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

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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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three years ago) link

Ahhhhhh this album is so good.

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

excited to spin this!!

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

i basically love every song on this album except covered wagon

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 03:26 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:19 (two years ago) link

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

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:24 (two years ago) link

i love vice!!!

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:28 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

"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 (two years ago) link

"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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:57 (two years ago) link

'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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

"Somethin' Bad" is exactly that xpost

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:08 (two years ago) link

🤔 I guess that one too

nomar, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:16 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

there's nothing wrong with "somethin bad"

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 21:51 (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

Closer to Tom Petty to my ears (and "Mess With My Head"!).

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 November 2019 14:57 (three weeks ago) link

re "Dark Bars" this seems right

it's a really gentle production for such a sad song and more texturally interesting than it lets on at first

― J0rdan S., Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:01 AM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

what strikes me in particular is the restraint of her singing. Compare it with "Over You", for instance, where she sings "you went away" big & loud to express her loss. "Dark Bars" communicates in subtler ways, through her twangs, through her enunciation of words with the letter "r" throughout (in "bars", "lifeguard", "hearts", "hard"): soft, almost mushy? but broken? it's mesmerizing me.

L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:02 (three weeks ago) link

What fascinates me about her evolution is how she saves the sentimentality for the rockers while her ballads are getting more fatalistic and in some cases terrifying -- her vocal choices, that is.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:07 (three weeks ago) link

I'll have to give this another listen, because on my first try it sounded just OK but nothing particularly special (at least not the way "The Weight of These Wings" popped out at me).

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:14 (three weeks ago) link

yes her vocal choices are fascinating. just listening to "Track Record" and "Dark Bars" over and over and over again.

"Dark Bars" is a Liz Rose co-write, I just learned.

L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:52 (three weeks ago) link

as is "Track Record"

L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:53 (three weeks ago) link

the little documentary on apple music about this album is not incredibly insightful but it does have some good video

J0rdan S., Saturday, 9 November 2019 19:06 (three weeks ago) link

I don't have the gene that lets me enjoy some of the shtickier upbeat songs but the closing stretch is killer

Simon H., Saturday, 9 November 2019 20:42 (three weeks ago) link

Finally listening to this now. If I could make one plea to the gods of modern pop country it would be this: please make the guitar solos sound more like James Burton (or at least Eddy Shaver) and less like CC Deville. Brad Paisley is probably the only guy from this generation of country stars who understands the role guitar should play in this music. Half of the (admittedly unnecessary) solo breaks here sound like Dial MTV circa 1988.

I like "White Trash," "It All Comes Out In The Wash," and "Track Record," but some of these songs sound like cuts Pat Benatar would have given the gas face, and I don't remember thinking that about any of her previous albums.

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 18 November 2019 18:21 (two weeks ago) link

The Bon Jovification of so much contemporary country doesn't always leave a lot of room for chicken-pickin' and guitar twang.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 November 2019 18:52 (two weeks ago) link

hmm, you make a point there

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 18 November 2019 20:17 (two weeks ago) link

I like most of the solos *shrug*. I've heard worse on Eric Church's The Outsiders.

I take your point about Paisley, though. And Jason Isbell does fine work on The Highwomen album.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 November 2019 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

not important question: why does she cut out the two utterances of the word "pretty" in the last verse? just for fun? or am i missing a reference or a joke?

alpine static, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 21:18 (two weeks ago) link

Of "Pretty Bitchin'"? I assume just cuz it sounds cool?

paris geller spinoff pitch (morrisp), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 23:17 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, sorry i forgot the song title

sounds cool, just seems weird! but i guess identifying that kind of thing is what makes her Miranda Lambert

alpine static, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 23:42 (two weeks ago) link

this woman is an all-time genius

alpine static, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 20:27 (three days ago) link


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