BREAKING: It’s really good.
Miranda Lambert is one of a couple artists that I’ll download their album the day it comes out. I did Friday with Wildcard, and spent the weekend listening to it. Here’s some thoughts…
I love that Miranda has rough edges. I don’t think everybody in Country music needs them, but the handful of those that do help keep things more interesting.
Miranda has a history of wearing her feelings on her albums. When she’s sad you hear it, when she’s ticked-off you hear it. It’s pretty obvious listening to Wildcard that she’s in a good place at the moment, and good for her. It’s been a rough couple of years.
I also read & heard interviews talking about this being more of a “rocking” album. I guess, but not overly so, to me. It sounds like a normal Miranda album musically to me.
Highlights for me:
- White Trash – one of those fun ode’s to red-necked-ness. “…I can’t keep my white trash off the lawn.”
- It All Comes Out In The Wash – This one was on the radio and reminds a lot of people of “fun Miranda”. She puts real-life in songs better than most people.
- Settling Down – A nice & easy glimpse into her being content with life. “…am I settling up, or settling down?”
- Holy Water – bluesy & awesome.
- Way Too Pretty For Prison – more fun Miranda, and a great duet song with Maren Morris.
- Bluebird – full of great Miranda-esque lyrics.
Yeah, I’m a turner
I turn pages all the time
Don’t like where I’m at
34 was bad, so I just turn to 35
And if the house just keeps on winning
I got a wildcard up my sleeve
And if love keeps giving me lemons
I’ll just mix ’em in my drink
- Fire Escape – There’s not that many fire escapes where she grew up, I’m thinking this one had to be inspired by her NYC Hot Cop Husband.
- Pretty Bitchin’ – The title is the least clever thing about this song. It’s a really good, really positive look at her life at the moment.
Well, I’m a pretty hot mess, but hell, I guess
I’m pretty sure it’s a family tradition
I’ve got a pretty good time in the checkout line
With all the free press I’ve been gettin’,
- Tequila Does – great first line. “His last name was Flores, he came up from Juarez…”
For me Miranda Lambert albums are like pizzas, there’s no such thing as a bad one. See what you think.