Song of the Day #2,318: ‘Look at Miss Ohio’ – Miranda Lambert

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Best Albums of the 10s So Far
#2 – Miranda Lambert – Look at Miss Ohio

 
First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Now, on to business.

I know, the naysayers out there are crying out “Two Miranda Lambert albums in the top five?!”

And to the naysayers, I reply “Show me two albums on this list I’ve listened to more often than those over the past five years.”

As a music fan, I always have a special relationship to the first album I ever hear by an artist and the first new album they release after I’ve been converted.

For example, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Bob Dylan’s Oh Mercy, the first new album he released after I had devoured his back catalog as a high school sophomore. It marked the first time I bought a Dylan album that was as new to me as it was to a lifelong fan. It was an initiation.

I discovered Miranda Lambert around the time of her third album’s release. That record, Revolution, is as wonderful as all of her albums, but I came late to it. It wasn’t until Lambert’s aptly-titled fourth album, Four the Record, that I ponied up my twelve bucks with the eagerness of an established fan.

And what I heard was Lambert’s finest album to date, a sprawling and ambitious heartland epic that expanded her palette in several directions at once.

Perhaps most emblematic of the chances she takes on this record is ‘Fine Tune,’ a grungy come-on that fits in more sexual metaphors than a Prince song. Lambert’s vocal is distorted on the track, symbolizing her need for “tuning.” This ain’t your mama’s country song.

Your mother would probably love ‘Mama’s Broken Heart,’ though, for its frank and even-handed look at the fight between a mother and daughter over how the latter should deal with a heartbreak. It’s one of my favorite songs in years, and I don’t know if it’s even my favorite song on Four the Record.

Depending on my mood, my favorite could be opener ‘All Kinds of Kinds,’ first single ‘Baggage Claim,’ throwback gems ‘Same Old You’ or ‘Easy Living,’ haunting album closer ‘Oklahoma Sky’ or today’s SOTD, the sublime ‘Look at Miss Ohio.’

In short, this album is 15 tracks of wonderful, and the best record yet by the artist who is doing the most to surprise and delight me right now.

Oh me oh my oh, look at Miss Ohio
She’s a-running around with her rag-top down
She says I wanna do right but not right now

Gonna drive to Atlanta and live out this fantasy
Running around with the rag-top down
Yeah I wanna do right but not right now

Had your arm around her shoulder, a regimental soldier
An’ mamma starts pushing that wedding gown
Yeah you wanna do right but not right now

Oh me oh my oh, would ya look at Miss Ohio
She’s a-runnin’ around with the rag-top down
She says I wanna do right but not right now

I know all about it, so you don’t have to shout it
I’m gonna straighten it out somehow
Yeah I wanna do right but not right now

Oh me oh my oh, look at Miss Ohio
She a-runnin’ around with her rag-top down
She says I wanna do right , but not right now
Oh I wanna do right but not right now

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,318: ‘Look at Miss Ohio’ – Miranda Lambert

  1. Dana says:

    Well, I guess I’m the naysayer. Most of what I’ve heard is perfectly nice, but nowhere near Lonely Avenue or the new Vampire Weekend album. That’s why you have your favorite artists and I have mine.😄

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