

Heez, Sunday, 16 April 2017 02:42 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Upon its release in late 2016, The Weight of These Wings was accompanied by a deluxe, hardbound book, containing exclusive images and details about the album’s creative and recording process of which only a few hundred copies were printed. Now, those images and words have been combined with official videos and previously unheard audio interviews from Lambert.

Today Lambert launches her a one-of-a-kind, interactive Virtual Book for The Weight Of These Wings, where fans can visit TheWeightOfTheseWings.com, connect to their own Spotify accounts with a single click, and stream all of The Weight Of These Wings double album 24 songs, which were originally spread across two CDs (and six sides of vinyl), thematically dubbed ‘The Nerve’ and ‘The Heart.’

maura, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:31 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

New Miranda's song. Way more rock than I was expecting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJqNGUwfL_4

Nourry, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 16:16 (one month ago) link

I like "All Comes Out in the Wash" best of the first three single.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 16:52 (one month ago) link

New singles not doing much for me alas

Simon H., Wednesday, 14 August 2019 17:11 (one month ago) link

album art is outstandingly terrible

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 16 August 2019 02:58 (four weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnsQwvhuRiI

love this though

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 16 August 2019 03:00 (four weeks ago) link

bluebird is really nice

J0rdan S., Friday, 16 August 2019 03:13 (four weeks ago) link

man "runnin just in case" is so good

J0rdan S., Friday, 16 August 2019 03:16 (four weeks ago) link

^^^^^

Tim F, Friday, 16 August 2019 07:42 (four weeks ago) link

this is the only album i've listened to for the last 2 days

J0rdan S., Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:35 (four weeks ago) link

i can't believe alfred was hating on tin man

this ACM performance is stunning https://www.facebook.com/mirandalambert/videos/10155657238850742/?v=10155657238850742

J0rdan S., Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:35 (four weeks ago) link

"smoking jacket" into "pushin time" is my favorite pivot on this album

J0rdan S., Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:39 (four weeks ago) link

the perpetual shimmer of "dear old sun" and "i've got wheels" really rewards you for making it thru all 24 songs

J0rdan S., Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:06 (four weeks ago) link

of the new songs, i'm into "mess with my head". it some weird parts but i like the chorus a lot... power pop sounds good on her. "bluebird" is good too.. "all comes out in the wash" is a cool concept but the song is kinda forgettable to me. "locomotive" was prob fun for her to record but not really her best context

J0rdan S., Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:54 (four weeks ago) link

there is a great line in "bluebird"... "if love keeps giving me lemons / i'll just mix em in my drink"

J0rdan S., Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:56 (four weeks ago) link

"little red wagon" legit is written like a be your own pet song

J0rdan S., Saturday, 17 August 2019 06:05 (four weeks ago) link

good morning!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 August 2019 11:17 (four weeks ago) link

i can't believe alfred was hating on tin man

hey, its host album is her best

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 August 2019 11:17 (four weeks ago) link

"i've got wheels" fucks me up

J0rdan S., Thursday, 22 August 2019 04:47 (three weeks ago) link

fans of this record should watch this PBS special https://www.pbs.org/video/cma-songwriters-series-presents-miranda-lambert-2xrnpj/

J0rdan S., Thursday, 22 August 2019 04:47 (three weeks ago) link

^thanks for the PBS link. Interesting that she had so many different co-writers and yet the album comes across with a consistent voice. Such a great record.

that's not my post, Friday, 23 August 2019 05:32 (three weeks ago) link

bluebird IS good, isn't it

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 23 August 2019 12:52 (three weeks ago) link

i will say that when she opens the song with "Yeah I'm a Turner...", I involuntarily chimed in with "And You're a Hooch" and I have to say I frankly think I should get a CMA songwriter nomination for that

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 23 August 2019 14:23 (three weeks ago) link

https://youtu.be/t4VoWQS5RyY

also not for me. maybe next cycle

Simon H., Monday, 26 August 2019 16:37 (two weeks ago) link

damn, at this rate she's gonna put out every damn song on the album before the release date, which is still two months away.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 30 August 2019 13:24 (two weeks ago) link

The guitar sound is nice, but I've heard this thing from her already.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 30 August 2019 13:29 (two weeks ago) link

put out another new one “pretty bitchin” which is awesome

J0rdan S., Thursday, 5 September 2019 15:46 (one week ago) link

discovered last night that the album this thread is dedicated to is absolutely one of my favorite albums of all time. even the sequencing is incredible

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 September 2019 16:09 (one week ago) link

correct

J0rdan S., Thursday, 5 September 2019 16:11 (one week ago) link


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