Song of the Day #2,315: ‘Platinum’ – Miranda Lambert

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Best Albums of the 10s So Far
#5 – Miranda Lambert – Platinum

 
This is Miranda Lambert’s second appearance on this list, counting her record with Pistol Annies. Will it be her last?

Every musical career evolves in a different way. All artists have ebbs and flows, some that come early, others that come late. Some start quietly, releasing forgettable albums through which they find their footing before making their mark a few records down the line. Others roar out of the gate with a striking debut only to fizzle a bit on a second or third album.

I’ve found that my very favorite artists — the ones that sink their hooks into me and earn a spot in the pantheon — are those who start strong and build and build over at least five albums, each a standalone success but each also an essential part of the emerging big picture.

I’m thinking of artists like R.E.M., Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Bob Dylan, Aimee Mann and Lucinda Williams. If you look at the first five, six, seven of their albums, you see them building a case for greatness from the very beginning. They’ve all subsequently released work that isn’t as essential as those early records, but by then it didn’t matter.

Miranda Lambert has quietly joined the ranks of my very favorite artists by releasing seven albums (if you count the two with Pistol Annies) that are each essential on their own but also pieces of an evolving creative puzzle.

From her debut, the simple folk-country Kerosene, through this year’s Platinum, an eclectic mix of old- and new-school styles, Lambert has displayed a mastery of her craft and a sure-mindedness about her musical direction.

Platinum is at times the poppiest album Lambert has released, and at others the most traditional. She tries on a lush 70s sway for one nostalgic track and a roadhouse grind for another. She spends a lot of time looking back — at lost loves, good times, “old shit” and a world before the internet — but the album as a whole feels like the future of country music.

My disposition permeates
The room when I walk in the place
I’m sorry!
By calculation I’m way too much
Pretentiously I bitch a bunch
But you bought it!
I can’t exceed my reputation
A small town girl with compensation
Exploitin’ all my possibilities
Well don’t you know I’ll blaze a trail
But hell
You can come with me

What doesn’t kill you
Only makes you blonder
My heels and my hotels
They just got taller
Somethin’ bout platinum irrefutably
Looks as good on records
As it does on me

Historically real men prefer
The Marilyns with curls and curves
And I’ve got it!
Genetically or chemically
As long as it contains some bleach
I want it!

You don’t need to be a fighter
Honey, just go one shade lighter
You’ll acquire everything you want
When your roots grow out
And things go South
Hey, go back to the salon!

What doesn’t kill you
Only makes you blonder
My heels and my hotels
They just got taller
Somethin’ bout platinum irrefutably
Looks as good on records as it does on me

Hey! What doesn’t kill you
Only makes you blonder
In fact, my heels and my hotels
They just got taller
Somethin’ bout platinum irrefutably
Looks as good on records as it does on me

Somethin’ bout platinum irrefutably
Looks as good on records as it does on me

Platinum
Platinum
Somethin’ bout platinum

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,315: ‘Platinum’ – Miranda Lambert

  1. Dana says:

    You have certainly featured quite a lot of her music on your blog and she is heavily weighted in your best of the decades, but, while I like some of her work, more than other country fare, I just don’t see her even breathing the same oxygen as the likes of Dylan, Paul Simon, Folds and Costello. Then again, that’s why you have your pantheon and I have mine….

  2. Maddie says:

    Pretty sure she’s definitely breathing the same oxygen 😛

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